RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

New York Law Affecting RV Smoke Alarms in Effect

Fri Apr 12, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

155128793944232.pngA new law took effect in New York on April 1 that requires all solely battery-operated smoke detecting alarm devices that are distributed, sold, offered for sale or imported, to employ a non-removable, non-replaceable battery that powers the device for a minimum of 10 years.

The provisions of this new law do not apply to battery-powered smoke detecting alarm devices which use a replaceable, removable battery if they have been ordered by, or are in the inventory of, owners, managing agents, contractors, wholesalers or retailers on or before April 1.

This new law primarily covers smoke alarms sold as aftermarket devices or as replacement devices for current alarms. Smoke alarms that are offered as original equipment by RV manufacturers would not be subject to these provisions, according to RVIA.

All product packaging containing a solely battery-operated smoke detecting alarm device sold in New York after April 1 must include the following information:

• (a) the manufacturer's name or registered trademark and the model number of the smoke detecting alarm device; and
• (b) that such alarm device is designed to have a minimum battery life of 10 years.

For more information, contact Mike Ochs at mochs@rvia.org.