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 .

Thor Motor Coach Helps with High School RV Construction Program

Tue Jun 11, 2019
Author: RV News

156026760647642.pngThor Motor Coach has been helping with an RV construction program at Northwood High School in Nappanee, Indiana for the past five months.

The Indiana Board of Education approved the program in December as one of the state’s new pathways to graduation. It gives students a chance to develop skills used in building recreational vehicles, such as working with power tools, electrical wiring and plumbing.

Damon Hummel teaches the specialized course. He worked with Stan Murphy, purchasing manager at Thor Motor Coach, to teach students how to run plumbing lines through a mock-up built at the school. Thor diesel engineer Andrey Maryuschchenko and plant manager Robert Querry were also involved in working with the seven students in the program.

Next year, Hummel has 17 students already signed up. He plans to introduce them to electrical wiring.

Pictured above are students working on the line at Northwood High School in Nappanee, Indiana.