2019 RVIA Economic Impact Study

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RVs Move America Economic Impact Study was released June 3, 2019 at the RVIA annual meeting.

It revealed the RV industry has an overall economic impact on the US economy of $114 billion, supports nearly 600,000 jobs, with more than $32 billion in wages, and pays more than $12 billion in federal, state, and local taxes.

The announcement was made by Garry Enyart, RVIA chairman, and Onan/Cummins Director of Mobile Generator Sales & Coach Care.

For more information on the $114 billion total economic impact and what it includes, click here.

Education Lineup for Hershey RV Show Announced

Thu Jun 27, 2019
Author: RV News

156156880225874.pngThe Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Association (PRVCA) has scheduled its education lineup for industry professionals on Sept. 9 and 10 during America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

The show opens to the public on Sept. 11 and continues through the 15th at the Giant Center, 550 W. Hersheypark Dr.

PRVCA will host educational seminars from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 9 at the Giant Center.

Mike Sokol is teaching a class for RV technicians called Amp Up Your Electricity Knowledge from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will cover 120/240-volt power in campground pedestals, 12-volt DC system operation, surge protectors, troubleshooting, voltage drops for long cable runs and other related topics. Technicians can earn three continuing-education credits for attending the session.

The so-called RV Doctor Gary Bunzer is presenting "The Attitude of Troubleshooting" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. He plans to cover troubleshooting skills, providing professional RV services and justifying major equipment purchases during the six-credit course.

Cummins is offering a six-credit seminar on repairing and maintaining its generators from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Instructors from the company plan to answer frequently asked questions, explain proper maintenance and operating techniques, and provide information about dash lamps, fuel economy and service tools.

Suburban AirXcel will provide training for on-demand water heaters from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The four-credit session will cover new products and operating information for the iW60 on-demand water heater.

Instructors from Constant Contact plan to discuss marketing automation during The Dos and Don'ts of Automated Emails from 2 to 4 p.m. They’ll provide information about how automated messages and autoresponder campaigns can improve a company’s marketing and communications. The seminar does not offer any continuing-education credits.

PRVCA is hosting a preview of America’s Largest RV Show for dealers from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 10. More than 1,400 new RVs are lined up to be displayed this year. They’ll showcase the latest floor plans and new technologies and products.

More than 100 vendors have signed up to have booths to share information about services and products. There are also educational sessions for dealers scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gary Bunzer is returning for second, six-credit Attitude of Troubleshooting session from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A certified Norcold trainer is offering a six-credit session on the company’s gas refrigerators from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. It’ll cover unit basics, the ice maker, water valves, ventilation, burners and orifices, spark electrodes, heaters, power-board codes, flow charts and diagnostic screens. The trainer also plans to explain how to troubleshoot common issues such as door adjustments, water issues and downdraft.

Dometic is providing a four-credit training on its furnaces from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It’ll focus on troubleshooting, understanding furnace components, power points and operation.

Bill Snider of Dexter Axle is offering training for RV technicians on servicing axles, spring suspension and electric-braking systems from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. He plans to cover technician safety, component identification, wheel bearing and electric drum brake service, spring suspension operation, torsion axles, proper trailer loading, alignment, troubleshooting and other topics.

Horizon Global and Reese instructors are teaching a seminar from 2 to 4 p.m. on short-bed solutions, goose boxes, weight distribution, sway control, fifth wheel hitches, mounting systems and the Tekonsha ZCI Snap Don't Snip wiring. Other topics expected to be included in the two-credit session are proportional brake controllers, Reese-powered A-frame jacks and Bulldog-powered 5th wheel landing legs.

Keller Marine and RV is presenting the distributor showcase from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The seminar will cover how to leverage new and existing RV customers for parts businesses and how to measure their success.

David Martin of the Mar-Kee Group is teaching how to Create an Amazing Customer Experience from 10 a.m. to noon. He plans to share 12 ways to impress customers.

Sobel University’s Randy Sobel is sharing his expertise in Learn New Sales Techniques for Today's Challenges from 3 to 4 p.m. He plans to teach how to turn objections into sales by roll playing challenging scenarios RV dealers often face.

An industry dinner party is scheduled to wrap up the day from 5 to 8 p.m. at the AACA Auto Museum. The $10 tickets include cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, a buffet dinner and museum tours. PRVCA is having a silent auction to benefit its political action committee and will present awards during the dinner party.

The education sessions and show are free for PRVCA members. For more information or to register, click here.