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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 .

Vistabule Teardrop Trailers Offers Units with Flexible Solar Panels

Wed Oct 11, 2017

150773156176904.jpgSt. Paul, Minnesota-based Vistabule Teardrop Trailers has partnered with the flexible solar panel maker Sunflare to offer a new teardrop trailer that can go off-grid and still turn on lights, charge devices and run appliances, all from the power of the sun.

Vistabule’s trailers have a large picture window in the trailer and feature several fold-away, space-saving furniture items such as tables, a semi-automatic bed that turns into a sofa and more that will create more space and offer more customizable features in the small teardrop trailers.

With the Sunflare solar panels installed, RV customers can completely charge two smartphones or partially charge a laptop, turn on the lights and a fan, run a refrigerator for two and a half days or operate a heater for three hours, according to a story by Treehugger.com.

“When we first started our business, we wanted to make a camping trailer that was beautiful, energy-efficient and would easily blend technology with human comfort,” Vistabule CEO Bert Taylor says. “Adding Sunflare solar collection panels to our Vistabule trailers substantially lengthens the time campers can be off the grid and greatly enhances the entire camping experience.”