Gulf Today: Tariff move trips up American recreational vehicles industry

Jul 22, 2019 | Member News

From Gulf Today

U.S. President Donald Trump’s new tariff move has tripped up the all-American recreational vehicles (RVs) industry. About 85% of the recreational vehicles sold in the United States are built in and around Elkhart County, making it a popular stop for politicians to tout their visions for U.S. manufacturing — including President Donald Trump, who staged a rally here last May.

And yet this uniquely American manufacturing sector has been caught in the crossfire of Trump’s trade war, according to interviews with industry insiders and economists, along with data showing a steep sales decline amid rising costs and consumer prices. The industry has taken hits from US tariffs on steel and aluminum and other duties on scores of Chinese-made RV parts, from plumbing fixtures to electronic components to vinyl seat covers.

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