How tariffs could impact Elkhart County’s economy

ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. — The RV Capital of the World relies heavily on two things President Trump may be targeting – steel and aluminum. So what impact could new tariffs have on life in Michiana?

“When you increase the price of materials it takes to build RVs – when you do that, obviously that cost has to go somewhere,” said Levon Johnson, the president of the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce.

Read the full story from ABC 57.

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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  • Captn John says:

    Maybe if they slow down they could build a quality product even at a few dollars more. They would save in all the warranty costs. Customers would be happier and more prone to buying another. I see no change, selfish greed in the industry. I hope the tariffs go forward!

  • Linda says:

    Ditto on the product quality and warranty costs! Recycling will help. If more industries are worried about the cost of imported materials and consumers are concerned with increased prices, then perhaps this would encourage people to recycle their aluminum and other metals. I know around where we are there’s a fortune in cans and ‘junk’ laying around.
    As a park owner we collect aluminum cans & plastic for local collection site and take our ‘junk’ metal to the reclamation service (might as well get paid for it). Unbelievable what previous owners and campers have left on the property.

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