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.

MARVAC to Offer Technical Training to Members

Mon Dec 2, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

157530628248520.pngThe Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) is providing free RV technical training classes Dec. 10-12, at the association’s office in Okemos, Mich.

“As a benefit to our members, especially the dealers and service centers, we are bringing in experts to provide one day trainings covering multiple National RV Dealer Association/RV Industry Association (RVDA/RVIA) certified courses,” MARVAC Director Darren Ing says. “Ultimately, RV owners will benefit most from the extra education provided.”

The RV Technical Institute (RVTI), a division of RVDA/RVIA, has developed multiple training modules on a variety of courses covering everything from propane, electrical and plumbing systems to chassis, towing and RV body components.

“The new curriculum has been in the making for almost two years with hundreds of hours of volunteered work by some of the RV industries best,” RVTI Executive Director Curt Hemmeler says. “The curriculum has been broken into seven courses and 38 modules to give the most flexibility for the learner to focus on one area or on one class in particular.”

Each day of training at the MARVAC offices will cover multiple topics from fifth wheel hitch applications and installations to gas detectors and regulators to advanced mobile power technology. Programs and vendors include PullRite, MORryde, MTI Safety Alert, MEC, Xantrex, AP/Bauer, King, SikaFlex and AirLift.

“Technical training has been important and critical to our industry’s success for many years but it is even more important now,” says Terry Goddard of Tom Manning & Associates. “We need to give the technicians the information they need to get the job done properly, safely and quickly. It is important for the technicians to take advantage of this training as they will receive certification hours, information and materials to help them with their jobs.”

There is no cost to MARVAC members in good standing to attend one of the all-day educational opportunities. Lunch for participants is provided and classes are limited to 50 people. To register for any of the three day of classes, click here.

“We look forward to many of our members and their service teams taking this opportunity to advance their knowledge of our industry and to improve the RV experience for everyone,” Ing says.