2019 RVIA Economic Impact Study

RVs Move America infographic

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.

General RV Replaces Virginia Location With New Supercenter

Tue Dec 3, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

157539379382420.jpgGeneral RV Center, opened a new location in Ashland, Virginia. Located at 12500 Harley Club Drive, the Supercenter was built on property adjacent to General RV’s former dealership. The company had served the Richmond area from this location, off Interstate 95, since mid-2017. Due to growing demand, General RV decided to expand so they could better serve customers.



The new location is a full-service dealership with 500 units in stock. The supercenter has 40 service bays, and a large retail store with a wide selection of RV parts and camping accessories.
General RV Ashland service center interior

“We are very proud to unveil our new Ashland Supercenter. It is the largest RV dealership in the mid-Atlantic area and the first of its kind on the east coast,” said Loren Baidas, president of General RV Center. “This premier facility will allow us to provide an industry-leading purchase, delivery, and ownership experience.”

Although General RV has only operated in Virginia for two years, the dealership is currently ranked as the no. 1 motorhome dealer for new motorhomes registered in Virginia according to Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Statistical Surveys.

General RV Ashland service center interior

“With the new space, we can have a greater selection of motorhomes, travel trailers, and fifth wheels,” said General Manager Ed McNamara. “Customers appreciate our large selection of brands and floorplans but it’s our people that make the difference. Much of our business comes from customers who had a great experience and referred their friends.”

The company was founded by Abe Baidas in 1962, after he traveled west and discovered his passion for RVing.

“Not only are we passionate about the RV lifestyle, we are passionate about taking care of our customers. That’s why we built this new Supercenter to better serve them,” said Bo Hurst, General RV sales manager. “Whether they’re going camping in a pop up or a motorhome, we’ll be here with everything they need – from sales and financing to service and parts.”