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 .

RV/MH Hall of Fame Deadline Nears

Thu Jul 7, 2016

ELKHART, Indiana - With only a few more weeks left before the 2016 RV/MH Hall of Fame Induction Dinner honoring the Class of 2016, Darryl Searer, president and CEO of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation, is encouraging friends and colleagues of this year's inductees, to make their reservations now to be part of the festivities.

The RV/MH Heritage Foundation will formally recognize the distinguished careers and lifetime achievements of the industries' most notable individuals at the 2016 Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Monday, August 1 at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart.

This year's class includes five outstanding members of the RV industry and another five from the manufactured housing industry.

The RV industry inductees include Gary Bunzer, Bunzer Consulting, Inc.; Ernie F. Friesen, All Seasons RV/Redding RV; Jay C. Hesse (deceased), Blue Ox; Thomas R. "Tim" McGuire, The Coast Distribution System, Inc.; William (Bill) Overhulser, Del Rey Industries; and Roland Sahm (deceased), Elixir Industries.

On the manufactured housing side, the inductees include Joseph H. Stegmayer, Cavco Industries, Inc.; Robert (Bob) Edward Richardson, Richardson Homes Corp; James (Jim) Miller, Nationwide Custom Homes; and Ross Kinzler, Wisconsin Housing Alliance.

"Everyone is welcome so we hope to see a large turnout for these honorees," Searer says. "Make a day of it by also signing up for our Annual Golf Classic Fundraiser at Bent Oak Golf Club. A full breakfast will be served at 7 a.m. followed by the golf tournament at 8:30 a.m. The format is a scramble with a shotgun start. A luncheon and awards ceremony follows the completion of the round of golf. Pick your teams and enjoy this event that helps support our Hall of Fame."

During the day, the Hall of Fame and museum will be open at no charge for those planning to attend the induction dinner in the evening.

"We've added new displays that are attracting a lot of attention, including the historic aviator Charles A. Lindbergh's travel trailer that he personally helped design, and he and his family camped in often," Searer says.

At the induction ceremony, Searer promises to unveil some exciting new plans for the Hall of Fame facilities looking into the future.

To make reservations for the induction dinner and/or the golf outing, visit www.rvmhhalloffame.org or by calling 574-293-2344.

Searer urges those planning to attend to make their reservations by July 21, 2016, to ensure seating at dinner.