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 .

CRVA Closely Monitoring Tiny Homes

Thu Jul 14, 2016

The Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association (CRVA) has been closely monitoring the “Tiny Home” movement in Canada, especially after hearing references by some builders in their advertising materials that the units are now being touted online as “Tiny Home RVs”.

Conserving the RV Industry’s integrity, CRVA is most concerned with the safety and compliance of the construction of Tiny Home RVs, most of which are not being manufactured under either the CSA Z240 RV Series or CSA Z-241 Park Model Trailers series certification required in Canada. CRVA is also troubled with the units intended for full-time residential use which is in conflict with the temporary or seasonal definition of an RV, according to a press release.

CRVA’s concerns were significantly heightened recently when made aware of a series of seminars which are being offered in Canada by an American Manufacturer of Tiny Homes with a planned agenda to educate consumers on how to design and construct their own Tiny Home RV.

“CRVA works closely with accredited companies to develop the quality standards and codes specifically designed for all types of recreation vehicles to ensure compliance and safety to our consumers so, needless to say, any manufacturer promoting the ability for a consumer to construct their own RV, unbound of any codes whatsoever is extremely alarming to CRVA,” Executive Director Shane Devenish says. “RV consumers need assurance that their purchase is safe for their family and verifying that their RV is compliant with the applicable building codes should always be paramount in their minds.”

CRVA also notes that contrary to a number of Tiny Home Manufacturer website testimonials, RV consumers are unable to obtain financing or insurance on their “Tiny Home RV” through traditional RV Industry sources and campgrounds are now keenly on the lookout for non-compliant units entering their premises.

“The Canadian Camping and RV Council have made our members fully aware of the potential threat to their Campground and the RV Industry in general if we do not monitor each RV unit that occupies our campsites” CCRVC Chairman Robert Trask says. “We want to do our best to ensure that we are never put in a position whereby there is a tragedy involving a non-compliant 'Tiny Home RV' in one of our campgrounds.”

“Canadian RV dealers must comply with the applicable provincial motor vehicle safety requirement and regulations," RVDA of Canada President Eleanor Hamm says. "Should units not be built to a recognized standard then dealerships cannot sell or service these types of units. Consumers should be aware that non-compliant units could pose a safety threat.”