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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 .

Texas Association and Campground Owners Releases Financial Impact

Mon Jul 25, 2016

CROWLEY, Texas — The RV and campground industries accounted for $1.8 billion in direct economic output and 9,151 jobs in Texas in 2015, according to a comprehensive analysis of RV segment of the travel and tourism business.

Nationally, the RV and campground industries provided $49.7 billion in direct economic output and 289,852 jobs last year, according to the report, which was prepared by Brooklyn, N.Y.-based John Dunham & Associates for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

“I think the value of RV travel, combined with low fuel prices, is causing our industry to be on fire,” Texas Association and Campground Owners (TACO) Executive Director and CEO Brian Schaeffer says. “You can see it in these numbers.”

The RVIA report found that the $1.8 billion in direct economic output from the RV and campground industries in Texas included $933.4 million from RV manufacturers and suppliers; $424.2 million from RV sales and service; and $397.7 million from campgrounds, RV parks and resorts.

In terms of employment, the RV and campground industries in Texas account for 9,151 jobs, including 1,761 with RV manufacturers and suppliers; 3,286 RV sales and service jobs; and 4,104 jobs generated by the campground sector.

Schaeffer says the Texas RV industry figures are among the strongest in the country because the Lone Star State is home to Alvarado-based Motor Home Specialist, the world’s largest motorhome dealer, as well as PPL Motorhomes in Houston, the largest used RV and consignment dealer in the country, and the country’s largest towable dealer in Cleburne based Fun Time RV.

“We have an incredibly strong presence in the campground business as well,” Schaeffer says. “All of the major players are in Texas, including KOA, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Parks and Equity LifeStyle Properties through their Encore properties in the Rio Grande Valley and their Thousand Trails network, which is very strong in Texas. We also have Legacy RV Resorts, which is based in Texas, and RVC Outdoor Destinations, which has properties in Texas.”

Schaeffer says the relationships between RV dealers and campgrounds in Texas are excellent.

“Many of our campgrounds have dealer days or service days, when people come out from the dealerships to the campgrounds,” he says. “Even though there have been highs and lows in the oil and gas business, the tourism element is stronger than ever before.

Schaeffer says the efforts by TACO and others to maintain later school start dates also have helped to maintain the economic strength of the summer camping season.

Schaeffer added that everything from sports teams to the emergence of new attractions, such as Schlitterbahn theme parks in New Braunfels, Corpus Christi; Galveston Island and South Padre Island, have gotten people traveling all over the state.

But while the manufacture and sale of RVs generate considerable revenue and employment, Schaeffer says it’s the use of RVs over time that generates lasting economic benefits for the communities where campgrounds, RV parks and resorts are located.

Campgrounds also are diversifying their economic base with park model RV rentals and other types of rental accommodations, which can generate three to five times as much revenue as an RV site alone. This not only strengthens campgrounds’ economic foundation, but it enables them to introduce millions of people to camping and RVing.

Based in Crowley, the Texas Association of Campground Owners is the trade association that represents campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across the Lone Star State. For more information about camping in Texas, please call Brian Schaeffer at 817-426-9395 or visit and