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 News Exclusive: FMCA Convention Kicks Off in Massachusetts

Thu Aug 4, 2016

145469086530578.pngThe Family Motor Coach Association’s 2016 convention kicked off Wednesday at the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, Massachusetts to about 1,100 families.

The number of attendees was a little down compared to expectations of around 1,500, but FMCA Spokeswoman Robbin Gould says with the commercial motorhomes and exhibitors, the number could reach the goal of 1,500 by the end of the week.

“It’s a little bit smaller than we had experienced in the past,” Gould says. “But we were encouraged by the surge of numbers there at the end. We’re still maintaining the same level of activities and it’s running very smoothly. I anticipate the final comments from people saying it is a great show.”

This is the 94th convention by the FMCA, which tries to host its conventions in a different part of the country every year. Gould says it has been about 16 years since the convention was in the northeast region of the United States, so the return had been long overdue.

“This is our first time in West Springfield, Massachusetts,” she says. “We haven’t been up here in the northeast since 2000 when we were in Maine. It was time to return.”

Despite the smaller-than-anticipated numbers so far, the convention has had about 150 separate companies exhibiting their products on the grounds, which is a chance for some companies to display their new products even before the Open House in Elkhart.

“We are the beneficiaries of some things that will be released at Open House, but we can be among the first looks at the new models,” Gould says.

Included throughout the proceedings of the next few days will be around 100 seminars based on technical expertise, towing, refrigeration, electrical safety and technology. Day-time and evening entertainment including the Texas Tenors who received their fame from “America’s Got Talent,” along with an ice cream social, a coffee hour and a pickle ball setup will be there.

The convention also will include a youth tour for people who brought their kids and grandchildren to the convention. Gould says the setup has been great and it appears it is off to a good start.

“It’s all about community and angled toward fellowship,” she says. “It was a very detailed process of laying out the land ahead of time. It was very well planned out for the family attendees. It’s always a great time to make new friends.”