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 .

More Families Hitting the Road in RVs

Mon Aug 8, 2016

After serving four years in the Army, Michael Trotter Jr. wanted to explore the America he and his counterparts fought for.

"I remember saying to myself in Kuwait, if I made it home, I'm definitely going to travel," Trotter, 34, says. "What is it about America that several of my battle buddies gave their lives for?"

In 2014, the former Towson resident, his wife — singer Tanya Blount Trotter, 42 — their three-person soul and folk band The War and Treaty and their now-5-year-old son, Legend, packed up their lives and loaded them in a recreational vehicle to find out. Together, they have "busted up the road," journeying from Maryland to Tennessee to Florida to Illinois and farther west — wherever gigs and curiosity have taken them, he says.

The Trotter family is among hundreds nationally who travel in their RVs full time, taking their lives — jobs and schooling included — with them, according to Kimberly Travaglino, founder of the website Fulltime Families. The online resource serves more than 1,200 subscribed "full-time families," Travaglino said.

Additional Information: http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/maryland-family/bs-lt-life-on-the-road-20160804-story.html