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 .
Wed Aug 10, 2016
Nearly 11 years after the survivors of Hurricane Katrina began blaming their FEMA trailers for their health problems, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a new rule addressing what is believed to have been the main cause of their suffering — formaldehyde.
The final rule, announced July 27, limits the emissions of formaldehyde vapors for composite wood products used to make kitchen cabinets, furniture and flooring. Motivated in part by the high levels of fumes found in many of the recreational vehicles shipped to the Gulf Coast after the 2005 hurricane, the new standards are touted as protecting the public from harmful exposure to the chemical.
Formaldehyde in the RVs sent to Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas to provide temporary housing for displaced residents spawned a series of class actions. Manufacturers, many in northern Indiana, and the contractors who installed the units were named in the slew of complaints.