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 .

EPA and NHTSA Announce Greenhouse Gas Final Rule for Motorhomes

Thu Aug 18, 2016

145072659275994.jpgThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the publication of their joint Phase 2 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) and Fuel Consumption final rule for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, including motorhomes, for model years 2021-2027 on Aug. 16.

Based on input provided by RVIA, the Phase 2 rule establishes unique GHG and fuel consumption standards and certification procedures for motorhome chassis in recognition of the factors that distinguish motorhomes from typical trucks that are operated for commercial purposes.

According to RVIA Vice President of Government Affairs Dianne Farrell, the agencies’ final rule significantly improves on the initial requirements stated in an earlier Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by establishing reasonably achievable emissions standards for motorhomes chassis.

"The final rule also included RVIA's suggestion of more flexible and simplified certification pathways for motorhomes," Farrell says.

Like the Phase 1 rule that preceded it, the 1,690-page Phase 2 rule will require that motorhome chassis sold in the U.S. meet more stringent GHG emissions standards. The Phase 2 rule also will require compliance with NHTSA’s fuel consumption requirements (which are meant to mirror EPA’s GHG emissions standards). While NHTSA no longer exempts motorhomes from fuel consumption requirements impacting motorhome manufacturers who make their own chassis, the agencies listened to the majority of RVIA concerns.

Under the new rule, motorhome chassis have the option of being certified via a simplified approach available only to motorhomes, emergency vehicles, cement mixers, coach buses, school buses and refuse trucks. It is anticipated that motorhome chassis will be equipped with more fuel efficient engines, new low rolling resistance tires, and tire pressure monitoring systems which are expected to yield about a five to 10 percent improvement in fuel economy (and a similar reduction in GHG emissions).

“Millions of RVers enjoy camping and fun-filled recreational activities in the Great Outdoors, and as an industry we understand the responsibility of being good stewards of the environment," RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer says. "It is important to have rules and policies that look out for the health of both our environment and our economy. RVIA members, staff and its consultants are to be commended for their leadership on this issue and for their efforts in educating the agencies on the RV industry. We appreciate the good work these agencies are doing, their willingness to learn about our industry and the improvements that have been incorporated into the final rule.”