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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 .

As Technology Improves, Camping Has Changed

Fri Aug 19, 2016

From canvas tents to Type C motorhomes, how we camp is changing as technology improves and the outdoor industry adapts military technology for use by the average consumer.

Recreational camping became a hobby in the United States in the early 1900s when wealthy business owners would hire guides to take them up into the Adirondack Mountains. That’s according to Martin Hogue, who teaches architecture in the College of Environmental Science and Forestry at the State University of New York in Syracuse and is author of the forthcoming book Thirtyfour Campgrounds.

There are more than 113,000 federally managed campsites in the U.S., more than 166,000 campsites dispersed across state parks, and even more places to camp on private land. Around 5,000 of those state park campsites are in Iowa.

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