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: RV Dealerships Affected by Louisiana Flooding

Mon Aug 22, 2016

The southern Louisiana flooding over the last week has displaced tens of thousands of people, damaged 60,000 homes and caused the deaths of 13 people across the state.

The estimated cost of the flood so far is around $30 million, a number which likely will grow as more damage is assessed. That makes this flood the worst disaster to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy hit New York and New Jersey in 2013, according to a report by CNN.

Looking through all of those numbers, two RV dealerships in particular in and around the Baton Rouge area, have been particularly affected by the floods.

Dixie RV Superstores, a 100,000-square-foot store in nearby Hammond, Louisiana, took on a lot of water during the flooding.

It has been reported that the store had four feet of water in parts of its parking lot and a few of the models that couldn't be moved have been affected by the flooding, reaching several million dollars in damage.

Additionally, Miller's RV in Baton Rouge also took on some damage, but the dealership declined comment until all of the damage is assessed and notated.

The RV Shop in Baton Rouge was largely missed by the flooding, Manager Tyson Vince says. While a couple of the dealership's employees took on some water at their homes, no one was hurt and the dealership is running normal business hours, Vince says.

As the flood waters begin to be taken care of and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) begins the cleanup and emergency relief efforts, more damage will be accounted for and people will be helped.

According to a story from Yahoo News, FEMA will be providing trailers for people displaced by the flood to stay in. The models will be upgraded significantly from the now-infamous trailers provided to the people of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Those trailers were tainted with formaldehyde and infected some of the temporary residents with toxins during and after that time.

The upgraded model is designed to last longer and will include both safety equipment and fire-detection sprinklers.

"We're really focusing on safety," FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate tells Yahoo News. "This may look like a standard manufactured housing unit on the outside, but it's the inside that makes it special."