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 .
Tue Aug 23, 2016
In 1976, the United States was celebrating its Bicentennial, but for 10-year-old Bill Chapman, Jr., it was the year his family — including his grandparents — packed up and moved from California to Spokane, Washington.
“Dad had a plastering business in California,” Chapman says. “Packing around bags of sand all the time was hard on his body. My folks and my grandparents all sold their homes to make the down payment on this property.”
Purchasing a campground during the mid-70s came with challenges. The economy was down, and the “gas crunch” was on. Then in 1980, Mount Saint Helens erupted, coating the campground with inches of ash. Despite the difficulties his parents faced, however, Chapman, Jr. enjoyed growing up on the campground with his parents, grandparents and siblings, according to a press release from Kampgrounds of America.
“Summertime I worked all the time, just like I do now,” he says. “We all started working right away. Minimum wage back then was just $2.”
Today, the Spokane KOA Journey offers big-rig friendly pull-through and back-in RV Sites with either full or partial hookups and up to 50-amp service. Deluxe cabins, which feature private bathrooms and kitchenettes, one-room camping cabins and comfortable tent sites also are popular options with camping guests. Visitors also love the campground’s amenities, including a pool, playground, arcade, bike rentals, sports court and the Kamp K9 dog park.
The Spokane KOA Journey remains very much a family affair, with four generations living or working on the campground, including Chapman's 96-year-old grandmother and his parents, Cathy and Bill, Sr. His son and daughter-in-law also joined them a year ago.
“In this business you have to work pretty much seven days a week,” Chapman says. “You can’t leave unless you have someone you trust to run the place because there’s always something going on. But it’s a great family business and it sure beats working for somebody else.”
Open year-round, the Spokane KOA Journey is located at 3025 North Barker Road. It is one of 490 open-to-the-public KOA campgrounds in the Kampgrounds of America system in the U.S. and Canada. For more information, call 509-924-4722 or visit www.koa.com. Reservations may be made online or by calling 800-562-3309.