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 24, 2016
Because of budget constraints, long distances and time crunches, many RV dealers can’t make it over to the big industry shows in Elkhart, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky.
That’s why, in 2011, Forest River set up its West Coast RV Open House in Harrisburg, Oregon, to cater particularly to those dealers who are unable to make the long, expensive trip out east.
Over its five years of running, the attendance has increased every year. Now in its sixth year, Forest River West Coast National Sales Director Steve Roitstein says the attendance is larger than ever and the response from dealers has been a large success.
“Dealerships are very appreciative that we catered to them on the west coast,” Roitstein says. “Each year, we continue to grow and develop a bit more. We decided this year to add in a service and warranty seminar to build a relationship with our dealer network. The response from all the dealerships has been overwhelmingly positive.”
The show began Tuesday and continues all day Wednesday until 5 p.m. PST at the Forest River facility in Harrisburg. The company also hosts a lunch and dinner for the dealers on each of those days.
“This is a great opportunity to continue to grow and advance the relationships that Forest River’s west coast facilities have with west coast dealers,” Roitstein says. “We like to focus in on them and make sure they’re an important partner with Forest River.”
The show started slowly in 2011 with just the one plant and facility. However, as it continued to grow and develop, a few of the Indiana divisions have come over to participate, while dealerships throughout the west coast travel to the facility in western Oregon, about halfway between Eugene and Corvallis.
“Not every mom and pop small dealerships has the budget or the time to go to Elkhart or Louisville every year for the big shows, so we decided 'Why not give our west coast guys a nice place to come and view the new products?'” Roitstein says. “Most of our west coast plants don’t ship inventory to the big shows. It’s not cost-effective, so it was an opportunity to show (them to the dealers.)”
Roitstein says that about a dozen different vendors came up to him Tuesday telling him it was the busiest opening day in the six-year run of the show.
The show includes more than 30 different brand names and about 126 new models representing each of those brands.
Photo courtesy Steve Roitstein