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 .
Fri Aug 26, 2016
When the RVDA of Canada laid out the celebratory bricks for each one of its 28 current and former chairmen, the honorees in attendance were deeply moved by the gesture of gratitude in an industry that has changed more in the last 30 years than in the nearly 70 that preceded it.
Earlier this week, the RVDA of Canada celebrated its 30th year anniversary at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana, where it honored each of its chairmen and looked forward to the next 30 years of representing RV dealers in Canada, a market that has grown and evolved with the United States market step-for-step.
While much has changed in the 30 years RVDA of Canada has been on the map, much also has stayed the same.
“It’s interesting that some of the issues are the same,” RVDA of Canada President Eleanor Hamm says. “We were dealing with the harmonization of standards issues 30 years ago and we have the same issues today. Some of the progress is slow, but there is evolution. We’ve matured and developed and have been able to expand. We’ve developed a strategic plan and have been able to address the needs of our members through government relations programs to concentrate on advocacy and increase the budget and offer more services to our members in terms of benefits.”
Thirteen of the association’s past and current chairmen were present in Elkhart to be presented with the bricks of honor, as well as receive a tour by RV/MH Hall of Fame President Darryl Searer and be briefed on the organization’s impending expansion, as well as opportunities to network and socialize.
Three of the former chairmen have passed away, while others couldn’t find the time commitment to attend, but all of them were honored just the same, Hamm says.
In 30 years, the RV industry certainly has changed, with dealers having to be more knowledgeable and dedicated to selling RVs to a changing spectrum of demographics, while new things seem to pop up every day.
“With communication, it’s very different now. It’s a lot faster,” Hamm says. “And it’s much more global in terms of the North American industry. We work with RVDA very closely and have had to partner throughout North America. It used to more local. But now we’re starting the dialogue and unifying the more different parts of the country.”