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 .

Arizona RV Resorts Preparing for Snowbird Season

Tue Sep 6, 2016

PHOENIX - Several RV resorts operated by Equity LifeStyle Properties are making improvements in preparation for the upcoming snowbird season.

ViewPoint RV & Golf Resort in Mesa is working to complete its second fitness center by the end of September.

“It’s going to be a really nice facility with nice equipment,” Park Manager Cheryl Dewarrat says, adding that a grand opening for the new fitness center is planned for Nov. 17.

Dewarrat says the resort is improving its facilities in response to guest demand.

“We have very much a boomer crowd,” she says, “and they want to stay busy and active.”

ViewPoint’s amenities include an 18-hole golf course, four swimming pools and seven hot tubs. Park activities include outdoor music events, concerts, tailgate parties and music on the golf greens every Wednesday. The park also has a ballroom that can accommodate 1,500 people.

“We have 30-year-olds who tell us they want to live here and can’t because it’s an age restricted community,” Dewarrat says of the resort, which features more than 300 RV sites as well as sites for park model RVs and manufactured homes.

Other ELS properties making improvements in preparation for the upcoming winter season include Sunrise Heights RV Resort in Phoenix, which replaced its tennis courts with four pickleball courts this summer.

“Pickleball is the new craze in RV communities and our RVers have been asking for them,” Sunrise Heights Community Manager Natalie Daniels says.

Meanwhile, Countryside RV Resort in Apache Junction rebuilt its pool and deck area and adjacent restrooms this summer.

“Our maintenance staff also put in a new building for pool equipment, so it looks nice and fresh,” Countryside Resort Manager Marta Alegria says.

The resort also built a flower bed at the entrance to the park to improve its curb appeal, Alegria says, adding that the park is currently installing new street signs.

“We were booked full last winter,” Alegria says. “I’m sure this coming winter will be the same.”