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 Sep 7, 2016
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan — Recreational vehicles transform into yurts and then luxury cabins as Anja Gierlach whizzes a golfcart through the 80 acres of land within Timber Ridge RV and Recreation Resort.
The sprawling campsite represents a new era of camping no longer defined by a tent pitched in the wilderness. Campers at Timber Ridge — and many other sites in northwest Lower Michigan — can choose to spend outings in anything from basic tent and RV accommodations to cabins with all the luxuries of home.
Nightly rates at the resort during peak season range from $45 for a basic tent campsite all the way up to $209 for a 10-person bunkhouse. Options in between range from a fully-furnished yurt to a deluxe cabin featuring TVs, air conditioning, a bathroom and a fully-equipped kitchenette. Campers also can take advantage of resort-esque amenities like a heated pool, fat-tire and turbo bikes, a banquet hall and various recreation grounds.