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 .

Ready RV Hires Industry Veteran as Shop Manager

Fri Sep 9, 2016

147344064485927.jpgMIDDLEBURY, Indiana — The Ready To Roll program at Ready RV took on a new face last month when 20-year RV industry veteran Bill Meadows joined the staff as the new shop manager.

“We are very pleased that Bill decided to join our team,” Ready RV President Mike McGee says. “His 20-plus years of experience will be a great asset to us and we believe we will continue to grow our company at a rapid rate with his help.”

Ready RV is a subsidiary of Team RV Express which has been in the RV transport business for 10 years and is headquartered in Middlebury. The mission of Ready RV is to perform Pre Delivery Inspections on RVs so they are retail ready when Team RV Express drivers deliver them to dealerships throughout North America. The RVs are ‘Ready To Roll’ – or ready for retail sale — when they arrive at the dealership.

“The staff here has been very welcoming,” Meadows says.

The 48-year-old father and grandfather most recently worked at Continental Coach in Shipshewana. He was there for five years and worked as the assistant production coordinator. He also was in charge of quality control so that responsibility fits nicely with managing a PDI shop.

“Most of what I’ve dealt with is from the ground up so this is a different challenge but I think my experience will make it a little easier,” he says.

Meadows supervised as many as 70 staff while at Continental Coach and says he has been impressed by the quality of staff at Ready RV.

“Very capable and very competent,” he says of his new crew. “We have a few young guys who are like sponges and the other guys share their knowledge and are willing to offer sound advice.”

Meadows quickly embraced the concept of conducting PDIs for transport customers and transporting the RVs ‘Ready To Roll.’

“It’s a fabulous plan with a good staff at Ready RV," he says. "I can see why dealers like this strategy. It frees up their shops for labor rate jobs. They’re not tying up their shops with PDIs.”

Meadows is a Shriner and a Mason and owns a 1970 Chevy Nova that he likes to play with for recreation. He and his wife Penny reside in Shipshewana.