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 .

Airstream Celebrates 85th Anniversary

Wed Sep 14, 2016

Come and listen to a story about a man named Wally, a humble travel pioneer with wanderlust in his heart.

Wally Merle Byam was born on July 4, 1896, in Baker City, Oregon. He would find himself pretty much alone in the world at a young age, but moss would not grow under his feet. To make a long and captivating biography short, Byam loved camping and his wife, who did not love camping, or at least sleeping on the ground. So Byam set out to provide an acceptable boudoir on wheels. In the process, an entire culture was formed.

There is no shortage of books about Airstream trailers, but Patrick Foster's book "Airstream: America's World Traveler" may be the definitive tome about Byam and the history of his wanderings. Published by Motorbooks (an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group USA), the hefty hardback of 192 pages has 158 color photos and 114 black-and-white images.

Additional Information: https://www.creators.com/read/maynards-garage/09/16/airstreams-85th-anniversary