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 .

RV News Exclusive: Hershey Show Sets Record for Fifth Straight Year

Thu Sep 22, 2016

147404213581938.gifAmerica’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pennsylvania set a final attendance record for the fifth straight year, showing a total gate number of 57,692 people.

In 2015, the number was a then-record 52,348, according to Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Campground Association Executive Director Heather Leach. The fact that the show keeps increasing is largely because of the health of the RV industry and the interest in the 1,300 units that were on display from 47 different manufacturers.

“We’ve increased every year since 2011,” Leach says. “2011 was down a little bit because we had a tropical storm come in, but we had 33,000 people there. By 2016, we had 57,000. That’s a substantial increase.”

The show displayed the newest and brightest of the RV industry’s models, as well as several hourly seminars for people looking for brand new RVs or wanting direction and advice on several topics such as winterization, finances and other RVing skills, both inside and outside of the RV industry.

Leach says she feels the 2016 show was a success and already is preparing for the next year’s edition.

“We’re very pleased with the show this year,” she says. “We had a great response from our exhibitors and we’re looking forward to making it better for next year.”