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 .
Mon Sep 26, 2016
Saint Petersburg, Florida – The North American Trailer Dealers Association hosted its ninth annual trade show at the Music City Center for the second year in a row from Sept. 8-10. The weekend consisted of educational workshops, training, receptions, giveaways and more.
“We are very proud to announce that our show has grown immensely since last year with a 9 percent increase in dealership attendance,” NATDA President Andy Ackerman says.
The 2016 NATDA Trade Show and Convention had a total of 486 dealerships in attendance.
The weekend kicked off with Dealer Education on Thursday, Sept. 8 with eight courses that were designed to bring dealerships to the next level. Keynote speaker, Bob Clements, of Bob Clements International, delivered a sensational seminar entitled “Dare to Be Different” that was a hit among dealers, according to a press release. Following dealer education, H&H Trailers hosted a dealer reception at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.
The morning of Friday, Sept. 9, LINK Trailer Parts provided coffee, donuts and hosted the Exclusive Technical Training. The Exclusive Technical Training provided dealers with hands on technical training that they could “take back to the shop” from technical experts with Blue Ox, PullRite and Cequent Performance Products.
This year’s show featured the New Product Display where dealers voted for the best new product of the season. NATDA announced the following official winners:
1st Place – Airtug Trailer Tugs Heavy Duty Gas Trailer Tug
2nd Place – TexTrail Trailer Parts LiftGator Removable Liftgate
3rd Place – Gen-Y Hitch GH-1224
The first day of the trade show was closed out by Redneck Trailer Supplies who hosted the “Redneck Honky Tonk." Dealers from every state (plus, Canadian dealers) walked the halls on Friday, Sept. 9 and Saturday, Sept. 10, networking and checking out the latest in industry innovation.