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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 .

Nominations for RV/MH Hall of Fame Due by Oct. 31

Fri Sep 30, 2016

ELKHART, Indiana - Those planning to nominate a candidate to the RV/MH Hall of Fame for consideration for the Class of 2017 need to have their paperwork submitted no later than Oct. 31, according to Darryl Searer, chairman of the RV/MH Hall of Fame.

"The Hall welcomes nominations from all RV and manufactured housing sectors, such as manufacturers, dealers, campgrounds, housing communities, suppliers, user groups, trade media and professional associations," Searer says. "The nominating committee is especially interested in receiving nominations for deserving early pioneers who may have been forgotten, passed over or overlooked in the past."

According to the guidelines, anyone (including Canadians) can nominate a person to the Hall of Fame that meets the eligibility requirements. The only people who may not be considered are those who currently serve on the Hall's Selection Committee.

To be eligible the nominee must be, or have been, an active participant in any segment of the recreation vehicle, campground or manufactured housing industries for a minimum of 25 years.

Also, the nomination form must be filled out in its entirety and must be accompanied by three supporting letters (no more, no less) that meet the Hall's guidelines for these letters. Incomplete nominations cannot be considered. If the nominee is not selected within five years, he or she remains eligible only if the nomination is resubmitted and refreshed with additional information.

When evaluating a potential nominee, the selection committee will consider the nominee's overall contributions to the good of the industry, to include both his or her positions, accomplishments and innovations on the job as well as volunteer work both inside and outside the industry, with special emphasis on volunteer work done on behalf of state and national associations and owner groups, the Hall of Fame itself and other industry-related organizations and causes.

If a completed nomination form and three properly-prepared seconding letters are received by Oct. 31 of any year, the nominee will be in the pool of candidates considered for the following year's class and for four years beyond that if not selected that year.

The Hall's Selection Committee will announce its selections in, or before, January and those chosen will be inducted at the Hall's annual Induction dinner in August. The Hall's bylaws allow for up to 10 inductees per year.

"The Selection Committee is made up of an equal number of members of the RV and Manufactured Housing industries, and members will only vote on nominees from their respective industries," Searer says.

Once the nomination form and supporting letters have been completed, the nominations may be submitted by e-mail (, regular mail, in person at the Hall, or by fax at 574-293-3466.

Searer says that all the nomination forms and instructions are available for download on the Hall's web site,

Send nominations to:

Nominating Committee
RV/MH Hall of Fame
21565 Executive Parkway
Elkhart Indiana 46514
574-293-3466 (Fax)