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 .

CIVD CEO Passes Away Sunday

Fri Sep 30, 2016

147525424011005.jpgHans-Karl Sternberg, the former CEO of the Caravanning Industry Association, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Sunday. Sternberg headed the federation since 1989.

On Sunday, Sept. 25, the longtime manager of the Caravanning Industry Association died at the age of 63 years. With his passing, he "left us an outstanding personality who very successfully led the fate of the association for decades and the interests of the Caravanning Industry represented impressively," according to an obituary on the Caravan Salon website. In his role as a long-time general secretary of the European Caravan Federation, he sat successfully for the interests of the recreation sector throughout Europe.

Those who knew him, especially appreciated his dynamics, his ingenuity and his determination. His tireless commitment to the needs of the Caravanning Industry was characterized by his high level of expertise and his perseverance. Together with his humanity and his sense of humor were the characteristics that made him a special person and a highly appreciated partner.

Hans-Karl Sternberg has influenced the CIVD significantly and created a sustainable model of business. His main impact has been the forging of the unity of the whole industry as a historical strength, according to the obituary. The great successes and achievements of the CIVD in recent decades bear his signature.

"On behalf of our entire Board and the staff of the CIVD, we wish his family much strength in the coming days and weeks and express our gratitude for the time and memories," the article reads. "As managing director of our association, as well as a special personality, we will always honor his and his memory."