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 .

KOA Purchases Two New Campgrounds in Missouri and Canada

Fri Oct 7, 2016

Kampgrounds of America has announced that the Oakhill Campground in Missouri has become the Lebanon/Bennett Spring KOA. The campground was purchased earlier this year by Roberto Munoz, who also owns the Barstow/Calico KOA in California.

“The campground was built in 1985, with 68 spots that are all full hookups,” Munoz says. “All of them were 50-amp as well, which is one of the things that intrigued me about the property.”

In the few months that he has owned the campground, Munoz and his team have completely gutted and remodeled the washrooms. New fully tiled rain showers and bathroom facilities also were added.

Today the Lebanon/Bennett Spring KOA, which will be open year-round, features pull-through and back-in RV Sites as well as Tent Sites. Most recently, two Deluxe Cabins were added to the property, featuring private bathrooms and kitchenettes. Amenities include a swimming pool, game room, a lounge (called the Americana Room) and a business center. Banana bike rentals are available, and a gem mining station has been added.

“I can see this property with at least six Deluxe Cabins,” Munoz says. “There is a great market for them, and I think we’ll add two more in the next six months.”

Munoz says that the Lebanon area has embraced him and the campground management team.

“We’re getting great feedback,” he says. “We’re also looking forward to becoming a part of the community as well — in every aspect.

Additionally, the KOA has announced that Town & Country Campark has become the Sussex, New Brunswick KOA.

“We’ve owned the campground since 2008,” Thomas Boudrea says, who owns the campground with his wife, Kim. “Our philosophy has always been to provide a safe and friendly family camping location. We joined the KOA system because of the brand recognition it provided.”

The Sussex KOA offers comfortable pull-through and back-in RV Sites with up to 50-amp service and either full or partial hookups. A large group area offers back-in sites with no hookups. One-room Camping Cabins and Tent Sites also are popular camping options.

Amenities at the park include three swimming pools, a splash pad, jumping pillow, multiple playgrounds, a basketball court and horseshoe pits. Activities, including dances and bingo, keep campers of all ages busy and having a great time. One of the most popular attractions is the adjacent Sussex Drive-In, the only drive-in movie theater in southern New Brunswick.

The Lebanon/Bennett Spring KOA, located at 13654 Higway 64 in Lebanon, Missouri and the Sussex, New Brunswick location at 133 Alton Road, are two of 490 open-to-the-public KOA campgrounds in the Kampgrounds of America system in the U.S. and Canada.