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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: Hurricane Matthew Closes Some RV Dealerships

Mon Oct 10, 2016

147611716354062.jpgHurricane Matthew has ripped through the Caribbean and up through the eastern side of the United States, leaving devastation, destruction and death in its wake.

The storm killed hundreds of people in the Caribbean, almost entirely in Haiti, with four other deaths reported in the Dominican Republic and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Stateside, 17 people have been reported to have been killed in four states. Seven in North Carolina, four in Florida, three in Georgia and three in South Carolina. Nearly 1,000 more have been rescued in North Carolina, 701 in Cumberland County alone, authorities say according to CNN.com.

RV dealerships in Fayetteville, the central city of Cumberland County, have largely been closed for business Monday. Camping World of Fayetteville has been confirmed to be closed for the day because of the flooding and cleanup efforts are ongoing, according to an answering service based out of Kentucky.

Meanwhile, Hawley’s Camping Center in nearby Hope Mills did not answer or return any calls Monday morning.

Several hundred buildings have been flooded in the county, while more than half a million people have been left without power, according to CNN.com.

Elsewhere on the East coast, Charleston, South Carolina also was hit with the Category I hurricane. Wind damage and flooding went through the city, covering the streets so only the tops of cars could be seen.

The Trail Center, an RV dealership located about two miles southwest of Charleston International Airport, is open for business, but travel to the store has been impeded by water and flood damage, according to the dealership’s owner Gloria Morgan.

“We couldn’t get to the store,” Morgan says. “Some of the downtown has been really affected, but there’s very little damage here. A couple trees are down, a fence blew over and one camper moved.”

Other than that, Morgan says no damage was seen at the dealership itself and all of the employees are safe and accounted for.

“Everyone seems to have a little horror story to go with it, though,” Morgan says.

The hurricane has moved out to sea and Columbia is now engaging in the cleanup efforts after the storm blew through. Morgan says it’s a nice day, but a lot of people are still without power.

The city of Jacksonville, Florida also was hit, although its direct impact wasn’t felt as hard as others. About 132,000 homes are without power, while the destruction was most seen with washed out beaches and roads.

Dick Gore’s RV World on the north side of the city wasn’t affected and all of the employees have been accounted for.

The storm has been re-classified as a post-tropical cyclone, still sustaining winds of 75 miles per hour, but as of Sunday, was located about 200 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, heading east at 15 miles per hour.

Photo courtesy of CNN.