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 .

Arizona Begins to See Snowbird Migration

Thu Oct 13, 2016

PHOENIX — From the Phoenix Valley to the Colorado River and eastward to Tucson and Tombstone, the annual migration of Snowbirds to Arizona has begun, according to RV park operators.

“We do have snowbirds coming in already,” Arizona Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds President Scott Swanson says.

Swanson also co-owns and operates the 377-site Leaf Verde RV Resort in Buckeye as well as the 100-site Gila Bend KOA in Gila Bend.

Swanson says that he anticipates a busier winter season than last year, with occupancies up at both parks. In fact, he has already dedicated 60 of his 100 campsites in Gila Bend for snowbirds who plan to stay for weeks or months at a time, while keeping the other 40 sites available for overnight travelers.

Snowbirds have also arrived at the 80-site Apache Palms RV Park in Tempe, some of whom have grandchildren attending Arizona State University. Apache Palms is only two miles from the ASU campus.

Dr. Saundra Bryn, managing partner at Desert’s Edge RV — The Purple Park in Phoenix said last winter was her busiest winter season yet, and she is on track to be even busier this coming winter, noting that more than 150 snowbirds have already paid in advance to stay at her 203-site park from January through March.

In Tucson, snowbirds have started arriving at Rincon Country West RV Resort and at Far Horizon’s RV Village, according to officials from both parks.

“It seems like they’re coming in earlier this year for some reason,” Rincon Country West RV Resort Office Manager Annette Weinell says. “I think we will be busier this winter. We have a three-page waiting list already for people who want to stay one month. I think it’s going to be a very good season.”

Chuck Hays, who co-owns and operates Far Horizons Tucson Village RV Resort, says that last year was his best season in 20 years with revenues and occupancies up about 20 percent over 2014 figures. He expects this coming winter to be at least as busy as last winter.

“It’s looking very, very strong,” he says.

Snowbirds are also starting to trickle in to Butterfield RV Resort and Observatory in Benson and to Tombstone RV Park in Tombstone, according to park operators at those resorts.

Parks along the Colorado River are also seeing an early influx of snowbirds.

“Our first one arrived on Sept. 23,” Rolle's Lynda Vista RV Park Manager Ruth Conti says.

Snowbirds have also started to arrive at Islander Resort in Lake Havasu City, according to Debbie Sanchez, a supervisor at the resort, which has 250 RV sites and 250 park models.

All of these parks are affiliated with the Arizona Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds, which markets campgrounds, RV parks and resorts through www.GoCampingInArizona.com, the association’s statewide travel planning website, and through the 2016 RV and Camping Guide to Arizona. The 32-page color guide contains a travel planning map as well as detailed descriptions of more than 60 campgrounds.

The camping guide is available in digital format on GoCampingInArizona.com and can also be ordered by emailing a request to arizonaarvc@aol.com.