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 .

ARVC Provides Affiliates with Proposals for Regulatory Changes

Thu Oct 13, 2016

DENVER — The National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) has provided its state affiliates and members with actionable intelligence on 321 proposals for new state legislation and regulatory changes during the first three quarters of this year.

ARVC also provided its affiliates and members with 112 Senate and House committee hearing notices on specific legislation and regulations to its members, providing them the opportunity to attend or provide testimony at the hearings.

ARVC provided this information to its affiliates after reviewing 7,479 proposals for legislative and regulatory changes during the first nine months of this year.

The total number of legislative proposals fell by 14 percent to 5,580 during the first nine months compared to the same period last year, reflecting the fact that there were no regular state legislative sessions scheduled this year in Montana, Nevada, North Dakota and Texas.

However, of significant importance, there was a 33 percent increase in the number of proposed state and federal regulations, jumping from 1,616 to 1,899 during the first three quarters of this year.

“The top issues continue to be minimum wages, occupancy and property taxes, water quality, RV definitions, highway signs and school opening dates,” says Jeff Sims, ARVC’s senior director of state relations and program advocacy.

Collaborating with state and national partners, ARVC assisted in influencing adoption of the following bills, which more accurately reflect industry standards involving park model RVs:

— Maryland - MD S 579 Vehicle Laws: Establishes that a park model recreational vehicle is considered to be a travel trailer for the purposes of the Maryland Vehicle Law; defines the term "park model recreational vehicle"; makes specified conforming changes. Clarifies that “RVs and park model RVs that have wheels attached and remain transportable from where they are sited are not ‘permanently installed’ and therefore not required to meet the IB Code.”

— Oklahoma - OK H 2378 Park Model Recreational Vehicles: Relates to park model recreational vehicles; adds the definition for park model recreational vehicle; defines park model recreational vehicle as a vehicle designed and marketed as temporary living quarters for camping, recreational, seasonal or travel use but is not permanently affixed to real property for use as a permanent dwelling. PMRVs will now be taxed as personal property.

Sims says that a proposed minimum wage increase in New Jersey is still in committee. The legislation, NJA 3471, would increase the minimum wage in Essex, Hudson, Camden, Mercer and Middlesex counties to $20 per hour for five years, effective Jan. 1.
Detailed information on these and other legislative and regulatory proposals is available to association members in ARVC’s Legislative & Regulatory Monitoring Report, which can be viewed on ARVC.org in the Document Library under the Public Affairs heading. The report lists the specific state bills or regulations, a brief description, current status, as well as any scheduled hearing notices. The report is continuously updated Monday through Friday.

Based in Denver, the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) is the only national trade association exclusively representing the interests of privately-owned RV parks, resorts and campgrounds through professional development, legislative advocacy and member resources and activities. Membership is comprised of RV park and campground owners and operators, industry suppliers, franchisers and others committed to promoting the growth and welfare of the RV park and campground sector of the outdoor hospitality industry.