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 .

Michigan RV Show Attendance Up 2.5 Percent From Last Year

Fri Oct 14, 2016

147645981019914.gifOkemos, Michigan — Beautiful fall weather did not keep Michigan RV enthusiasts from attending the 27th Annual Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show, held Oct. 5-9 at Suburban Collection Showplace.

“There was strong attendance throughout the entire show,” Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) Show Director Darren Ing says. “All our dealers and exhibitors noticed great enthusiasm and received a lot of qualified leads.”

Ing says attendance was up 2.5 percent over last year’s show.

The 2016 Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show featured 286 vehicles, including 47 type A motorhomes, 38 fifth wheel trailers and 156 travel trailers.

“It was one of the best Fall Detroit Camper & RV Shows we’ve ever experienced," National RV Detroit General Manager Gabrielle Selvius says. "Our sales team was busy all show long with a clientele who knew what they were looking for.”

For his first Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show, Patrick Sniff III of Pat’s RV Park in Mesick, Michigan, was very pleased.

“We took three cabin reservations for this fall alone and talked to a lot of people about seasonal rentals. People are getting ready to go on vacations again and are looking to travel farther from home.”

The Marvelous MARVAC Michigan Giveaway — a contest offering multiple camping excursions donated by MARVAC members — was a major success with thousands of entries.

“The show’s popularity, with people queuing up early and taking time to enter the Marvelous MARVAC Michigan Giveaway, demonstrates the continuing importance the RV lifestyle has for many families in Michigan and the surrounding region,” Ing says.

MARVAC also sponsors shows in Battle Creek, Flint and Traverse City. In March 2017, MARVAC will be returning to Port Huron for a camper and RV show at the new Blue Water Convention Center. For information on upcoming shows, visit www.marvac.org.

The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds is a statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging growth in the recreation vehicle and private campground industries while contributing to Michigan tourism. For more information, visit www.marvac.org or call 517-349-8881.