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 .

California RV Show Surges Forward With Increased Attendance

Fri Oct 14, 2016

RVIA’s 64th California RV Show is off to a tremendous start with increased attendance and strong sales highlighting the event, according to a press release from the RVIA.

Through the first weekend, attendance had eclipsed 17,400 people, a 22.6 percent rise over last year and nearly half of the total attendance of the 35,148 people at the 2015 show.

“We are really encouraged by the strong opening weekend and feel confident that we’ll break the 40,000 mark in attendance,” RVIA Western Show Director Tom Gaither says. “We couldn’t be more pleased with how everything is going in terms of attendance, business activity and the optimistic attitude of exhibitors and attendees.”

In addition to the higher attendance, RV dealers at the show also are reporting a robust sales environment.

“We are selling more RVs than last year,” Giant RV General Manager Dick Torres says. “Over 80 percent of our customers are first-time buyers, which is exciting. Our partners Winnebago, Thor and Forest River are all having a big show.”

Manufacturers at the show are pleased with the business activity as well.

“The customers who are visiting the show this year are here to buy," FprestRover's Larry Meredith says. "We were wondering how we were going to do this year after setting a sales record at last year’s show. We have already sold almost as many Forest River Cardinal fifth wheels as last year after just the first weekend. “Needless to say, we are both happy and excited about what we are experiencing at this year’s event.”

Celebrating its 64th year, this California RV Show runs through Oct. 16 and features 26 dealers from throughout the state showcasing 1,325 RVs across more than 1 million square feet of exhibit space. Add in hundreds of vendors selling everything from RV parts, accessories, vacation packages and services; multiply with live music, sport celebrities, fair food and free Ferris wheel rides, and the show is well on its way to matching or eclipsing the previous year's.