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 Attendance Increased by 10 Percent

Tue Oct 18, 2016

147680791081126.jpgStrong attendance and robust sales activity highlighted RVIA’s 64th California RV Show, held Oct. 7-16 at the Fairplex in Pomona, California.

Total attendance at the 10-day retail event was 38,946 attendees, a robust 10 percent increase from the 35,148 attendees last year.

“The show got off to a great start during our opening weekend with the gate jumping by nearly 23 percent to more than 17,400 people,” RVIA Senior Vice President of Trade Shows and Events Liz Crawford says. “Even more encouraging was high level of business activity and the strong interest among consumers about RV travel and camping throughout the event. Our dealers and other exhibitors were very happy with their success at the show.”

“We sold more RVs than we did last year,” Giant RV General Manager Dick Torres says, who has locations throughout Southern California. “Over 80 percent of our customers were first-time buyers, which is exciting. Our partners Winnebago, Thor and Forest River all had a big show.”

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

“The customers who are visiting the show this year were buying," Forest River's Larry Meredith says. "Through the first weekend, we had already sold almost as many Forest River Cardinal fifth wheels as the year before. Needless to say, we are both happy and excited about our experience at this year’s event.”

“Our sales results were the best we ever had,” Lance Camper's Gary Conley adds. “RVIA did an excellent job in improving the show experience, and the Lance buyers were very complimentary of the show.”

“Consumers converged in Pomona from all over the country,” RVIA Event Director Tom Gaither says. “We conducted consumer research at the show through an activation center hosted by Go RVing, and we saw folks from the East Coast, Utah, Colorado and from up and down the Pacific Coast.”

The final research conducted will be available in the next few weeks, but RVIA says that the robust activity at the show is a good thing for the show, the industry and the market out west.

Celebrating its 64th year, this California RV Show featured 26 dealers from throughout the state showcasing 1,325 RVs across more than one million square feet of exhibit space.

The 65th California RV Show is set for Oct. 5-16, 2017.