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 .

RV Salesman Ordered to Pay Back 81K in Disability Benefits

Tue Oct 25, 2016

Tacoma, Washington – A recreational vehicle salesman who claimed he couldn't work because of an on-the-job injury has been ordered to pay back more than $81,000 in state disability benefits.

Bobby Ray Johnson, 48, pleaded guilty Thursday to felony first-degree theft in Pierce County Superior Court. Judge Stephanie Arend sentenced the Tacoma-area man to 45 days in jail, but allowed him to serve the time in electronic home monitoring. Arend also ordered Johnson to repay the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) for the cash benefits he wrongfully received.

The Washington Attorney General's Office prosecuted the case based on an L&I investigation.

Johnson originally injured his lower back and chest when he fell in an icy parking lot while working at an RV company in Poulsbo, according to a story by the Washington State Department of L&I.

Additional Information: http://www.lni.wa.gov/News/2016/pr161021a.asp