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 News Exclusive: WRVDA Hosting First Convention

Wed Nov 2, 2016

147810103895167.jpgThe Wisconsin Recreation Vehicle Dealers Alliance will be hosting its first convention on Dec. 8 at the Great Wolf Lodge in the Wisconsin Dells.

After beginning the association in early May, the WRVDA has enjoyed a quick growth spurt as it has become the first and only RV dealers’ association in the state.

Executive Director Amy Bliss says the growth has been encouraging and the upcoming conference, which will be the first of an annual event, is another opportunity to further grow the network and the members of the alliance.

“Wisconsin doesn’t have a ton of RV dealers,” Bliss says. “There’s only about 74, but I’m still trying to get a grasp on those numbers. This meeting is also a town hall meeting to try and figure out what this organization can provide for the dealers and try to make their lives a little easier.”

In June, the WRVDA had 23 members in its startup alliance. Now, about five months later, the group has grown to include 37 members, just about half of the estimated number of the dealers in the state.

Bliss and WRVDA Chair Mick Ferkey continue to find the issues to work on to make the businesses and lives of the dealers in the state a little easier and are coming up with several items to begin to tackle by the beginning of 2017.

“We want to work on legislation that will positively impact their businesses and sales tax issues we want to work on,” Bliss says. “That takes time and patience and money, so we’re hoping to find the critical needs they hace and address them one by one and be an organization that they can go to for these things. I’m very pleased with our progress so far.”

The agenda for the Dec. 8 meeting includes the town hall forum where those in attendance can voice their opinions and suggestions, while the staff also will discuss the projections for 2017 and how the upcoming election could affect the businesses. The full agenda is listed below.

For questions, contact Bliss at 608-255-3131 or by email at amy@housingalliance.us.


9:30-10 a.m.: Registration and networking
10-11 a.m.: RVDA staff will discuss the national state of the industry projections for 2017 and how the national election outcome might affect your business.
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.:Meet the Board and staff of WRVDA.
Town Hall Forum where you help shape the state political agenda and the effort to make positive law changes for your business.
12-1 p.m.: Lunch
1-2 p.m.: Finance Panel Discussion – Multiple consumer and inventory finance industry representatives will answer questions such as: Are you projecting growth? Where do you see interest rates heading? If you lend in multiple states, how does Wisconsin’s market compare to other states? How are new regulations affecting lending?
2-3 p.m.: Meet Key Assembly & Senate Representatives invited to hear your issues.
3-5 p.m.: Networking, Vendor Forum, cocktail reception.