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 Factory Acquires Augusta RV

Fri Nov 11, 2016

147818564627272.jpgElkhart, Ind. – The RV Factory, a factory direct manufacturer of the Weekend Warrior toy hauler and the Avion Class B Vans, has acquired Augusta RV, a factory direct manufacturer of high end Fifth wheels under the brand names Luxe and Ambition.

Both companies will move to a 77,000 -square-foot manufacturing facility in Elkhart, Indiana this month and company officials say the production line will be running by Dec. 1.
"We are very excited to consolidate these two good companies in order to make one great company," says Brian Shea, founder of The RV Factory. "Having the opportunity to share best practices and pool our resources will make the company very strong."

"This move allows the Augusta team to continue to build some of the best products in the fifth wheel market, while maximizing our efforts with The RV Factory," says George Thomas, founder of Augusta RV. "Brian and I have known each other for 30 years and it will be fun to go to the next level together."

Both companies sell factory direct which is meant to provide retail customers with a more involved relationship with their manufacturer.