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 .

RVDA Take-aways

Fri Nov 11, 2016

147862199156843.gifWith the annual RVDA convention wrapping up today in Las Vegas, attendees will be returning to the homes and businesses with a renewed sense of purpose, according the RV Excecutive Tonight on-line publication.

When asked what they got from the conference, this is what some said:

Amanda Fugate, Day Bros Auto & RV Sales, London, Ky.:

"We've gotten some great tools to use with our customers and even with one another at the dealership. I got some good tips and techniques from the leadership workshop presented by the Dale Carnegie speaker."

Scott Boyer, Boyer RV Center, Erie, PA:

"As a new general manager, I'm taking a lot away from the Dale Carnegie course, which was excellent. When I was promoted from sales manager to GM last year, it brought me into a world of challenges. Last year, I didn't come to the convention because I had too much on my plate, but this year I felt I should take the time to come and learn from these professionals so I could put myself in a better place in my dealership."

Jared Taylor, Gardner's RV and Trailer Center, Kalispell, Mont.:

"The parts vendors' displays, especially Lippert, were really good. The people in the booth were very knowledgeable, and I learned about some product lines I didn't know existed."

Chris Carino, McBride's RV Service & Body Shop, Chino, Cal.:

"I'm taking back knowledge of how to handle difficult situations. I'm also taking coaching and motivation techniques back to the shop to share with everyone else. I got a lot from speaker Cory McGuire's workshop on handling customer complaints. If you hear them out completely so you can understand where they're coming from, it's much easier to deal with the situation. I also learned some techniques for motivating my service team."