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 .
Wed Nov 16, 2016
U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Florida, celebrated the passage of a bill Tuesday that would require government agencies to report on the full economic impact of outdoor recreation, including the Recreational Vehicle industry.
“Tourism, the outdoors and Recreational Vehicles are an important part of Florida’s economy," Ross says. "The RV industry, in particular, provides thousands of jobs across the U.S., including in my own district. For more than 100 years, RVs have allowed families to take the comfort of their homes onto the road to experience the many wonders our diverse land has to offer. As a lifetime RVer and co-chair of the Congressional RV caucus, I was proud to sponsor the bipartisan REC Act so we can know the economic impact the outdoor recreation economy has on our great nation."
The bill, HR 4665, requires the Department of Commerce to work with the Department of Labor and land and water management agencies to quantify the outdoor recreation economy in order to help lawmakers craft policy. The bill has yet to be taken up in the U.S. Senate.