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 .

U.S. House Passes Outdoor REC Act

Thu Nov 17, 2016

In one of its first acts upon returning to Washington post-election, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed The Outdoor REC Act.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Don Beyer, D-Virginia, and received bipartisan support, with 13 Republican and 12 Democrat cosponsors. It now moves to the Senate, where it is being led by Senators Cory Gardner, R-Colorado and Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, with a total of 15 cosponsors.

The bill aims to formally assess and analyze the outdoor recreation economy in the United States – which supports an estimated 6 million jobs and generates $646 billion in economic activity annually. Congress’ action is necessary to make sure the outdoor economy receives official government recognition for years to come. Federal agencies play an important role in outdoor recreation, managing lands and waters which host more than a billion recreation visits, according to a press release.

The Outdoor REC Act would help shape good choices in allocating federal funds through the budget process and in investing private funds which enhance recreation on public lands and waters.