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 Quality Circle Awards Will Honor 15 Manufacturers at Louisville

Thu Nov 17, 2016

Fairfax, Virginia - RVDA will honor RV brands built by 15 manufacturers with its Quality Circle Award in Louisville, Kentucky on Nov. 28, just prior to the opening of the National RV Trade Show. These brands/manufacturers/product categories received at least 15 dealer responses and scored 4.25 or above on a 5-point scale in overall dealer satisfaction in the association’s 23rd Annual Dealer Satisfaction Index survey.

“The DSI Quality Circle Award recognizes the high level of success these manufacturers have had in working with their dealer business partners,” RVDA Chairman of the Board Darrel Friesen says. “Their commitment to continuously improving products and services ultimately helps dealers serve customers better and preserves our industry’s share of consumers’ discretionary dollars.”

The towable RV manufacturers/brands receiving awards are (in alphabetical order by manufacturer): Airstream; Coachmen (Apex Travel Trailers, Brookstone/Chaparral Fifth Wheels and Freedom Express Travel Trailers), DRV (Mobile Suites, Elite Suites/Full House), Forest River (XLR); Grand Design (Imagine, Momentum, Reflection, Solitude); Gulf Stream (Vintage Cruiser/Vista Cruiser); Heartland (North Trail/Wilderness); Keystone (Fuzion/Impact, Montana/High Country, Springdale/Summerland/Residence); KZ (Durango/Durango Gold/Venom, Spree/Spree Connect/Spree Escape/MXT/Vision); Lance (Travel Trailers/Toy Haulers, Truck Campers), and Venture (SportTrek/Sonic).

The motorized RV manufacturers/product categories receiving awards are (in alphabetical order): Airstream; Leisure Travel Vans/Triple E; Newmar; Pleasure-Way, and Tiffin.

When rating their brands/manufacturers, RVDA asks dealers to express, confidentially, their level of satisfaction on four core issues:

• Reliability/quality
• Parts
• Warranty
• Sales

The 23rd Annual DSI survey was conducted between August and October 2016. Four hundred eighty-one dealers responded to the survey this year and provided 2,755 brand ratings, an average of almost six per dealer. A summary of the DSI survey aggregate results will appear in the December issue of RV Executive Today.

RVDA is the national association representing RV retailers. The association’s members include RV dealers, RV rental operators and RV AfterMarket sales and service locations. RVDA of Canada is a national, volunteer federation of provincial and regional RVDA associations which exists to protect and promote the interests and welfare of RV Dealers across Canada in order to enable the industry to maximize its potential.