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 Industry Veteran Passes Away at 60

Mon Nov 21, 2016

147974981271413.jpgDonald R. Bachman, the national inside sales manager at National RV Supply, passed away Saturday afternoon at Elkhart General Hospital following complications from open heart surgery last Monday. He was 60 years old.

Camping World/Good Sam Chief Business Development Officer John Sirpilla says that Bachman had been instrumental in creating the new division and, that without his talent and experience, National RV Supply would not be in the position it is today.

"Many of our team members joined us because Don believed in our mission to change the direction of wholesale distribution and I have been honored to spend the last year with an industry icon that I have known since I was in high school," Sirpilla says in an email. "Don's contribution to our success cannot be measured and the loss to our team is significant. My deepest sympathies go out to his wife Tami and their children Nicole and Donny."

Born on Aug. 15, 1956, Bachman graduated from Indiana University in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in secondary education and teaching. He worked for a year at CP Products Corp. in Orlando, Florida as the division manager before returning to Elkhart to serve as the vice president of operations for Coachlite Supply. He was in that position for a little more than five years before taking another position with Coast Distribution System.

Bachman worked as the vice president of inside sales, customer service and sales administration for Coast Distribution for more than 30 years, where he hired, trained and developed the sales and customer service teams and managed the operations in both departments.

At the beginning of the year, he joined National RV Supply.

Funeral arrangements are pending with the Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral & Cremation Center.