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 .
Tue Nov 22, 2016
Ted Davis, the owner of Airstream Adventures Northwest stopped by the Tents for Troops & RV's ( T4T ) booth at the RVDA Conference in Las Vegas. Near closing of the show on the last day, Davis visited the booth and spoke with T4T volunteer Trevor Wilson (former US Navy SEAL 2006-2016) and full time RVer.
Within a matter of only a few minutes, Davis made a contribution to the "RV Loaner" program. It was not the $1 per RV that the fundraiser was asking for, however. Davis felt that was not enough, so he plans to donate $10 for each Airstream Trailer sold at his Dealerships to help fund the T4T RV Loaner program, according to a press release. Airstream Adventures Northwest has the largest Airstream inventory in the World and this donation could mean a substantial fundraiser for the organization.
T4T is a pay-it-forward program started at Toutle River RV Resort in Castle Rock, Washington eight years ago and has grown into a nationwide network of RV Parks and Campgrounds all providing free RV sites to the Troops and their families. The RV loaner program was a natural extension of the program.
"We want to be sure that all Troops and their Families are able to take an RV Vacation regardless of their ability to borrow or rent an RV," according to a press release.
RV Dealers and OEMs are encouraged to donate $1 for each RV they build or sell. RV Dealers may also offer retail buyers the opportunity to donate $1 as well. The program potentially could generate $3 every time a new RV hits the road. Larger donations such as Davis's and donations of RV's of any type, size or age are always welcome. There are plenty of ways for industry suppliers to donate as well.
Funds raised will be used to acquire new or used Travel Trailers which will be set up and fully outfitted in T4T Parks nationwide. Each unit set up will provide as many as 50 or more Military Families per year a Vacation they will never forget.
Newmar was the first OEM to join the program which now has two OEMs and six RV Dealers onboard. It's been slow to get moving but the organization is confident it will pick up speed. For more information or to donate, call 503-425-9105 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org.