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 Honors 15 Manufacturers with Quality Circle Award

Tue Dec 6, 2016

145072686053695.jpgFairfax, Virginia - RVDA honored RV brands built by 15 manufacturers with its Quality Circle Award in Louisville, Kentucky on Nov. 28. 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 (DSI) survey.

“The DSI Quality Circle Award recognizes the high level of success these manufacturers have had in working with their dealer business partners,” says RVDA Chairman of the Board Darrel Friesen of All Seasons RV Center in Yuba City, California. “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:


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.