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 .
Mon Dec 19, 2016
Leisure Travel Vans, the Winkler, Manitoba-based manufacturer of type B motorhomes built on the Mercedes Sprinter vans, has been featured in an article on Forbes Magazine.
A snippet of the article is included below, along with a link to the full story.
"I’ve always jokingly told my husband that nothing good ever comes from being in a van against your will. If you watch enough Investigation Discovery or CSI Miami or Las Vegas, vans always seem to be the preferred mode of travel for the “perps” looking for their next victim.
But I was also half serious. So I never thought in a million years that these words would fall from my lips: I could live in a van (at least while I am traveling). However, after recently stumbling across a luxury van that most people can actually afford — outfitted with flat screen televisions, full kitchens, a full queen-sized bed, a dry bathroom (that means it has a standalone shower) and high-end woodwork and finishes — I’m happily eating my words.
My husband is celebrating as well since he’s finally “pulled me over to the dark side”. When he graduated from college, he split his time between living in his yellow Volkswagon bus (still a van in my mind), which he cleverly rented out on a nightly basis when not in use long before Airbnb, and his sailboat while living in Key West. This kind of mobile, transient lifestyle has always been in his blood. It’s never appealed to me at all. Until now."