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 .
Thu Dec 22, 2016
By November, 2016 has become the largest RV shipment year since 1977, according to the RVIA Shipment Report.
Deliveries to retailer of all RVs were reported at 34,670 units in the November survey of manufacturers, an increase of 26.9 percent ahead of this same month last year. This was the largest November total on record and this monthly total represented a seasonally adjusted annual rate of more than 425,000 units. Shipments of all towable RVs rose 27.1 percent to 30,389 units while all motorhome shipments increased 25.4 percent to 4,281 units in the month of November.
Year to date, total RV shipments have grown to 397,721 units, which was 14.9 percent greater than this same period last year. Year to date, shipments are running at an annualized rate of nearly 428,000 units which would make 2016 the best RV shipments in 39 years.
In towables, the fifth wheel showed the largest increase, at 16.9 percent, while truck campers saw a 17.1 percent decrease. Type A motorhomes saw the largest increase in the motorhome segment at 17.2 percent, while the Type B motorhomes decreased slightly by 0.7 percent.