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/MH Heritage Foundation Announces 2017 Hall of Fame Class

Wed Jan 4, 2017

ELKHART, Indiana - The board of directors of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation has announced the names of those who will be inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame as members of the Class of 2017.

"The Class of 2017 is historic in that the first inductee from the Canadian RV/MH industries will be inducted this year," Foundation President Darryl Searer says. "He is Woody Paylor, retired founder of Woody's RV in Alberta, Canada. Congratulations to the 10 new honorees. All of them have had or are having outstanding careers and are richly deserving of this high honor."

The Class of 2017 includes:
RV Inductees
Edwin H. Baier
Retired President, Evergreen RV Supply
International parts distributor in the U.S. and Canada

Martin J. (Marty) Shea
President/Owner Madison RV Supercenter, Inc.
RV Dealer

Woody Paylor
Retired Founder of Woody's RV World
Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
RV Dealer

David Gorin
President, David Gorin Associates LLC
Association Executive, RV Parks and Campgrounds

Walter Bennett
Vice President, Thor Industries.
RV manufacturer

Manufactured Housing Inductees

Doug Lippert
Retired Chairman, Lippert Components, Inc.
RV/MH Supplier

Michael G. Sullivan
CEO, Newport Pacific Family of Companies
MH Professional Property Management, RV/MH Sales and Real Estate Development

Spencer Roane
President, Boyd Roane Inc. and Founder, Southeastern Community Owners
MH Community Management Consultant

Christine Lindsey
VP of Sales & Finance, Regional Vice President, UMH Properties, Inc.
MH Community Management

Dennis J. Beadle
Retired President, Victorian Homes
MH Manufacturer & Retail Dealership

Searer applauds the work of the nominating committee that had to narrow a list of more than 60 highly deserving candidates down to the final 10 selected.

"I was especially impressed with the committee's work for the diversity of this year's class - not only in the inductee's gender, but also the diversity of regions within the U.S. as well as the diversion of nominee's industry segments such as suppliers, manufacturers, dealers, community managers and developers, as well as association executives," Searer says.

The Class of 2017 will be officially inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame at the Annual Induction Dinner on Monday, Aug. 7, in Elkhart, Indiana.