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 Jan 5, 2017
Overland Park, Kansas - The ROUTE 66 RV Network continued to grow its team of full-service, customer-focused dealerships in the last 12 months and will add 13 new dealer locations to its network in 2017.
“2016 was a great year for The Network and our member dealers," Route 66 Partner Rob Merrill says. "Not only did our dealers enjoy a healthy bounce in total sales, but The Network's footprint of dealerships expanded while the ROUTE 66 brand continues to gain value in the eyes of the RVing community.”
ROUTE 66 has added 13 new locations strengthening the Network’s ability to serve ROUTE 66 RV customers as they travel the highways of North America. The dealerships added in 2016 were:
Carstairs RV Centre – Tom/Jeff Nicklefork - Carstairs, Alberta
Colerain RV – Nick Raymond - Cincinnati, Ohio
Colerain RV – John Parker - Dayton, Ohio
Colerain RV – Jon Cross - Delaware, Ohio
Colerain RV – Jerry Smith - Indianapolis, Indiana
Fathead’s Country Campers – Todd Oberg - Lake Mills, Wisconsin
Hall’s RV – Randy/Sarah Hall - Albertville, Alberta
Macdonald’s RV Center – Karen Macdonald - Plainville, Massachusetts
Northside RV’s – Joe Steffen - Lexington, Kentucky
Ocean Grove RV Supercenter – Rob Rothenhausler - St. Augustine, Florida
Palm RV – Motorhomes Div. – Tom Wegge - Fort Myers, Florida
Palm RV – Towable Div. – Tome Wegge - Fort Myers, Florida
Southern RV – Brad Walden - McDonough, Georgia
“These dealerships are all built on the same foundation that our existing dealerships are built on,” Route 66 Network Partner Dave Francis says. "Excellent Customer Service, quality products and high integrity. These are the qualities that not only set our dealers’ apart from the pack, but also that define the ROUTE 66 RV Network. Each of these new dealerships were referred to the ROUTE 66 Management Team by either a current dealer or partner supplier as a dealership that reflects these qualities. It’s because of the like-mindedness and consistency of our dealerships that the Network confidently promises every customer who buys an RV from a ROUTE 66 location."
Steve Francis, in his unique position of being both a ROUTE 66 dealer and Network partner, says the network benefits the dealers in a variety of unique ways.
“When my dealership sells an RV, the customer is always interested in how we’re going to support them after the sale," Steve Francis says. "Our network of dealers, RV Club, Roadside and Tech24 products allow us to offer them peace of mind, as well as money-saving benefits at KOA campgrounds, hotels, golf courses and other RV travel-related services. The very best part is that these customer benefits are totally unique to my dealership as a ROUTE 66 dealer.”
While ROUTE 66 has continued to grow its dealer footprint and brand awareness since its formation in 2003, the Network now has nearly 1,400 service bays and RV technicians to serve travelling customers while offering 45 custom programs in which the dealers can participate. Exclusive programs that will positively impact a dealership’s performance in the areas of customer satisfaction, F&I production, parts & accessory profitability and website rank/lead development, to name a few.
The ROUTE 66 RV Network, located in Overland Park, Kansas is a network of more than 155 full-service independent RV dealership locations in 43 states and provinces coast-to-coast.