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 .

FMCA Prepares for Rally in the Valley

Thu Jan 5, 2017

145469086530578.pngStaff members and officers at Family Motor Coach Association are busily preparing for the group’s March 7-10 gathering in Chandler, Arizona. The event has been dubbed “Rally In The Valley,” a nod to the host area’s designation as the Valley of the Sun.

RV owners are invited to register to stay on-site in their RV or to purchase an event passport that allows them to enjoy all of the activities except overnight parking. Members or guests may also come just for the day to view the motorhomes that will be on display and wander through hundreds of booths filled with RV accessories, components and RV service providers.

Parking space for RV families at the Rawhide Western Town and Event Center is filling up quickly as the early-bird registration deadline of Friday, Jan. 6, approaches.

Registering prior to this date saves attendees up to $30. To register, visit FMCA.com or call FMCA at 800-543-3622.

FMCA also has announced its inaugural RV Basics course, which will take place March 5 and 6 at Rawhide Western Town and Event Center just prior to the Rally In The Valley. Led by several well-known RV experts, these information-packed sessions will help to get beginning RVers off to a great start after their purchase of a new or preowned vehicle, or serve as a refresher course for current owners.

“RV Doctor” Gary Bunzer; Mac “The Fire Guy” McCoy; and RV Safety & Education Foundation executive director Walter Cannon will share key preparation, operation and maintenance practices essential for trouble-free travel, all in a relaxed setting. Owners of any type of RV — or wannabe RVers — who would like to sign up for the RV Basics course or find out more can visit FMCA.com/academy or call the FMCA Events Department at 800-543-3622.

Motorhome manufacturers and dealers may be interested in purchasing RV Basics class passes to provide to customers. For information about sponsorships or to purchase packages of class passes for customers or prospective clients, contact Ranita Jones, sales manager (rjones@fmca.com; 800-543-3622, ext. 214).