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 .

'Roughing It' Takes On New Meaning for RVers

Fri Jan 6, 2017

On the day the Steelers lost the American Football Conference championship in 1995, the annual Pittsburgh RV Show was touting the industry’s latest and greatest: mobile homes equipped with full kitchens and bathrooms.

But, on Sunday, attendees of the show at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center could actually watch the Steelers’ playoff win against the Miami Dolphins inside any one of the luxurious vehicles, surrounded by LED lights, aluminum framing and the newest push-button technology.

These aren’t your grandfather’s RVs anymore.

The number of RVs with all their new bells and whistles — on display for an estimated crowd of 30,000 over nine days — was one indicator that business is booming in an industry hit particularly hard by the recession of the late 2000s. In 2015, the number of RV shipments surpassed 395,000, the largest shipment year since 1977, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association.

Additional Information: http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2017/01/09/RVs-put-a-new-take-on-roughing-it/stories/201701090041