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 .

Lightweight Trailers Trending Upward for Eighth Straight Year

Tue Jan 10, 2017

DENVER — With gas prices remaining near-historic lows, the economy on the rebound for many households and interest rates near rock bottom, millions of Americans this year will be hitting the road in new RVs.

The newest trend is toward lightweight trailers that can be towed behind many cars or small SUVs, opening up RV travel to a new generation, experts say. This year, the RV industry expects to ship 383,000 trailers and 55,000 motorhomes, the eighth consecutive year of growth.

Many manufacturers now offer similarly sized trailers, using lightweight materials, small propane-powered coolers and stoves, and flat-screen televisions, to keep the weight down. Many of the offerings are barely bigger than a queen-sized bed with wheels, but many shoppers say the idea of sleeping off the ground appeals to them. And while the RV lifestyle may not be for everyone, millions of Americans enjoy the chance to hit the open road, visiting national parks and small towns across the country.

Additional Information: http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/2017/01/10/new-recreational-vehicles-rvs-camper-trailers/96264188/