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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 .

Valley RV and Camping Show Opens Friday

Fri Jan 13, 2017

South Bend, Indiana - The Century Center is full of brand new, 2017 model RVs at the Valley RV & Camping Show. It’s the first opportunity for most people to see the latest and greatest recreational vehicles – campers equipped with everything from indoor fireplaces to outdoor kitchens – and to make a deal at the best time of year.

With interest rates and gas prices low, many are considering this time to be the time to buy, according to a press release. Additionally, a new study by PKF consulting found that an RV vacation can save up to 62 percent from other forms of travel.

“This show is a great place for buyers to compare features, floorplans and RV types from a
wide variety of manufacturers," Show Promoter Matt Rose says. "With so many dealers all in one place it’s also a great place for buyers to negotiate their best price. Many of these RVs are priced at 20 to 25 percent below MSRP.”

Like previous years, the show features a variety of recreation vehicles, including motorhomes, fifth wheels, toy haulers and travel trailers. But this year, consumers will notice the variety of lighter, less expensive towable RV’s.

“RV manufacturers have concentrated on using lighter weight, less expensive and recycled materials in the last year,” Rose says. “This translates into a vehicle that is more durable and costs less to purchase and tow than previous models. We also have RVs weighing more than 20,000 pounds and costing upwards of $250,000, but we also have light weight RVs that cost less than $100 per month.”

Additionally, booth vendors are on hand offering RV accessories, camping information and
more. RV manufacturer’s representatives will be on hand throughout the show and banks
are offering special financing packages.

The event opens Friday, Jan. 13 and runs through Sunday, Jan. 15. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $8 for adults and kids 15 and younger free.