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 .

Mercedes Sprinter Owners Fighting City Parking Ordinance

Thu Jan 19, 2017

Efforts by the Santa Barbara, California City Hall to ban RVs and other vehicles deemed too big from parking on city streets have sparked a backlash among some owners of the popular Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and other taller SUVs, who showed up at a special meeting last week asking city councilmembers to exempt them from the “oversized vehicle” ordinance the council adopted late last year.

The new ordinance — scheduled to take effect this March — bans any vehicle taller than 82 inches from being parked on city streets on the grounds they block motorists’ visibility and constitute a road safety hazard. By the same logic, the new ordinance also bars vehicles longer than 25 feet and wider than 80 inches.

City Attorney Ariel Calonne took pains to craft an ordinance that would eliminate RVs based on size of vehicle rather than the socioeconomics — or conduct — of their occupants. In so doing, however, he also effectively outlawed a newer breed of tall van favored by contractors, construction workers, surfers and paddle-boarders, many of whom showed up last week to voice their concerns at an ad hoc committee presided over by councilmembers Cathy Murillo and Frank Hotchkiss.

“We don’t want to be criminals in our own hometown,” one Sprinter owner said.

Additional Information: http://www.independent.com/news/2017/jan/19/mercedes-sprinters-trapped-rv-net/