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 .
Fri Jan 20, 2017
The 2017 Florida RV SuperShow opened Wednesday to record-breaking crowds.
More than 18,900 people poured into the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa on opening day, according to Florida Recreation Vehicle and Trade Association Marketing Director Dave Kelly.
“We had to use overflow parking for the first time ever,” FRVTA Executive Director Lance Wilson says. “The weather has been fantastic the entire winter and we were even a little on the warm side”.
The Sheriff had to close the Highway 301 entrance and route people through the MLK entrance in order to get the traffic off of I-4. The Supplier Buildings, with more than 400 booth exhibitors were packed from the minute the show opened. Suppliers were reporting record sales for the first day and many were scrambling to get more product delivered for the other four days of the show.
“We set a record with our fall show and if the weather continues we are looking at a new record here as well,” Kelly says. “I think since the end of the election, people are feeling more confident about large ticket purchases like an RV.”
More chairs had to be brought into the Seminar Area to accommodate the crowd. Especially large groups attended the Full and Extended Time RVing and the Tips for Choosing the Right RV seminars.
“This tells us that experienced RVers are traveling more often and for longer periods of time and new people are looking at RVs and trying to get as much information about ownership as they can," Kelly says.