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 .

Fort Myers RV Show Kicks off Jan. 26

Mon Jan 23, 2017

148518908616176.jpgFORT MYERS, Florida - Preparations are being finalized for the 32nd Annual Fort Myers Recreation Vehicle Show being held once again at the Lee Civic Center this Jan. 26-29.

Tom Wegge, president of Florida RV Trade Association -Region One, says this year’s RV extravaganza remains the largest dealer-sponsored RV Show in South Florida and one of the largest shows in the Southeast.

“This year’s Fort Myers RV Show features 15 dealers with all types of RVs available,” Wegge says. "Attendees can view hundreds of recreation vehicles of all different types, sizes and prices in one location thereby making shopping for a new RV very convenient.”

The annual show’s 15 dealers hail from along Florida’s Gulf Coast. Displays will feature a huge selection of new 2017 recreation vehicles of all styles, brands and price ranges, including folding campers, gas and diesel motorhomes, travel trailers, toy haulers, fifth wheels, park models and van campers.

Besides RVs, Wegge says the show also offers attendees the chance to visit about 100 outdoor and camping supply vendors to help outfit RVers or provide information on camping throughout the nation. Items include new towing systems, RV insurance, specialized camping equipment and high-tech makeovers for older RVs.

“This event focuses on the fun, flexibility and affordability RVing provides,” Wegge says.

The 32nd Annual Fort Myers RV Show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is still $8 with children under 16 free. Parking is free courtesy of the RV Trade Association. To reach the Lee Civic Center, take exit 143 (State Road 78) and go east three miles. Go to www.FRVTA.org/shows for more information.