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 .
Thu Jan 26, 2017
Total RV shipments increased to 430,691 by the end of 2016, a 15.1 percent increase over 2015, according to the December 2016 RV Shipments Report by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association.
All motorhomes also increased by 15.7 percent during 2016, with a total shipment number of 54,741. The largest increase came in the type C motorhomes, which increased 26.8 percent. Type Bs increased 24.1 percent and type As increased by 3.3 percent.
Towables also had a 15 percent increase from 2015, shipping 375,950 towables during the year. The largest increase was found travel trailers, which increased by 18 percent. Folding camping trailers also increased by 10.9 percent, while fifth wheels increased by 7 percent. Truck campers were the only category to display a decrease, falling by 8.1 percent during the year.
Each month during 2016 recorded more shipments than in 2015, with the highest months being March and June. The lowest shipment month was July. October soared back near the March and June numbers, but shipments fell both for November and December at that point.
This year marked the best yearly total in more than 40 years, according to RVIA Senior Director of Communications Bill Baker. The year also marked the seventh consecutive annual increase in RV shipments since the end of the last recession.