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 .

RV News Exclusive: NTP Stag Show Opens With a Bang

Tue Jan 31, 2017
Author: Scott Hansen

The NTP-Stag Show opened Monday to thousands of attendees, exhibitors and vendors at the Anaheim Convention Center across from Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

The morning began with RV University, a collection of 30 different seminars spanning more than six hours of the day, which attracted a record 928 attendees, according to Keystone Automotive Vice President and General Manager Bill Rogers, during the opening luncheon welcome. The seminars were hosted by many leading aftermarket suppliers to the RV industry, including MORryde, Demco, JR Products, Lippert Components, Blue Ox, Torklift, Marshall Excelsior, PullRite, Winegard and more.

The six ballrooms hosting the seminars each hour were packed to standing room only, with extra participants clogging the door and entryways because of limited space. If attendees weren't 10 minutes early to the seminars, they didn't get a seat.

PullRite gave its seminar focused on its new hitch offerings, the SuperGlide, the automatic sliding hitch that has been in the RV market for a little more than a year; and the SuperLite, the new concept among fifth wheel towing that allows the RVer to connect the hitch by just getting close to the connection.

A steel funnel positioned around the connection catches the hitch ball and gravity then does the rest as it will fall into place, allowing the RVer to simply lock it in after that. Weighing only 52 pounds, the hitch is one of the lightest on the market.

The SuperGlide has revolutionized the fifth wheel towing market, sliding up, down, left and right in the truck bed as the vehicle makes short turns, letting the driver stay in the vehicle and not having to worry about the trailer crashing into the vehicle.

B.J. Reeves, the service manager at RV Outlet in Ringgold, Virginia, says the SuperGlide is the only fifth wheel hitch his dealership carries anymore, not giving RVers the option to get anything else, because of the quality, lesser liability and overall satisfaction from the product.

"We don't even offer manual hitches anymore," Reeves says. "The SuperGlide is the best invention for the fifth wheel they have come out with since the invention of the fifth wheel."

At the training for JR Products, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Brian Roba provided a training on merchandising the dealer's products and how to attract the customers to their store, even with larger, more well-known outlets competing in the market.

"Price is a race to the bottom," Roba says. "You cannot compete with a $500 billion company. They can give away product until we're all dead and they'd still be around. So why do they choose us? Because of our service. Customers buy why you do it, not what you do."

When the show floor opened in the afternoon, thousands of show attendees streamed through the doors at the convention center to applause from the NTP staff and then spent five hours Monday meeting the suppliers, building relationships and making deals for this year's season.

The show continues Tuesday, with the show floor open until 5 p.m. PST and closing out with a party in the warm California winter air.