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 .

Co-Founders of Bob's RV Country Pass Away One Week Apart

Thu Feb 2, 2017

148604746689337.gifBob and Tammy Roberts, the co-owners of Bob's RV Country in Beaverton, Oregon, passed away within a week of each other in January.

Robert J. Roberts was born on April 19, 1930 in Terry, Montana. He and his identical twin brother, Bill, were the youngest of the six children of Henry and Ethel Roberts. As a boy he loved riding his bike through the vast prairie land of eastern Montana. He moved to the St. Johns area of Portland during his teen years where he graduated from Roosevelt High.

Tamara Louise Cruger was born May 12, 1940 in Spokane, Washington to Richard and Mable Cruger. Her younger sister Arlene was born five years later. Her father was in the military, so the family relocated several times, finally settling in Pendleton, Oregon, where she graduated from Pendleton High School.

In 1949, Roberts married Blanche Nielsen and they provided the world with five children, Douglas, Duane, Debra, Denise and Dana. In 1958, Cruger married Lewis Thorne and had two sons, Marty and Larry. Bob Roberts and Tammy Thorne married in April 1970 and their blended family of seven children was joined by one more - Jim Roberts.

All of the children survive the couple. They were further blessed with 27 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Bob loved people and truly "never met a stranger," according to the obituary. His gift for conversation naturally led him to a career in sales culminating in the ownership of Bob's RV Country in Beaverton for 25 years. Tammy worked for a time for the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce and as a personal trainer and weightlifting coach at Thorne's Health Spa. Bob loved the outdoors and travel. His particular passion was for hunting, fishing and horses, all of which he enjoyed with family and friends. Bob was a man of strong faith and was active in his support of many charitable organizations. He had a strong love for Jesus, his country and was ready to tell others.

Bob was 86. Tammy was 76.