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 .

Jacksonville RV MegaShow Begins Feb. 9

Tue Feb 7, 2017

Jacksonville, Florida - The six area dealers of recreational vehicles expect higher attendance and resulting sales from the 2017 Jacksonville RV MegaShow, scheduled Thursday, Feb. 9 through Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center.

More than 400 new recreational vehicles of all types, including motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels and tent campers, will be on display. Participating dealers include Campers Inn (Jacksonville), Camping World RV Sales (Jacksonville), Dick Gore’s RV World (Jacksonville), General RV Center (Orange Park), Ocean Grove RV Supercenter (St. Augustine) and Travelcamp (Jacksonville). Manufacturer’s representatives will also be offering special incentives for RV purchases.

Entertainment will also be provided by the duo ‘Boots and Britches,” courtesy of Dick Gore’s RV World.

Regular admission is $8 for adults and children 12 years or younger are admitted free. All active and retired military and first-responders who attend will receive half-off the regular admission price throughout the show. On Thursday, Feb. 11, the opening day of the show, all seniors will receive half-price admission.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 through Saturday, Feb. 13 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12. Parking is free at the equestrian center.

Five $50 gift cards will be awarded to guests as door prizes each day of the show.

RV accessory vendors, craft vendors, along with campgrounds and other RV company representatives, will have displays at the show. Finance and insurance company representatives will also be on hand to answer questions from guests considering an RV purchase.

In addition, Jacksonville author Linda Segall will sell and sign copies of her new book Don't Back into the Palm Tree! Real Life Lessons for New and Wannabe RVers from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11.

The February event marks the eighth year the show has been held at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center, located at 13611 Normandy Blvd. About 8,000 people attended the show in 2016.

“The RV sales numbers we saw in 2016 are expected to continue into the next year, which should translate into an increase in attendance for this year’s show,” says Ken Loyd, board president of the Florida RV Trade Association’s Northeast Florida Region.

According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), the RV shipments in the U.S. will top 438,000 units in 2017 -- a 4.4 percent increase above the projected 2016 total of 419,500 units. The RVIA says towable RVs are expected to lead the way (383,000 in sales this year), followed by motorhome shipments (55,000).

“This is the eighth year of consecutive growth in the RV market, and the shipments expected in 2017 are at historic levels,” Loyd says. “All the economic indicators, including low interest rates and growing household wealth, are all working in favor of the RV market.”

The 2017 projected RV sales numbers represent an “incredible gain of 161 percent” from 2009, when the recession led the RV market to bottom-out, according to the RVIA.

For more information, people should contact the Florida RV Trade Association at 813-741-0488, or visit the association’s website at www.frvta.org.