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 .

KOA Wins Top Franchise for Women

Tue Feb 14, 2017

Kampgrounds of America Inc. has been named a Top Franchise for Women by Franchise Business Review, marking the third time in the past six months that KOA has been named to a “Best Of” list by the independent market research firm.

Kampgrounds of America had earlier been named to the 2016 Top Franchises for Veterans list, as well as being a Franchise Business Review Top 50 Franchises award winner for 2017.

Each year, Franchise Business Review surveys more than 27,000 franchisees representing 300 brands. The results are used to select the Top 50 Franchisees awards, Top Franchises for Veterans and Top Franchises for Women.

Of the 22,000 overall franchisees surveyed, about 2,500 franchises are owned by veterans and 6,250 of the franchisees were women.

“KOA’s willingness to have us survey its franchisees shows it believes transparency and openness contribute to a trusting franchisee/franchisor relationship,” Franchise Business Review CEO Eric Stites says. "Franchisees’ feedback earned Kampgrounds of America Inc. a top franchise spot on our 2017 Best of the Best Franchises list, as well as our 2016 Top Franchises for Veterans and 2017 Top Franchises for Women lists.”

The Franchise Business Review awards and lists are special because they are generated from independent feedback from actual KOA franchisees, according to KOA Vice President of System Development Chris Fairlee.

“There are a lot of magazines and websites out there that use other methods to generate ‘best of’ lists,” Fairlee says. “But Franchise Business Review, by independently surveying our franchisees, paints a more accurate picture for people looking for the right franchise to fit their needs. That makes the recognition very special to us.”

Franchisee Business Review asked each of the 27,000 franchisees surveyed nationally - including more than 250 KOA franchisees - 33 benchmark questions ranking their franchise in the areas of financial opportunity, training and support, leadership, operations and product development, core values of honesty and integrity of the franchisor, general satisfaction and their feelings regarding their franchisee community. The franchisees were also asked an additional 16 questions about their market area, demographics, business lifestyle, overall enjoyment running their franchise and their role in the franchisee community.

“We take our relationship with our franchisee partners very seriously,” Fairlee says. “We know our corporate success is absolutely tied to the success of their individual franchise. They will never feel like they are in this alone as long as they are part of the KOA family.”

Kampgrounds of America celebrated its fifth year in a row of record performance in 2016 and is on track for another great year in 2017.