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 Safety & Education Foundation To Hold 2017 Conference

Fri Feb 17, 2017

The RV Safety & Education Foundation will once again hold its RV Technical Education & Safety Conference in 2017.

If aspiring or current RV technicians want to learn more about the basic or advanced fundamentals of an RV or learn how all the components including the chassis function and what maintenance is needed to keep them operating properly sand safely, this course could be the answer.

Come join the foundation at the next RVSEF Technical Education & Safety Conference. In the past, the conferences have been held at Colleges or Business Conference Centers, but this year is being held in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, better known as E-town at the Pritchard Community Center. The Pritchard Community Center will allow the foundation to expand its program and address even more subjects than in the past, as well as some hands on classes. It also will be offering Behind The Wheel Driving classes for an additional fee.

All of the core instructors are industry award winning individuals who have served all facets of the industry, (consumer, dealer and manufacture). These instructors have spent their careers and dedicated their work to improving RVs, technical training and providing the consumer with the availability of unbiased educational information so they can have the best RVing experience possible. Several manufacturers will have their instructors there also covering everything from top to bottom on the rig, to give the best educational experience in the world of RVing.

The core instructors are Walter Cannon, Executive Director of RV Safety & Education Foundation; Gary Bunzer- The RV Doctor; Bruce Hopkins- VP of Standards RVIA; Gary Motley of Motley RV Repair; and Randy Biles, President of Pikes Peak Traveland and Past President RVDA. These five instructors alone bring more than 175 combined years in the industry. In addition to the core instructors, Mike Hayn from Bridgestone, Gary Wheeler from MorRyde and additional personnel from Spartan Motors, Freightliner Chassis, Onan Generators and more will be on hand.

Opening ceremonies will be conducted by Walter Cannon, who will be joined by Bruce Hopkins, Sharonne Lee, VP Education for RVIA (Technician Training) and Nevelle Skaggs of Skaggs RV (Host Dealer).

This program is for everyone from those just dreaming of RVing, to those with years of RVing experience under their belt. Fourty-Three percent of past conference attendees were not an owner, but were there doing their homework, to make sure they were armed with the best information they needed for purchasing their new RV, according to a press release. Space is limited, so register today.