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 .
Fri Mar 17, 2017
The York RV Show was held in York, Pennsylvania in mid-March, as has been done for the past 39 years. This year, attendance was up about 9 percent from 2016, showcasing the excitement generated throughout the RV industry and by consumers.
The 12 RV dealers present reported brisk sales. A total of 180 units were shown on more than 130,000 square feet of indoor space and 30 units were outside on the York Expo Center grounds in west York, Pennsylvania.
Thirty-four campgrounds showcased their facilities and talked with the customers about the advantages of coming to their park. Eighteen other booths sold camping-related items such as generators, cone forks and camping stoves. A unique feature of the show is Camper Bingo, where 24 weekends of camping are given away to one winner each hour. Bingo cards are distributed to everyone when they enter the show. Face painters were on hand for the kids and a caricaturist entertained the attendees.
A grand door prize of $1,000 toward a new RV was awarded to a lucky winner from Reading, Pennsylvania.
Attendance was up 9 percent from 2016. An extensive advertising campaign was formulated which included TV, print, radio, billboards, posters, postcards and of course social media. An online pre-roll video that targeted people who are in the market to buy or currently own an RV within a 100-mile radius of the show was also included.
The entire show is produced and manned by volunteers from the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association. They purchased the show in 1994 from a private individual who started the show in 1978 when camping was just coming into its heyday.
Dates for the 2018 show are March 9-11. For more information, go to yorkrvshow.net or pacamping.com.