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 .
Wed Mar 29, 2017
The crossroads of America is filled with hundreds of stories of working for and attaining the American dream.
The dreamers and those who have a goal fixed in their minds seem to sprout up in the center of this country like the wheat and corn.
Within the RV industry, whose current boom is on an 8-year ride that doesn't show signs of slowing down, the American dream has been especially recognizable among the RV dealership owners, RV businesses and more.
Tulsa RV was bought about 10 years ago by Craig Goldrich, a former RV salesman who went to shows throughout the United States. One bad winter day, Goldrich was caught up in Tulsa in a bad ice storm. While there, he saw a little RV service center on the corner of a main street and thought about the possibility of buying it. He had an instant vision of a business with multiple RV dealerships, selling dozens of the top-branded motorhomes. The vision was crystal clear and the desire to act on it was too good to pass up.
Goldrich set up his stakes in Tulsa and has never left.
His business - Tulsa RV - opened the third location in Tulsa on Monday, the fruits of his labors and the physical evidence of that decade-long dream.
"I came to Oklahoma with a few bucks in my pocket," Goldrich says. "The economy was bad back then. I took a job with a small dealer for a year and a half and then I took a shot. I bought a business and a name. And I've been building on it ever since."
The third location is a full-service RV dealership situated on 4.4 acres of land that used to be an old trucking place. Goldrich also purchased an additional 4.4 acres of land connected to it that he hopes to expand the business to nearly 9 acres. The place has six full-time employees that are part of about 20 total for the company.
As Goldrich's dealership got off the ground, Keystone approach him to begin a partnership selling the company's RVs. After that partnership started, the business took off in rapid expansion. He was leased another 7 acres and opened a large store two years ago - the company's second location.
The business also has taken on a few Forest River lines, including Shasta and Coachmen, as well as some Riverside Travel Trailer retro models and other large toy haulers.
"I was thinking, in my brain, that we could make a successful Keystone/Thor dealership and a successful Forest River dealership," Goldrich says. "I'm thinking I've been in this business 15 years and can make two standalone places and just keep doing what we do. I see the forest through the trees. The people in Tulsa have been awesome.
"It's surreal to think that this has happened. There's a Wal-Mart and a Hard Rock Cafe katty corner from us and a restaurant called McGill's. When I'm in there and I look a hard left, I can see my dealership. It's just surreal."