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 .
Thu Apr 13, 2017
The RV Training Academy will be opening a 9,600 square-foot facility in Athens, Texas for the training and certification of RV technicians.
Workamper President and Owner Steve Anderson and The Texas RV Professor Terry Cooper presented a webinar on Tuesday April 11 about the launching of the National RV Training Academy.
The earth work for the facility will begin Aug. 15, with a Sept. 5 date of construction.
The first 4-week dealer technician apprenticeship program will begin Jan. 15, 2018 in the building where students will go through advanced troubleshooting. Cooper says the facility is being created because he and many others throughout the industry have seen a need for more training academies and classes.
“This is where we’re going because the need is there and the ability is here,” Cooper says. “Throughout all walks of life, people are looking for career opportunities. There are consumers who are looking to utilize their units and there’s a big labor shortage. That’s what we see the National RV Training Academy is going to do for us.”
There are still some things that the NRVTA is needing from people in the industry. The following is a list of those items:
• Acquisition of Classroom and Lab Equipment
• Motorized and Towable RVs to serve as hands-on labs
• RV-related equipment and supplies for hands-on training
• Technical documentation and tech support
• Pre-purchasing of RV technician training slots
“To all manufacturers – you have units we could utilize,” Cooper says. “We need the latest ones, so these students can go to the dealership and be trained on today’s stuff and not something that’s 20 years old.”
Cooper also says there can be a marketing advantage for the manufacturers, when a technician already has experience working on a model and knows how it works, it can provide a leaning toward that line of products.
Cooper says his goal is to have 20 students in each class, with multiple classrooms throughout the facility. There will be a class for vendors, for consumers, for dealers and even for manufacturers.
For more information, visit http://mobilervacademy.com/. To watch a replay of the webinar, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1HXBnQjutk&feature=youtu.be.