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 .
Mon Apr 17, 2017
FORT MYERS, Florida - Region One of the Florida RV Trade Association returns for its 22nd annual admission-free recreation vehicle show at the Lee County Sports Complex/Hammond Stadium in south Fort Myers April 21-23, Region One President Tom Wegge says.
The three-day event features eight dealers from throughout Florida’s Gulf Coast displaying a wide selection of new, used and leftover recreation vehicles of all styles, brands and price ranges. RVs on display include gas and diesel motorhomes, travel trailers, toy haulers, fifth wheels, van campers and folding campers. A variety of RV suppliers also will be on hand to provide information on where to camp as well as various other services to enhance campers’ outdoor adventures. Financing for well-qualified buyers will be available.
“This event is held just before the summer traveling season, so consumers can make their plans to experience our great nation,” Wegge says. "Dealers also need to reduce their inventory heading into summer, so prices for new and used RVs are lower as well.”
With the economy strong and retiring Baby Boomers with a keen interest to enjoy the scenic nation, the RV Industry is booming. Financing for both dealer inventory and qualified buyers has become easier, resulting in a market that has seen RV sales for both new and used merchandise soar. In fact, the national Recreation Vehicle Industry Association recently reported that February 2017 RV wholesale shipments were the best ever, with a monthly total of 39,428 units shipped. This represents a 9.7 percent rise compared to February 2016’s total of 35,929. All towable RVs, lead by travel trailers, saw 33,852 units with motorhomes shipping 5,606 units.
Wegge says another aspect of RVing is its overall affordability.
“Statistics continue to show that vacationing in an RV is less expensive than other vacation travel options, even when a purchase is factored in,” Wegge says. "Coupled with the recent decline in fuel costs, an RV vacation is a bargain.”
Furthermore, Wegge says that RVs are versatile vehicles perfect not only for camping, but for exploring, tailgating, weekend excursions and so much more, with even mundane tasks like driving and cooking becoming part of the fun.
“You can bring your entire family together, even the dog, by taking them away,” he says.
The admission-free recreation vehicle show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days. To reach the Century Link Sports Complex/Hammond Stadium from I-75, take exit 131 (Daniels Parkway) and go west five miles to Ben Pratt-Six Mile Cypress Parkway and turn left. The CenturyLink Sports Complex is on the right on Ben Pratt-Six Mile Cypress Parkway. Visit www.frvta.org/show/22nd-annual-super-saver-rv-show for more information.