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 20, 2017
ELKHART, Indiana — The annual National RV Trade Show may be relocating from its longtime home in Louisville, Kentucky, but don't expect Elkhart County to be its new home anytime soon.
In a press release Monday, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association announced that it is currently working with an independent research firm, Stax Inc., to conduct extensive research to identify opportunities for improvements and to understand the optimal timing and location for the RVIA National Industry Trade Show moving forward, according to a story by The Elkhart Truth.
Darryl Searer, president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum, says that even with current expansion plans at the Hall of Fame, the facility still wouldn't be able to compete to host the RV industry's largest annual show.
"We are looking to expand to 60,000 square feet of show space," Searer says. "The trade show currently takes up over 1 million square feet of space."
Searer unveiled the bold plan to expand the Hall of Fame last fall, which includes adding a 60,000-square-foot event center, a 15,000-square-foot pavilion with a stage, restrooms and a campground rally site. Currently, with only 18,000 square feet of space, he has estimated that from 2015 to 2016 the Hall of Fame has had to turn away at least 45 events due to space constraints.