RVIA Economic Impact Study

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 .

RV Entrepreneur Dies at 77

Thu Apr 27, 2017

149329991688129.jpgPUNTA GORDA, Florida — Bobby J. Higgins, 77, of Punta Gorda, died Sunday, April 23, surrounded by his loving family at Tidewell Hospice House in Port Charlotte, Florida.

He was born Aug. 30, 1939, in Florence, Alabama, and moved to Punta Gorda in 2003.

Higgins was an entrepreneur in the RV business from the 1960s to 1993. He successfully started from scratch three RV businesses while successfully selling those to large companies, according to an obituary by the Elkhart Truth.

He is survived by his family, Chan Holley of Punta Gorda and Greg Higgins of Port Charlotte; five grandchildren, Skyler, Presley, Shaun, Travis and Kirsten. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory in Punta Gorda.

Additional Information: http://www.elkharttruth.com/obituaries/bobby-j-higgins-aug---april/article_32afd0d8-a60a-5153-b77e-4787e3b7814a.html