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 .

Thor Industries Will Be RVDA Convention Silver Partner

Thu May 4, 2017

148700543448595.jpgFairfax, Virginia - RVDA has announced that Thor Industries, Inc. is a Silver Partner of the 2017 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, held Nov. 6 - 10 at Bally’s in Las Vegas. For the fifth consecutive year, Thor Industries has provided high level financial backing for the premier dealer education event of the year.

The convention is sponsored by RVDA – The National RV Dealers Association, RVDA of Canada and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center.

As part of its 2017 partnership agreement with RVDA, Thor Industries, Inc. will once again support the popular, centrally located, dealer lounge. The lounge comes complete with comfortable seating, additional room to work or take a break and other amenities for convention attendees.

Thor Industries includes: Airstream, Bison, CrossRoads, Cruiser RV, DRV, Dutchmen, Entegra, Heartland RV, Highland Ridge, Jayco, Keystone RV, K-Z, Livin’ Lite, Redwood RV, Starcraft RV, Thor Motor Coach and Venture RV.

“Our Silver Partner Thor Industries is back again, supporting educational efforts and adding an additional benefit through their support of the dealer lounge, giving our members a place to relax, network and plan their days,” RVDA Convention/Expo Committee Chairman Ron Shepherd says, who is also the president of Camperland of Oklahoma. "Our members continue to be grateful for this generous industry partner that shares our commitment to an educated workforce.”

“The RV industry is built on relationships, including the strong relationships that we have built with our dealers over many years," Thor Industries President and CEO Bob Martin says. "In support of our strong dealer base, we are pleased to once again support RVDA and their important educational efforts as a Silver Partner. Recognizing the essential role of ongoing training for dealers as they meet the emerging needs of RV consumers, we are honored to once again sponsor the dealer lounge at the 2017 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo.”

The convention theme is “Gear Up for Success” and features keynote speaker Chris Helder at the Opening General Session. Low Early Bird registration rates are available online at the convention website.

The week starts with Vendor Training +Plus on Monday and Tuesday and includes a general session, educational and networking programs for Young Executives, and track workshops designed to address the leading issues facing every department in the dealership. In addition, the Society of Certified RV Professionals will host an event featuring recognitions, an education component and networking opportunities.

Track workshops, condensed into shorter timeframes are being developed to respond to dealer demand for fast-paced, on target and engaging presentations. In its planning, the convention committee focuses on dynamic presentations of the most current topics and strives to bring new presenters to the convention.

Beyond educational and networking opportunities, the convention offers a sought after location at the center of the Vegas strip at the iconic Bally’s hotel. Guest rooms at the convention rate are available at Bally’s and Paris.

The convention will also feature two exhibit halls filled with the RV industry’s top companies offering products and services to help dealers improve profitability. Companies interested in partnership and sponsorship opportunities, as well as exhibitor information, can contact Julie Newhouse at 703-364-5518 or send an e-mail to jnewhouse@rvda.org.

Visit www.rvda.org/convention to register and for regular updates. You can also get convention updates on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.