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 .
Fri May 5, 2017
On May 2, manufacturers, suppliers, consultants and representatives from other associations gathered to attend the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seminar on the recall process and its latest safety-related requirements. More than 200 people participated in the session held at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana and, according to RVIA Vice President of Standards and Education Bruce Hopkins, walked away with valuable information, as well as a desire to learn more.
The day-long seminar began with an overview on NHTSA, along with a general review of its rules, regulations and procedures that affect the RV industry. The agenda then focused on recalls and included a panel discussion moderated by Terry Current, chair of the RVIA NHTSA Technical Subcommittee and manager of codes and standards for Jayco Inc. Information was provided in a case study format and also included a step-by-step walkthrough of the recall process.
Panelists included Bruce York of NHTSA and industry leaders, including David Mihalick of Thor Industries; Mike Becker and Leo Akins of Forest River; Jackie Glassman of King & Spalding; Von Lindsey of Lindsey Research Services; Chris Grigorian of Foley & Lardner and RVIA’s outside legal counsel for NHTSA activities; Christie Iannetta of King & Spalding and Hopkins. A question and answer session rounded out the gathering.
Sponsored by Thor Industries Inc. and Forest River Inc., the event was hosted by RVIA as part of its continuing efforts to help keep members abreast of the latest regulations and requirements so they can take the necessary steps for compliance.
“It’s great to see the industry working in collaboration toward the common goal of continuing to improve safety,” Lippert Components Vice President of Quality Byron Chartier says. “Ultimately these educational efforts help ensure that RVers have the most enjoyable experiences possible as they make memories to cherish for years to come.”
Chartier added that he was pleased to see increased high-level attendance at the seminar which indicates that the topic is of great importance to the industry. He also thanked Forest River, Thor and RVIA for sponsoring the meeting and looks forward to ongoing training to continue staying on top of product safety and NHTSA requirements.
According to Hopkins, many attendees echoed Chartier’s hunger for more knowledge in this area, primarily due to the many aspects that go along with safety and recall procedures and their broad scope.
“NHTSA sets specific rules and safety standards for vehicles, as well as parts and components," Hopkins says. "People focus on learning the sections they’re involved with, but then that can lead to a desire to understand the entire regulatory scheme and where they fit in. In addition, the implications of a recall impact multiple business functions within a company, so it’s essential to educate all the right people on the various phases from discovery, to the structure of the recall itself, to the aftermath and the follow up so each phase becomes ingrained in a company’s culture.”
The process takes time – and more education. To that end, RVIA intends to make the NHTSA seminar an annual event each May and will continue to keep members updated via its Standards News Bulletins.