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 12, 2017
The New England Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association is putting out a call for any service technicians to apply for jobs at dealerships in the northeast.
May is one of the busiest months of the year for RV dealers, service centers and the campground industry. NERVDA Executive Director Bob Zagami says he has rarely seen the dealers as busy as they now are.
"I have never seen them so busy, which is great because it is a sign of our robust economy and increased consumer demand for RVs and the RV lifestyle," he says.
The industry is setting new records for 2017 and is well ahead of the number of units shipped in 2016 through the month of April. Last year the industry sold more than 430,000 RVs. This year, the industry expects to sell more than 480,000 units.
"This is great news, but with it comes some challenges for our dealers as they work a lot of overtime trying to make sure new units are delivered on schedule and that they can keep up with their regular customer's service work and repairs," Zagami says.
Almost all of the members are looking for RV technicians to stay up with the demand, but it takes time to find them, train them and get them productive in the service bay or preparing new units so that RVers can be camping by Memorial Day, Zagami says. However, the unprecedented level of work in the dealerships is something never before seen at this level before.
If anyone knows of technicians looking to make a career move, please tell him or her about the RV industry and its dealers, Zagami pleads.
"This is a great industry to work in - we make memories and sell fun," he says. "There are many other open positions at your local dealer that need to be filled.
The complete list of NERVDA dealers and service centers is available on the NERVDA consumer website: www.nervda.com/find-a-dealer/. Inquire directly with the dealers and service centers near you to see what openings they currently have.
Zagami also can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-974-3739.