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 May 18, 2017
Reston, Virginia - RVIA has announced the launch of the first annual “Top-Tech Challenge,” set to take place at the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky from Nov. 26-30. RV Technicians are invited to compete live in a head-to-head competition in Louisville to earn the title of Top Tech and $10,000. The challenge will pit eight finalists against each other at the show and the final round will take place over the four-day period in a single elimination troubleshooting competition encompassing three different types of technical challenges.
To enter, applicants must be an RVDA/RVIA Certified Technician, have at least five years of working experience as an RV service technician and have a recommendation letter from a service manager or customer. Companies will also be limited to one applicant per company. Events will be timed within the specific task-at-hand and one final technician will emerge as the Top Tech. The winner and his or her owner company will receive $10,000 cash along with a trophy to bring back to their home town.
“We are looking forward to hosting the first competition that recognizes the talents and challenging work of RV technicians,” RVIA Senior Director of Education Sharonne Lee says. "This competition will shine a light on the individuals that keep the RV industry running on a daily basis. We continue to see more people complete the extensive technical training that goes into the repair and maintenance of RVs and those individuals deserve to be recognized.”
Prospective technicians will have the ability to submit their applications over the summer to enter the live competition, hosted by Gary Bunzer, noted author and technical educator. He has been serving the RV Industry since the late 1960’s. RV owners know him as the RV Doctor for his Q&A column that has been published every month for more than 41 consecutive years. He continues to develop innovative RV technical programs for both consumers and professional RV service technicians.
More details, including the scoring criteria and how to enter, will be available in upcoming weeks. Prequalifying rounds will take place throughout the next several months and the field will be narrowed in advance of the national show.
Traditionally held in late November at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, the National RV Trade Show provides dealers, store owners and campground operators the opportunity to come together to process orders, conduct marketing discussions, network and learn. The 2017 National RV Trade Show will be held Nov. 27-30.