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 26, 2017
Reston, Virginia - RVIA’s April survey of manufacturers found RV wholesale shipments finished above 40,000 for the second month. Monthly shipments totaled 42,295; an increase of 5.6 percent compared to last April. Year-to-date wholesale RV shipments have reached 163,161 units, up 10.1 percent when compared to totals through last April 2016.
All towable RVs led by conventional travel trailers reached a total of 37,195; up 6.1 percent compared to April last year. Year-to-date all towable RVs are up 9.7 percent compared to last year with 141,714 units being currently reported. Travel trailers increased 9.2 percent, while fifth wheels also increased by 2.7 percent. However, folding camping trailers and truck campers decreased by 32.9 percent and 31.8 percent respectively over last April's numbers, which also reflects the year to date numbers compared between the two years.
Motorhome shipments, led by Type C motorhomes, totaled 5,100 units this month, up 1.7 percent compared to April last year. Year-to-date motorhome shipments are at 21,447 units, up 12.6 percent compared to the year-to-date total at this point in 2016. Type C motorhomes themselves increased 12.4 percent in April, while Type B motorhomes increased by 34.2 percent. Type A motorhomes decreased 18.2 percent in April and have decreased 7.7 percent year over year.