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 - The National Wildlife Federation's 13th annual Great American Campout features 5,000 new reasons to pledge online to camp anytime and anywhere starting now through the end of October 2017. The Great American Campout is a summer-long celebration of camping as a way to connect with nature and wildlife.
The Great American Campout is free and open to the public of all ages. This initiative encourages camping by anyone, anywhere (park, beach, campground, forest or backyard), and by any means (RV, tent, under the stars, etc.) throughout the summer and into autumn 2017. Jeff Probst, Executive Producer and host of CBS' Survivor and avid outdoorsman, serves as this year's celebrity spokesperson. The National Wildlife Federation's beloved wildlife ambassador, Ranger Rick, will help young campers join the fun and excitement with family-friendly downloadable camping activities, recipes and books.
"Camping makes everything better. Camping reduces your blood pressure and calms your nerves. Worried about your kids? Camping helps children focus, expands creativity and enhances leadership skills — all of which improve academic achievement," National Wildlife Federationa President and CEO Collin O'Mara says. "Want a stronger relationship? Camping lets you focus on what matters away from the distractions of day-to-day life. Reconnecting with nature inspires us to care for what we love and rekindles the conservation ethic that lives inside each of us. When you can be present in nature and experience a connection – when you look into a tree and see the eyes of a great horned owl staring back at you – it reminds us of our responsibility to take action and protect the things we value most."
Keystone RV Company, Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts and RVTrader.com have joined the initiative as new partners for 2017. To encourage families to get outside and camp this summer, everyone who pledges will be entered to win a Bullet Colt RV (valued at $18,000) or a week-long stay at a Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort (plus a $500 gift card for travel expenses and a $250 Jellystone Park gift card). RV Trader will provide specially-designed content on the Great American Campout website that will include environmentally-friendly RV camping tips.
In an effort to increase native tree populations critical to America's wildlife and the preservation of our great outdoors, if 150,000 people commit to making the Great American Campout pledge, 5,000 regionally-specific native trees will be donated to the National Wildlife Federation's Trees for Wildlife program. The Trees for Wildlife program enlists pre-approved youth groups to make a commitment to plant and maintain the trees to ensure that they will provide food and shelter for wildlife for many years to come.
Connecting kids with nature and outdoor play has shown proven health benefits. A 2016 study from Plymouth University in the UK found that children who camp in the great outdoors at least once a year go on to perform better in school and are healthier and happier according to their parents. The study also revealed that 98 percent of parents feel camping makes their kids appreciate and connect with nature; 95 percent of parents feel their kids are happier when camping; and 93 percent feel that it provides useful self-reliance skills for later in life.
"It is very important to me that my kids have a healthy relationship with nature and that they know how to survive if they were ever stranded," Probst says. "Thanks to my job on Survivor, our family has enjoyed some amazing camping adventures together where we can unplug, reconnect with each other and enjoy nature. When we're back home we do the same thing. We will be out there this summer and hope you will too."
Campers are encouraged to take selfies of themselves camping ("Campies") and submit them to NWF's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts using the hashtags #campie and #GreatAmericanCampout to share their experiences and create an extended community of participants year after year.