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 .
Wed May 31, 2017
The following editorial appeared in the Dayton City Paper on May 23. To view the entire editorial piece, click on the link below.
You’ve seen them, of course. Who hasn’t? They’re at your local campground, standing out like a sore thumb beside a grove of maple trees. Or you might spot one being hauled down the highway by a satisfied dad in a pickup truck, its gleaming silver skin reflecting the summer sun. Or maybe you played in one as a child, while it was parked out behind Grandma’s house, quietly waiting for that next adventure down south in Florida. (Having traversed the entire country by car in my 30s and after spending my childhood in a succession of tornado-bait mobile homes until I reached the age of 15, this writer can certainly relate.)
Love them or hate them — Jimmy Buffett once famously sang, “They looked a lot better as beer cans” — it’s impossible to mistake an Airstream camper once you figure out what they are. America has pined for those silver-bullet trailers since the Great Depression, and it doesn’t show signs of abating anytime soon.
Now in its eighth year, Alumapalooza — an annual celebration of the Airstream camper, the community of people who love them, and their traveling lifestyle — is taking place at the world headquarters and manufacturing facility of Airstream, Inc. just north of Dayton in Jackson Center, Ohio. The event, which is held with the full support and cooperation of the Airstream company, Airstream Life magazine, and other sponsors, will take place this year from May 30 – June 4, featuring camping, seminars, factory tours and unlimited opportunities to socialize and hobnob with fellow Airstreamers.