RVIA Economic Impact Study

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 .

Escapees RV Club Co-Founder Passes Away at 90

Tue Jun 13, 2017

149736876888907.jpgLivingston, Texas - Escapees RV Club is deeply saddened to report the passing of co-founder, Kay Peterson, aged 90. She and her late husband, Joe Peterson, founded the club in 1978, and continued to serve Escapees members until 1990 when leadership of the club was passed to their daughter, Cathie Carr, and her husband Bud. From writing and publishing the club’s early newsletters, in the 1970s and '80s, to advising the current board of directors in her later years, Kay maintained a strong connection to the club and its members.

Her grandson, and Escapees RV Club president, Travis Carr, described Kay perfectly.

“While this news is deeply saddening, we must all remember that Kay lived one of the fullest lives any 90-year-old could ever hope for," Carr says. "She accomplished every goal she set for herself, and her every dream has been realized.”

In addition to her work with Escapees RV Club, Kay was an accomplished writer, producing reference books and pamphlets for RVers. She also wrote several novels loosely based on her experiences traveling around the world. Her book Chasing Rainbows, an anthology of short stories inspired by people she met while traveling, is a favorite among RVers thanks to her wry sense of humor and candid way of writing, according to a press release.

Joe and Kay were inducted into the MH/RV Hall of Fame in 2001, in recognition of their support of the RVing community.

Their work has touched the lives of thousands of RVers. As long-time Escapees member Karen Cannon shared, “many people’s lives have changed because of what she and Joe started. We will always be grateful for them both.”

The family has asked for privacy at this time. Cards and other sentiments may be sent to the Carr family via Escapees headquarters at 100 Rainbow Drive, Livingston, TX 77351. Memorial service arrangements will be announced at a later date.