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 Jun 16, 2017
The RVIA Standards Department held its bi-annual staff meeting May 23-25 at the Elkhart, Indiana office. The primary objectives of this meeting were to review technical/policy issues, build on consistency in the inspections program and review the department's three-year-plan. The department also had the distinct privilege of having Bob Parish, chairman of the RVIA Board of Directors, attend the meeting.
Parish joined the discussion with inspectors for more than three hours and reviewed technical issues, upcoming 2018 NFPA 1192 code changes and participated in a robust discussion on inspection expense analysis, according to RVIA Today Express.
Parish praised the inspection staff by stating that they were an "invaluable asset" based on the Association's key priorities of maintaining self-regulation and compliance to the adopted safety standards.
Bruce Hopkins, RVIA VP of standards and education, expressed that having the chairman of the board participate in a bi-annual inspection staff meeting was a fantastic opportunity for the department to showcase the expertise of its inspectors and allowed Parish to experience an in-depth look at the role that they play within the Association.