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 .

Cruise America Celebrates 45 Years in RV Rentals

Thu Jun 29, 2017

PHOENIX - This July, as millions of Americans hit the road for summer vacations, Cruise America, the nation’s leading provider of recreational vehicle rentals, celebrates a milestone: 45 years of delivering RV vacations to families and camping enthusiasts the world over.

Founders Randall and Robert Smalley, Jr., helped their late father launch American Land Cruisers in South Miami, Florida in 1972. The senior Smalley, former CEO of Hertz Rent a Car, became intrigued with RV rentals after Hertz piloted a similar program in 1968.

After 21 years in Miami, Cruise America moved its headquarters out west in 1993. Today the Mesa, Arizona-based company operates more than 120 locations across the lower 48 United States, Alaska and Canada.

Of all its accomplishments over the last 45 years, the Smalleys say they are proudest of the memories they have helped create for customers along the way.

“We are extremely fortunate to work in an industry that unites people," Randall Smalley says. "That unity is enabled by our fleet of 4,500 motorhomes and our nearly 300 hard-working employees across the U.S. and Canada. We are passionate about this product and this lifestyle. There is something magical about the classic American road trip that seems to strengthen the bonds of family and friends alike.”

“This has always been true, but is especially so in today’s fast-paced world,” Robert Smalley, Jr. adds. "Our 45th anniversary is a tremendous milestone for the company and our customers and we want to thank them for their continued loyalty and appreciation for what we do.”

To celebrate the anniversary, the company has begun a series of surprise rental discounts to existing customers throughout the company’s summer season.

Additional plans include photo and video contests for Cruise America RV vacationers, as well as charitable tie-ins with local, not-for-profit organizations that support and promote national parks, camping, family and children’s causes including the Make-A-Wish Foundation.