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 Jul 7, 2017
Even with smoke still drifting up from three charred RVs and Joplin firefighters continuing to soak a ruptured propane tank, Sheri Wheelen's thoughts were with the woman whose car crash started the fire.
"I just hope that the little old lady's OK," the co-owner of Wheelen RV Center on Range Line Road said, less than two hours after a woman ran off Silver Creek Road, narrowly missed an electric pole, struck a propane filling station on the business' parking lot and ignited an early-morning blaze.
The Joplin Police Department later identified the driver as 69-year-old Rayma Crawford, of Joplin, Missouri. Crawford was taken to Mercy Hospital's Burn Center in Springfield with serious injuries.
Joplin fire Chief Jim Furgerson said the fire department responded to a call about a single-car accident around 7:40 a.m. Thursday. The fire destroyed four RVs and the woman's car, but was contained and did not cause damage to any surrounding buildings.