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 .

RV/MH Hall of Fame Inductee Passes Away at 90

Fri Jul 21, 2017

150064561621933.jpgELKHART, Ind. — Robert E. Richardson, 90, of Elkhart, passed away peacefully of natural causes Monday, July 17 at his home surrounded by his family.

Richardson co-founded Richardson Trailer Manufacturing with his father and later bought the company outright in 1959. Over the next 10 years, he would transform the company from a small trailer manufacturer into one of the premier corporations in the RV industry.

According to a story by The Elkhart Truth, Richardson was considered by many to be one of the industry's top leaders in innovation and design. In 2016, he was awarded a spot in the RV/MH Hall of Fame.

Richardson was born Sept. 14, 1926 in Elkhart to Clifford and Florence (Congdon) Richardson. He married Patricia McDonald of Bronson, Michigan in 1948. Patricia passed away in 1973. One year later, Robinson married Beverly Swihart of Elkhart, who passed away in 1998. Another year later, Richardson married Sandy Wynykoski.

He is survived by his wife Sandy, his daughter Leslie (Bill) Simpson of St. Louis, Missouri; sons Mark (Sally) Richardson of Greenwood Village, Colorado; and Matt (Susan) Richardson of Mosinee, Wisconsin; stepchildren Stephan (Theresa) Swihart of Bloomington, Indiana; Susan Jayroe of Vallejo, California; Jane (John) Hagale of Houston, Texas; Gail (David) Duthie of Elkhart; and John (Rosann) Wynykoski of St. Charles, Illinois. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, nine stepgrandchildren, four great-grandchildren and eight stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his stepson William Swihart.