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 .
Mon Jul 24, 2017
Kathy Petrick swore off camping after a disastrous childhood experience. But as an adult she has trekked to 27 state parks in eight years, visiting every campground that offers the relative comfort of modern camper cabins.
“I’m trying to give my son an appreciation for all of the natural beauty in Minnesota,” said Petrick, who lives with her 13-year-old in Chanhassen.
Petrick is one of a growing number of people fueling a statewide upswing in camping that has been building for more than five years.
Reasons for the boost include a greater interest in inexpensive local vacations and longer seasons of mild temperatures. But there also is a growing awareness of the emotional and physical benefits of being outside, according to a story by the Star Tribune.