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 .

USA Today: Why America Loves Camping

Fri Jul 28, 2017

A middle-aged man wearing khaki cargo shorts, flip-flops and a St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap wheeled a golf cart into the parking lot of The Outpost and disappeared inside.

He emerged a few minutes later carrying two bags of ice and a small sack of groceries.

"Glad this place is here," he yelled from the passing cart without slowing down. "Always seem to need something."

The Outpost is the camp store that services Hillman Ferry, a 374-site campground that’s scattered along nearly 900 acres of rolling, timbered, postcard-pretty Kentucky Lake/Tennessee River shoreline. Earlier this month, during the Independence Day weekend, every site was occupied and the campground took on the look and feel of a self-contained small town, albeit one with an idyllic personality and a through-the-looking-glass persona, according to a story by USA Today.

On a quiet, post-holiday weekday afternoon about half the campsites were filled. Their occupants were a mixed bag: Families with young children. Apparent long-time retirees. Every age group in between.