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 .

Michigan Governor Doesn't Sign Two RV-Centered Bills

Mon Jul 31, 2017

146799538992158.jpgThe Michigan Association of Recreational Vehicles and Campgrounds sent a letter to its members informing them that Gov. Rick Snyder made the decision not to sign Senate BIlls 0094 and 0095 that would have given recreation vehicle dealers the ability to offer RV buyers the full value of their trade-in against the purchase price of a new or used recreationa vehicle.

The legislation included language that would have moved the timeline up on phasing in the sales and use tax break for auto-trade ins. The Governor called the bills “not fiscally prudent.” He cited budget pressures from a number of areas in coming years, in particular dedication of funds to road funding. The original legislation was passed in 2013.

“We believe there are more factors to be considered when factoring in the sales tax on the difference for recreation vehicles," Coldwater RV Dealer and MARVAC Member Dave Haylett says. "RV buyers are crossing state lines and looking to spend their RV dollars in states that offer them tax on the difference for their trade-ins. The other factor in this case is the Michigan boating industry was given full benefit in 2013 of allowing for the full amount of the trade-in value against the sale price of a new or used boat. RV dealers are in the recreation business as are boat dealers, but we are not being given the same opportunity to participate on a level playing field. The association put a lot of time and effort back in 2012 to pass the original legislation and again this year to accomplish what nearly 40 other states already have in some variation of sales tax on the difference for their RV customers.”

The MARVAC Board of Directors will meet again on Sept. 12 and further discussion of this legislative issue will continue.