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 .
Tue Aug 1, 2017
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - American RV, a 29-year-old recreational vehicle dealer based in Cutlerville, has been sold to Camping World Holdings, the nation's largest chain of RV stores and a growing force in the outdoors and boating market.
Camping World, which has operated a retail store outlet next door to American RV for the past 10 years, is expanding in Michigan. The Lincolnshire, Illinois-based company recently purchased a Supercenter RV store in Houghton Lake and operates a retail accessory story in Belleville, southwest of Detroit.
Founded in 1988 by Ron and Cheryl Neff, American RV has grown to become one of West Michigan's largest RV dealers. Two of their children, general manager Chad Neff and accounting mangaer Tami Melpolder, will remain with the dealership, according to a story by MLive.com.
"This is a great opportunity for my parents," Chad Neff says. "They have worked hard for decades to build the company and they look forward to retirement. At the same time, I know they will miss the interaction with customers and vendors. My father has worked in RV sales for more than 55 years, so it's in his blood, so to speak."