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 .

Man Arrested for Armed Robbery of Florida RV Business

Mon Aug 7, 2017

150211978276306.jpgSTUART, Fla. — An Orlando, Florida man was arrested and charged with robbery and two counts of kidnapping after dragging the manager of a local RV business across the floor at gunpoint, according to a Stuart Police Department report.

Chalin Christopher Merrihew, 41, was arrested just before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday after a nearly four-hour manhunt for him and was charged with robbery and two counts of kidnapping, according to the report.

Officers went to Florida Outdoors RV at 1160 S.E. Federal Highway about 4:50 p.m. after they got a call about an armed robbery involving a man, later identified as Merrihew, inside the business holding a salesman at gunpoint, according to the report.

The sales manager, who has not been publicly identified, told police that Merrihew walked into the business and asked for the manager. Merrihew told the manager that he was the new district manager, but the manager responded that he must be mistaken, according to a story by the TC Palm.

Merrihew was wearing a Florida Outdoors RV mechanic shirt with the name "David" on it. An employee told police that a man named David worked for the business's location in Okeechobee.

Merrihew demanded the keys to a motorhome parked in front of the business. When the manager asked why, Merrihew reportedly became aggressive and raised his voice. When others moved toward the escalating argument, Merrihew pulled his wallet out and allegedly yelled at the crowd, telling them to back off because he was a police officer.

When one of the employees began using his phone, Merrihew allegedly pulled out a gun and pointed it at the man's chest. Then, he put the gun to the manager's head and led him to his office containing all of the keys to the RVs on the lot.

When the manager got to the office, he threw several keys on the ground, distracting Merrihew long enough to escape and run to the back of the business. Merrihew then fled from the business and was caught four hours later.

He remains in Martin County Jail with a $120,000 bail.