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 .

RV/MH Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Is Inducted

Tue Aug 8, 2017

150220393447809.gifELKHART, Ind. - More than 400 friends, colleagues and guests gathered at RV/MH Hall of Fame on Aug. 7 to help celebrate the induction of the Class of 2017 into the RV/MH Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2017 RV industry inductees include Edwin Baier, Evergreen RV Supply; Walter Bennett, Thor Industries; David Gorin, David Gorin Associates LLC; Woody Paylor, Woody's RV World; and Martin Shea, Madison RV Supercenter, Inc.

On the manufactured housing side, the inductees include Dennis Beadle, Victorian Homes; Christine Lindsey, UMH Properties, Inc.; Doug Lippert, Lippert Components, Inc.; Spencer Roane, Boyd Roane Inc., and founder of Southeastern Community Owners; and Michael Sullivan, Newport Pacific Family of Companies.

Before the induction ceremonies, Hall President Darryl Searer, addressed the crowd in his "Annual State of the Hall" address.

"Besides this being our 45th year in existence, this is our 10th year at this beautiful location, and my sixth State of the Hall address in the past five-and-half years," Searer says. "And the most exciting, as we have continued to make great progress in all areas of the operation. Income is up and expenses are down. Our debt continues to be paid down at an aggressive pace. Our current debt is now 10 percent of the debt of $5.5 million just five years ago. One last word as your volunteer President for over five years, if I had a genie in a bottle and could have two wishes granted by next year's induction dinner, they would be first, that the Hall of Fame is debt free, and second, we have all the money in the bank to start construction on our new vision. Together, I do know we can make it happen."

Searer also announced that long-time RV/MH historian and librarian at the RV/MH Heritage Foundation Al Hesselbart is the 2017 winner of the Hall's Spirit Award,
"This man has put his life into both the RV and MH Industries' history for more than 25 years," Searer says. "He has written books and attended hundreds of RV rallies over the years, making people laugh, but more importantly educating folks on the important history of both industries. He has even gone to China as the expert on the history of the RV Industry."

The Spirit Award is an annual award to honor the person who has demonstrated his or her desire and dedication to further the legacy of the industry's great heritage.