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 News Exclusive: Midwest RV Super Show Kicks off Aug. 10

Tue Aug 8, 2017

150220697139711.jpgThe 62nd Annual Midwest RV Super Show will be held Aug. 10-13 at the RV/MH Hall of Fame & Museum in Elkhart, Indiana.

Showgoers can get into the show as well as tour the Hall of Fame Museum for one ticket price, something that Indiana Manufactured Housing Association Director of Recreational Vehicles Matt Rose says sets this show apart from others.

The Annual Midwest RV Super Show is what's left of an even larger show that was held in the 1950s at the University of Notre Dame every year. The show took plac eover a couple of days and took up a large portion of the campus during that time.

After moving on from Notre Dame, the show was held at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds in Goshen, but in 2012, the show partnered with the RV/MH Hall of Fame, which has turned into a partnership allowing the showgoers access to the Hall of Fame in addition to the show for the one price.

"The Hall of Fame wants to get as many people through the museum as possible, so we made it an all-inclusive price," Rose says. "One of our big selling points is they can go inside the Hall and see the first RVs ever built, then walk outside and see the newest RVs built for the 2018 year."

The show, being held down the street from where many of these units are built, also is one of the first shows that will feature the 2018 models. The show is expected to attract around 4,500 people, a slight increase from 2016, Rose says.

"Rving is a fun, flexible and affordable way for families to spend quality time in the outdoors," he says. "In addition to vacation travel, owners use RVs for tailgating, travel with pets and to participate in outdoor sports and other leisure activities."

Seven dealers all from the north central part of Indiana will be displaying their motorhomes. Those dealers include the following:

  • Goshen RV Supercenter, displaying motorhomes from Forest River, Dynamax, Heartland, Shasta and Fleetwood

  • Indiana RV Connection, showing RVs from Jayco and Highland Ridge

  • International RV Wholesalers, showing RVs from Forest River

  • Moore Custom Trailers, showing trailers from Aluminum Trailer Company, Gulfstream and Livin' Lite

  • Tiara RV, displaying RVs from CrossRoads, Cruiser, DRV, Heartland, Keystone, Thor Motor Coach and Starcraft

  • Total Value RV, showing RVs from Thor Motor Coach, Entegra Coach, Flagstaff, Coachmen, Holiday Rambler, Heartland and Forest River

  • D Showalter RV, showing trailers from Dutchmen

In addition, several suppliers will have booths set up inside the Hall of Fame, including MorRyde, who will be selling towing accessories and equipment, along with other suppliers, both in the campground and RV-related industries.

Because of the location of the show, many of the RVs are priced at 20 to 25 percent below MSRP and gives attendees a chance to compare features, floorplans and other types of leisure activities.

Rose says one of the trends he has noticed is the age of the attendees has gone down quite substantially since the time he took over as director of recreational vehicles.

"What we've really noticed, especially over the last three years, is the average age of the show's attendee is getting younger," Rose says. "We still see the baby boomer generation, the people eyeing retirement, but we're really starting to see younger couples and younger families. It's been a noticeable increase. I think it's an evolution of the younger generation moving toward a more active and healthy outdoors lifestyle. They're spending more of their dollars on experiences rather than material goods."

The show will begin Aug. 10 and run from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Saturday will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday will go from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults age 16 and up, while children 15 and under are free with an adult's admittance.