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 .
Thu Aug 17, 2017
Members of the Recreation Vehicle Aftermarket Association (RVAA) have voted to mothball the association and join the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) at the RVAA Executive Conference in San Diego.
The voting continues through 11 a.m. on Thursday, but as of Thursday morning, 89.3 percent of the votes cast, or 75 votes, were in favor of the association joining the RVIA, while 10.7 percent, or nine votes, were cast in opposition. According to the association's bylaws, a majority would have been needed to pass the vote.
RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer gave a presentation on the benefits of the two associations working together and the issues that they could address going forward, such as working legislatively to improve the campgrounds across the country for larger RVs, tackling quality issues and repair parts availability. Hugelmeyer said that RVAA only has roughly $160,000 in reserves, whereas RVIA has $20 million in reserves, allowing for the ability to better tackle these issues if they worked together.
RVIA Vice President of Communications and Marketing James Ashurst will be working with the association's management company and will be overseeing the process and the transition. The change will come into effect on Jan. 1, 2018.
Additionally, Craig Floyd of Industrial Finishes was elected in as the new chairman of the RV Aftermarket Committee going forward under RVIA and the slate of current board members that were voted in by the membership will become the initial members of that committee.
The board was kept the same with the exception of two new members who have replaced two outgoing members. Andrea Mullin of Arrow Distributing has taken a distributors seat and Doug Northcutt from Demco Products has taken a supplier seat.
The executive committee will be headed by Steve Johnson of Northern Wholesale Supply as the president; Tom Manning from AP Products as the vice president; Jon White from NTP-Stag as the secretary and Matt Warner from Unified Marine as the treasurer.
Look for additional information and insights from members of both associations in future RV News E-Newsletters.