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 .

NY Times: New Wave of Campers Seeking Luxury

Mon Aug 21, 2017

If you’re planning to spend the last weeks of summer sleeping under the stars, you won’t be alone. A new wave of campers is taking to the great outdoors, though you might not find them in A-frame tents. They’re in tree houses and Airstreams, king beds and plush robes, prompting campgrounds to install Wi-Fi, and inspiring start-ups to build hotel-caliber apps and websites for discovering and booking campsites with zip lines and fine food.

“There seems to be a big resurgence in getting outdoors and camping,” said Toby O’Rourke, the chief franchise operations officer for Kampgrounds of America, one of the world’s largest privately owned networks of campgrounds. “That’s largely being driven by millennials.”

According to a story by The New York Times, about 13 million households in the United States planned to camp more this year than last year, according to research conducted by Cairn Consulting Group for Kampgrounds of America. More than a million new households have started camping each year since 2014, the company said, adding that millennials are now about 38 percent of the 75 million active camper households in America, up from 34 percent last year. Kampgrounds has been experiencing year-over-year growth for several years, yet last year was the best in its 57-year history. And it expects this year to top that.