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 Starts International Chapter With 2017 Induction

Wed Sep 6, 2017

150471092180513.jpgELKHART, Ind. -- The RV/MH Hall of Fame took a major leap forward in 2017 when Woody Paylor of Red Deer, Canada was selected to be enshrined in the RV/MH Hall of Fame, starting the beginning of an International Foundation, recognizing individuals from outside the U.S.

“Woody was in the class of 2017 that made 388 persons being enshrined from its beginning, but only the first from outside the U.S.,” RV/MH Hall of Fame President Darryl Searer says. “It is great to see the positive growth and professionalism of today's RV/MH Hall of Fame. Each year the Hall inducts five individuals from the RV Industry and five from the MH Industry."

"I was truly honored to receive the news about the induction; I can honestly say when we started out in the RV business, the Hall of Fame was not a thought that was in my head,” Woody Paylor says. “Our initial goal was to just survive and provide our customers with the best products together with professional service, to treat them with the utmost respect and care, always with a friendly smile. By simply doing this we felt that would improve their buying experience and we could become the top RV dealer in the City of Red Deer."

Paylor opened his first RV Dealership in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, in 1986. His confidence to begin this new venture was fostered from serving 18 years as the operating manager and minority partner of a single RV dealership as well as a multi-location Mobile Homes sales group.

Today, Woody’s has five locations, selling more than 2,000 Recreation Vehicles a year. Another new location is scheduled to open in 2018.

"Woody's is devoted to providing leading edge products supported by a team of professionals committed to exceeding the expectations of its customers,” Stephan Lussier says, who was the past president of Coast Canada, and who nominated Paylor. “Woody has always been an RV visionary, first by bypassing the city to locate on the highways where the vehicle traffic was, well before it was fashionable.

"His was the first Canadian dealership to join an entirely U.S. 20 group. In his Spader group he always strived to give more than he received. While Woody is now the retired founder of the dealerships, his vision and values carry forward with location growth planned in 2016, currently led by his son, Darren Paylor. Woody has been an unabashed supporter of the Canadian RVDA serving multiple terms as its chairman and continuing to support their efforts with time, money and staff.”

"Woody certainly represents the type of person we have always strived to honor when making selections for the Hall of Fame, and it is our honor to have him join the elite group of inspired leaders and entrepreneurs that make up the RV/MH Hall of Fame,” Searer says. "Congratulations and welcome once more to Woody Paylor from Canada."

Searer also wanted to remind those that plan to nominate someone for the Class of 2018 that they have until Oct. 31 to submit their nomination.