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: Hershey Show Opens with Attendance Record in Sight

Tue Sep 12, 2017

147404213581938.gifAmerica’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pennsylvania is open to the public starting Tuesday, Sept. 12 and running through Sunday, Sept. 17.

During the 2016 show, attendance set a new record with 57,692 people attending the nearly week-long event. According to Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Association Executive Director Heather Leach, the preliminary ticket sales during the summer exceeded the same numbers last year by three times.

“We’re always hoping for more. As our preliminary ticket sales over the summer were triple what we did last year, we’re looking for a really good year,” Leach says.

Normally, PRVCA sells 1,000 advance ticket sales during the summer. However, this summer, tickets for the Hershey Show numbered about 3,500, Leach says, which could be attributed to a little more publicity and word of mouth that those advance sellings were taking place, as well as the general excitement of the show and the RV industry in general, Leach says.

In addition, there is an increase to the number of RV units on display during the week, with nearly 1,400 as compared to 1,300 last year. Forty-five manufacturers will be displaying their motorhomes, in addition to 157 vendors throughout the week of the show.

“I think that the show is a great way for dealers in the area to talk one on one with manufacturers reps when they’re close by,” Leach says. “They get to see some of the newest product out there and give feedback while they roll into the next season. Most of the comments so far have been that they like coming and particularly not standing in line.”

This year’s show departed from the norm by having an education day on Monday, Sept. 11, where the show exhibits are not open, but training is held all day. Leach says there were several classes that were completely sold out, showing that the classes continue to be very popular.

“Training is one of the things that the attendees really look forward to,” Leach says. “We are glad to see that continue.”

Other than the shift in the training days, Leach says most of the other highlights and schedules remain exactly the same from last year.

Tuesday continues with the Trade Show & Education Day as well as Dealer Day, with more training available as well as the beginning of the exhibits.

For more information, visit PRVCA.org.