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 .
Mon Oct 2, 2017
Camp Hill, Penn. – America’s Largest RV Show, held in Hershey, Pennsylvania, hosted another successful show with a record attendance of 64,154 setting a new record for the show’s history and an 11 percent increase over last year’s record crowd. The show had more than 1,400 new units on display, 157 booth vendors and 44 manufacturers covering display space that reached more than 1 million net square feet.
“It’s always exciting to set a new record,” Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association Executive Vice President Heather Leach says. “It’s even better when they are here to buy and this year was not a disappointment. We had a lot of positive feedback from both the dealers and manufacturers regarding sales.”
This year’s show consisted of an Education Day on Monday, Sept. 11 followed by an Industry Day on Tuesday. This year’s education events featured Norcold/Thetford, Cequent Performance Products, Keller Marine and RV, Gary Bunzer’s PDI, Cummins Onan, Xantrex, Trum, Marshall Excelsior and Workamper News.
“There was a variety of training at this year show,” Show Chairman Dan Saltzgiver says, who also serves as general manager of Camping World of Hanover. “It’s always a great place to get recertification hours and quality training.”
Attendees and exhibitors were also able to enjoy a tour of the Antique Auto Museum followed by a dinner and Q & A with NFL’s Fred Biletnikoff. A silent auction was held to benefit the PRVCA’s PAC fund.
“We received a lot of compliments regarding the dinner,” Leach says. “The Antique Auto Museum was a great venue.”
Retail days brought consumers who were ready to buy.
“This year’s Hershey show was easy to work, the layouts were leaps and bounds better and we were up 30 percent in sales over last year,” Keystone RV Center General Manager Eric Kendle says. “My hats off to the PRVCA and all the hard work that they put in to help us.”
“We are in planning mode for next year’s show to make it even better,” Leach says. “We’ll be celebrating our 50th show, so we want to make it really special.”
The Hershey RV Show - America’s Largest RV Show 2018 will be held on Sept. 11 – 16, 2018. For more information, visit www.largestRVshow.com.