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 .
Tue Oct 10, 2017
The Wisconsin Recreational Vehicle Dealers Alliance has reported two legislative wins for the RV dealers in the state of Wisconsin.
The first win deals with dealers in the association now being able to charge a service fee.
In the past, dealers were not allowed to charge a service fee because of a law change in 2002 that said only dealers who belonged to an association could charge it. Since Wisconsin had no association, the dealers in the state were left out of that change.
Now, however, through the association working with the state on rule and law changes, this particular legislation has been changed, as follows:
“(1) A dealer may not assess a purchaser of a recreational vehicle an additional service fee or charge for performing a vehicle inspection of completing a form that is related to the sale of the recreational vehicle and required by law unless the dealer discloses the fee or charge to the purchaser and provides a statement on the purchase or lease contract in substantially the following form: ‘A service fee or charge is not required by law but may be charged to recreational vehicle purchasers or lessees for services related to compliance with state and federal laws, verification and public safety and must be reasonable.’ The amount of a service fee or charge assessed by a dealer under this subsection may not be higher than the amount initially disclosed.
(2) Upon request from a purchaser of a recreational vehicle, a dealer shall provide a written list of the services for which a service fee or charge under sub. (1) is assessed.
(3) The department may audit a dealer to determine whether fees or charges assessed by the dealer under sub. (1) are reasonable.”
The second legislative win deals with personal property tax for businesses, which has been abolished in all states surrounding the state of Wisconsin; however, there are two industries that are exempt from paying personal property taxes – manufacturing and agriculture.
“This tax is extremely unfair to small businesses like RV dealers,” WRVDA Executive Director Amy Bliss says. “For example, dealers pay this tax on their tools; however, the same tool in a manufacturing facility would be exempt from the tax.”
Now, after working with the legislation, WRVDA says that it expects a full repeal during the next budget cycle, which would exempt all property previously included such as machinery, patterns and tools.