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 17, 2017
Bob Lee, 78, an original founder of what would become Monaco Coach Corporation, passed away on Oct. 8 at his home among his family.
Lee was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon into a farming and logging family. After graduating from Bonanza High School, Lee joined the U.S. Navy, training as a jet mechanic. Around that time, he met the love of his life, Terry, who he married in 1961. The family moved to Junction City, Oregon in 1968 where he would eventually start a distinguished career in the RV industry.
He first helped to found what would become Monaco Coach Corporation and then branched out on his own in 1972 to start Country Camper. The company incorporated in 1973 and eventually was renamed Country Coach in 1984. With its humble beginnings as Country Camper with two employees, Country Coach grew to a corporation encompassing more than eight city blocks in Junction City and employing more than 1,500 employees during its peak manufacturing years. Over his 40-year career, Bob Lee's Country Coach became one of the industry's premier manufacturers of luxury diesel pusher motorcoaches, according to an obituary on Legacy.com.
Recognition of his accomplishments came from many different associations over the years. He served in industry leadership positions on many boards for nearly 30 years and was honored in 2000 when he was inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame.
Lee is survived by his wife of 56 years, Terry; daughters Brenda of Cheshire, Oregon; and Kenda Mason (Patrick) of Eugene, Oregon; grandchildren Monica Roseberry, Kylie Mason and Connor Mason; siblings Lenard Lee of Junction City, Oregon; Marie Walker of Klamath Falls, Oregon; Ron Lee of Junction City; and Gene Towner of Fence Lake, New Mexico.
The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made in his name to Junction City Local Aid, P.O. Box 493, Junction City, OR 97448.