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 .
Thu Nov 30, 2017
Author: Scott Hansen
RVIA presented its highest honor – the Distinguished Service to the Industry Award – to Jayco President and CEO Derald Bontrager on Wednesday night.
Bontrager has spent decades as the leader of one of the largest RV manufacturers in the world. While doing so, he has held numerous positions throughout the industry.
“Derald has volunteered his time and his expertise to this industry,” RVIA Chairman Bob Parish said when presenting the award. “He has served in every position on the board throughout his career including as chairman of the board. He has provided invaluable insight to the industry.”
Bontrager said the industry has meant so much to him throughout his career and life.
“I have often said that this industry is made up of the best people in the world,” Bontrager said. “That is what I’ll cherish most is the lifelong friends I’ve made. To those in the industry, get involved to make sure the momentum we have gained continues.”
Bontrager received the night’s highest honor at the inaugural RV Industry Awards celebration, presented by Kampgrounds of America (KOA). But he wasn’t the only awards recipient.
Brian Wilkins of Wilkins RV, with four locations in upstate New York, took home the David J. Humphries Award, presented to the honoree who has striven to encourage the multiple constituencies throughout the industry to work collectively for the growth and betterment of the industry.
Wilkins is a former chairman of RVDA in addition to running a successful dealership in New York.
“Like many of you in this room, I grew up in this industry,” Wilkins said. “From the age of nine, I walked from school to the dealership where I worked in putting away parts orders. Working in the industry from such a young age makes you passionate about the industry, but it has its challenges. As we work together as an industry, we can fix them.”
Bob Tiffin, founder and owner of Tiffin Motorhomes, was presented with the RVDA Titan Award, the award given to a titan of the industry.
Tiffin founded the dealership as he and a couple of other people built the first Tiffin Allegro motorhome in a warehouse in Red Bay, Alabama in December 1972. Since then, Tiffin has grown to include more than 1,800 employees in six plants today.
“We want to thank the RV industry for a great award,” Tiffin said on the stage, joined by his wife Judy. “We had a lot of help. Our three kids and our grandchildren, a whole lot of people who work at our plants. We have many people who have worked there for 25 to 30 years. Just remember, you won’t go broke making a profit.”
The first awards of the night were given by RVDA President Phil Ingrassia and RVDA Chairman Tim Wegge, who handed out 13 Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) Awards, presented to brands that scored a 4.25 or more out of a 5-point scale in overall dealer satisfaction based on reliability, quality, warranty satisfaction and sales.
The awards, in alphabetical order, were presented to:
• Forest River XLR
• Grand Design
• Gulf Stream
• Heartland North Trail & Wilderness
• Lance Camper
• Leisure Travel Vans
• Livin’ Lite
• Tiffin Motorhomes