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 Sales on a Roll, but Does Sales Boom Indicate Possible Future Bust?

Mon Dec 4, 2017

Recreational vehicle sales are on a roll, and could hit their highest level in nearly four decades, according to Reuters. The news organization attributes the surge to the combination of a strong economy, low fuel costs, and retiring Baby Boomers.

Low financing costs also play a role in the sales surge, Reuters notes. While loans for cars and SUVs only rarely exceed eight years, the financing for RVs can go to 20 years. This lowers monthly costs, but can keep buyers on financing longer.

The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association reports that it tracked 334,408 wholesale shipments to RV retailers through the first eight months of 2017, a gain of 15.1 percent over the 290,582 units shipped in the same period of 2016. Towables are the most popular type of RV. The association tracked 292,130 towable wholesale shipments in the first eight months of 2017, a 15.3 percent increase. By contrast, year-to-date sales of motorhomes reached 42,278 units through Aug. 31, up 13.9 percent from 2016, according to a story by The Drive.

The sales boom is so pronounced that it's straining the labor market in northern Indiana, where 85 percent of America's RVs are made, the Reuters piece states. That area is home to the two largest RV manufacturers in the country, Forest River, and Thor Industries.

RVs can cost as much as a house, but depreciate like cars. Bankrate notes that just driving one off the lot can decrease an RV's value by 30 percent. If the stock market corrects itself and retirement savings take a hit, many RV owners will likely be looking to sell. This could glut the used market with options, and further depress prices.