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 .
Wed Dec 13, 2017
RESTON, Va.—The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) wrapped its annual National RV Trade Show on a high note of inspiration, forecasted growth and innovative product launches. Hosted in Louisville, Kentucky from Nov. 27-30, the RV industry came out in force, as the show welcomed more than 7,500 RV sellers and attendees, with a 2 percent gain over the prior show year.
With RV popularity soaring to an all-time high, the 2017 National RV Trade Show proved to be a premier place for those in the industry to discover new content, explore emerging and growing trends, network with industry professionals and discover new product lines. The world’s largest RV trade show brought together the entire RV industry under one roof and provided an international platform to propel the industry forward.
“Annual events, like this show, which gather the entire RV community are important for the overall health and vitality of the industry,” RVIA Senior Vice President of Trade Shows and Events Liz Crawford says. “However, this event has experienced flat, if not declining attendance for many years, which isn’t that unusual in a mature market where consolidation is occurring. That said, we added more events to the 2017 Show which created more value for our key stakeholders of OEMs, Suppliers, Aftermarket, Dealers, Campgrounds and Media. This year’s new features were the first steps to a reimagined industry event. As a team, we are excited about what the future will bring.”
Attendees enjoyed never before seen show features and hours of customized content and educational sessions designed to showcase product innovation, and offer marketing, sales, technician and service training. RV sellers were able to gain tangible ways to merchandise, innovate and introduce new products in their dealership as well as address the consumer market.
A new event for exhibitors was the Media Preview, which welcomed nine RV manufacturers and suppliers who shared their latest company news, new product features, brand story and leadership comments to nearly 50 industry journalists. Participants included: Winnebago, Forest River, Truma, Taxa, Dometic, Jayco, Thetford, Lance and Keystone.
The first annual Top Tech Challenge, sponsored by Airxcel, Dometic, Forest River, Lippert Components, Reese and Thetford, pitted experienced service techs against each other to determine the Top Tech of the year. Brandon Galbreath of D&N RV Service in Congratulations to Brandon Galbreath of D&N RV Service in Guntersville, Alabama won the $10,000 prize and title of Top Tech.
During the Outlook 2018 Breakfast, RVIA announced recipients of the first annual “40 Under 40” Awards. The 40 individuals, who represent current and future leaders in the RV Industry who are under 40 years of age, received recognition from the more than 1,000 attendees at the event.
Networking events provide the industry a chance to connect with peers, collaborate and exchange ideas. This year’s industry event offered show and city-wide networking opportunities including the Pub Crawl, sponsored by Black Series Campers, the inaugural RV Industry Awards, sponsored by Kampgrounds of America (KOA) and the RVIA Rock n’ Roll Celebration at Fourth Street Live, sponsored by Erwin Hymer.
The inaugural RV Industry Awards welcomed everyone for an evening of celebration and acknowledgement—honoring the companies, people and vehicles that have showcased the RV Industry’s dynamic, innovative, inspirational and customer service focused businesses. Congratulations goes to the following, among others, for being recognized during the awards event:
• RVDA DSI Quality Circle Awards (in alphabetical order): Airstream, Forest River (XLR), Grand Design (Imagine, Momentum, Reflection, Solitude), Gulf Stream Coach (Vintage Cruiser/Vista Cruiser), Heartland RV (North Trail/Wilderness), Keystone RV (Cougar/X-lite, Springdale/Summerland/Residence), KZ-RV (Spree/Spree Connect/Spree Escape), Lance Camper Manufacturing (travel trailers/toy haulers, truck campers), Leisure Travel Vans/Triple E, and Livin’ Lite RV, Newmar, Pleasure-Way Industries and Tiffin Motorhomes.
• RVDA Titan Award: Bob Tiffin, Tiffin Motorhomes
• RVIA David J. Humprehys RV Industry Unity Award: Brian Wilkins, Wilkins RV
• RVIA Distinguished Service to the Industry Award: Derald Bontrager, Jayco
“The National Trade Show is a great opportunity for dealers to view product and network with industry partners,” Wilkins says. “I thought the Top Tech Challenge and the Industry Awards night were great additions to this year’s show, allowing us to celebrate both the unsung heroes of our industry, and those working hard to advance quality within our industry.”
Chris Andro, Co-owner and general Manager of Hemlock Hill RV, says “This year’s show was the best in years. It’s great that RVIA is bringing so many new features to the show. The atmosphere is great.”
“The attitude is robust, and as upbeat as I have ever seen,” says Dan Pearson, Go RVing Co-Chair.