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 .

Camping World to Reopen 69 Gander Locations

Fri Jan 5, 2018

151519249448855.pngCamping World Holdings is set to bring back 69 former Gander Mountain locations, after it acquired those assets in a bankruptcy court hearing last year, according to a company press release. Camping World is already beginning to reopen many of the stores, now known as Gander Outdoors.

“It was important to me to bring Gander Outdoors back to many wonderful communities across the country because the employees are top notch and the stores provide great products and services for the community,” says Marcus Lemonis, chairman of Camping World Holdings. “Our great team at the headquarters in Bloomington, MN has been working tirelessly over the past 6 months to get the locations prepared and we are extremely excited to begin the rapid opening process and hope to open all locations this spring.”

Lemonis has previously said the Gander locations show a clear path to profitability, though whether all 70 stores will be open are subject to various issues, including negotiating acceptable leases. However, after months of negotiations and remodeling, Camping World has already decided to open the company 69 locations by May.

“We feel this list of locations is very solid and ready to be up and running in the coming months. Two locations have already opened, two more are slated to open next week and others will begin opening at a very rapid pace over the next few months,” Lemonis says.

In addition to the 69 chosen locations, Gander Outdoors is also looking at more locations for expansion and expects to announce additional locations and markets in the near future, the release says.