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 Jan 10, 2018
California’s RV industry isn’t likely to watch its state legislature ban the sale of new cars and trucks powered by fossil fuels sitting down, said Terry McHale, executive director of the California Recreational Vehicle Dealer’s Association.
“I think there’s a real concern they would set such an to arbitrary deadline (of 2040),” McHale says. “We’ve been dealing with zero emission vehicles for more than 25 years, and they represent, after all this time, about 3 percent (of the vehicles on California roads).”
Introduced at the California State Legislature last week by Assembly member Phil Ting, D-
San Francisco, new passenger vehicles sold in the state would have to be zero-emission vehicles, such as battery-electric or hydrogen fuel cell cars, beginning in 2040. While many detractors wonder if that can come to pass even with smaller vehicles, it would seem even less likely that motor coaches or even pickups that pull 5th wheelers would meet that restriction in 12 years.
California sells more cars than any other state, and many nations, and its RV industry is comparatively significant. The state sees a total economic benefit of $4.7 billion annually from the RV industry, according to information from the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, which is second only to Indiana, with a total economic benefit of $9.5 billion. Direct economic output in California is $2.2 billion, with 13,319 direct jobs, $745 million in direct wages, and $607 million in taxes paid.
“I believe Ting to be an extraordinarily good legislator and good person, but I also believe this to be a problem,” McHale says. “While all of us are more environmentally concerned today, electric vehicles are very expensive and not proven to be terribly effective.
“This could be terribly onerous, and it’s a burden that may or may not possibly be met.”
McHale noted that the RV industry is growing by leaps and bounds, and that has included California. More young people are looking to enjoy the camping lifestyle, he says, and denying them that privilege does not seem fair.
“They want to get out there and have a destination outdoor vacation where they can pick the location and the timing of their visit,” he says. “This is an important industry and one that needs to be respected.”