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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 .

44th Annual Valley RV & Camping Show Opens at Century Center today

Thu Jan 11, 2018

151571339395107.pngThe 44th annual Valley RV & Camping show will fill the Century Center in South Bend, Indiana new 2018 model RVs at the best prices of the year from today to Sunday, according to a news release from the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council. The IMHA-RVIC hosts show, the first opportunity for most people to see newest recreational vehicles – campers equipped with everything from indoor fireplaces to outdoor kitchens – and to make a deal at the best time of year.

“This show is a great place for buyers to compare features, floorplans and RV types from a wide variety of manufacturers,” says Matt Rose, the show promotor and director of recreation vehicles at IMHA-RVIC. “With so many dealers all in one place it’s also a great place for buyers to negotiate their best price. Many of these RVs are priced at 20 to 25 percent below MSRP.”

As in previous years, the show features a variety of recreation vehicles, including motorhomes, fifth-wheels, toy haulers and travel trailers. But this year consumers will notice the variety of lighter, less expensive towable RV’s.

“RV manufacturers have concentrated on using lighter weight, less expensive and recycled materials in the last year,” Rose says. “This translates into a vehicle that is more durable and costs less to purchase and tow than previous models.”

Of course, there is a variety of RVs to meet every taste and budget. “We also have RVs weighing more than 20,000 pounds and costing upwards of $250,000,” said Rose, “but we also have light weight RVs that cost less than $100 per month.”

Booth vendors are also on hand offering RV accessories, camping information and more. RV manufacturer’s representatives will be on hand throughout the show and banks are offering special financing packages.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.RVShows.org for more information.

Tickets are $8 for adults and kids 15 and younger free.