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 .

Gidget Goes Bottom Up, Leaving 80 Customers in the Lurch

Mon Jan 29, 2018

151725601748847.pngAbout 80 Australian and American camping customers appear to be left in the lurch, as last week the Brisbane Australian company Gidget Retro Teardrop Campers went into voluntary administration, which is roughly equivalent to bankruptcy here in the United States.

According to a story on ABC News Australia, the company owes $3.5 million to investors and customers around the world, including about $1.5 million in unreturned deposits for the camping trailers, touted as lightweight, environmentally friendly and self-sufficient. “But the company, run by directors Glenn Wills and Christine Bree, went into voluntary administration last week—leaving customers, investors and workers in the lurch,” the ABC article states.

The campers were made to order, and ABC says about a dozen U.S. consumers were among those affected. One of the company’s directors will face court on 11 charges of accepting payment and failure to supply, the news agency states.

A notice on the website of the American sales website, www.gidgetusa.com, states:

“We are devastated to report that we have received official notice that Gidget Retro Teardrop Campers Pty Ltd (Australia) is under Voluntary Administration. We are a separate company that handles imports and sales for North America and do not have any involvement in production. Therefore until we receive further notice all operations have been suspended. We will not be responding to phone calls or emails as we do not have any further information to share. We will update this notice as we learn more. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time.”