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 .

HUD Considers Releasing RV Industry From Oversight

Thu Feb 8, 2018

151638138871334.pngThe Department of Housing and Urban Development is seeking comment on a move that might release the RV Industry from its oversight, according to information from the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association.

“As part of the administration’s efforts to combat outmoded, ineffective and excessively burdensome regulations, HUD will be reviewing its existing and planned manufactured housing regulatory actions,” RVIA reports. “Of note, HUD is specifically seeking comments on its proposed rule to exempt RVs from Manufactured Home Construction Safety Standards and Procedural and Enforcement Regulations.”

This proposed rule, originally posted in February of last year, would, among other things, revise the definition of “recreational vehicle” to effectively remove all RVs, including park model RVs, from HUD regulatory authority, according to RVIA.

RVIA is filing comments reemphasizing continued support for modernizing and redefining the RV exemption from manufactured housing standards; in addition to encouraging clarification that HUD’s Office of Manufactured Housing has no authority over the use of RVs, and encouraging general reference to the NFPA and ANSI standards, rather than tying the rule to specific editions.

“Hopefully, HUD’s specific request for comments on the RV proposed rule indicates the agency’s willingness to move forward with this rule,” states RVIA.

RVIA members who would like to submit individual comments can do so on the Federal Register by CLICKING HERE. Comments close on February 26, 2018.

For further information, contact Mike Ochs, at mochs@rvia.org, or Samantha Rocci at srocci@rvia.org.