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 .
Mon Feb 19, 2018
The inclement winter weather might have kept crowd levels down at the 52nd Annual Detroit Camper & RV Show, put on by the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC), but those who did brave the snowy conditions in Novi, Michigan, came ready to make a deal.
“Despite inclement weather the show was a great success. Even though attendance was down from the previous year, dealers reported great sales and exhibitors were pleased with the number of attendees who were eager to learn more about camping options for the upcoming season,” says Darren Ing, MARVAC show director, in a press release from the association.
“The people who attended the show this year weren’t just beginning to explore the RV lifestyle, they were ready to go,” says Tim O’Brien, owner of Circle K RVs in Lapeer, Michigan, and the former chairman of the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association. “We had some immediate sales, as well as quite a few excellent leads that we are following up with.”
“It was one of the better shows we’ve had in years,” O’Brien says.
Vicky Rokas, of Vicars Trailer Sales in Taylor, Michigan, and her sales team were “very busy” during the show and broke their sales record from last year. Vicars Trailer Sales specializes in pop-up campers and vintage-style towable trailers. “We’ll be back next year for sure,” she says.
While the annual camper and RV show didn’t exceed attendance records, as was the case in the last two years, it did set a MARVAC record—more than 300 RV vehicles were on display at show at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Thirty campgrounds from across Michigan had representatives at the show, with many taking reservations for summer.
The 52nd Annual Camper & RV Show also hosted multiple seminars related to RVing presented by top professionals from MORryde, PullRite, KING and others. Fans of Under the Radar Michigan were treated to three sessions on Saturday afternoon with host Tom Daldin and cameraman Jim Edelman discussing how the popular PBS show got its start and how much they enjoyed their first RV trip last summer.
MARVAC also sponsors shows in Battle Creek, Flint, Port Huron and Traverse City. For information on upcoming shows, visit www.marvac.org.