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 .

Washington Post: Tariff Decision Delayed by Political Blowback

Thu Mar 1, 2018

151992480193797.pngPresident Donald Trump has decided against announcing his decision on tariffs on steel and aluminum imports today after 18 hours of frenetic push-back from inside the White House and on Capitol Hill, two people briefed on the decision told the Washington Post.

“Trump was scheduled to meet with steel and aluminum chief executives on Thursday and had planned to make an announcement about imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, a decision that could impact U.S. manufacturing and global trade,” the newspaper says. “The decision to go ahead with the process was made among a tight-knit group of top White House advisers and many others were kept in the dark into the evening Wednesday. But the precise nature and design of these tariffs proved too difficult to piece together by an announcement on Thursday and the announcement has been postponed, though not cancelled.”

The effect on the RV industry is somewhat in question, especially lacking details about the depth of the tariffs. However, the issue is being closely followed by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Indiana, also has told Trump that tariffs for imported steel and aluminum will run flat with RV manufacturers in her state.

The LA Times reported today that the announcement was probably going forward. “Trump hinted at a decision Thursday morning, before deciding against moving forward Thursday morning,” the Post says.