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 Mar 5, 2018
The New England RV Dealers Association is encouraging members to highlight RV Professional Certification Week, March 11-17, by featuring their certified technicians during the event organized by the Society of Certified RV Professionals and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center.
“If you plan a special event next week let me know, and we will be happy to promote it for you on our Facebook page and our Wednesday evening ‘RVing in New England’ Facebook television show,” says NERVDA Executive Director Bob Zagami in a message to members this week. “Let's elevate the importance of technician recognition and training in 2018.”
Fixed‐ops professionals can earn certification as parts managers, parts specialists, service writers/advisors, service managers and warranty administrators through the Mike Molino RV Learning Center, which offers testing, certification and recertification.
“As part of RV Professional Certification Week, we hope you take time to recognize the certified technicians in some way at your dealership,” Zagami says. “These men and women are the key to providing a wonderful RVing experience for our customers. This is also a good time to look at your own internal training programs and external training programs, such as our NERVDA events, PRVCA (Pennsylvania Recreational Vehicle and Camping Association) learning programs, the FRVTA (Florida RV Trade Association) online education programs, manufacturer-specific training and supplier/distributor training programs.”
Zagami notes that during the 25th anniversary of RVIA technician training programs there are only 2,700 certified RV technicians and 500 fixed op professionals nationally.
"Depending on whose numbers you use, we have approximately 1,500 RV dealerships in the country,” he says. “That works out to only one or two certified technicians per dealership. As an industry, we have to do better. And we will.”