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 .

Utility Supply Group Recognized as Supplier of the Year

Tue May 15, 2018
Author: RV News Staff

152639890934614.jpgUtility Supply Group has received the 2018 Supplier of the Year Award from the Texas Association of Campground Owners. The award was presented during TACO’s Spring Meeting and Tradeshow at the Lake Conroe / Houston North KOA campground in Montgomery, Texas, on April 23.

"We are very honored to receive this recognition,” says Wade Elliott, president and founder of Kingston, Washington-based Utility Supply Group (USG), the campground industry’s largest supplier of utility pedestals and other specialty electronic products.

Elliott and his associates, Paul Croteau, Heidi Doyle and Julianne Long attend about 20 RV and mobile park industry shows each year and frequently offer educational seminars.

Elliott also volunteers his time and expertise as the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds’ representative on the National Electric Code Panel, which sets electrical code requirements for campgrounds and RV parks as well as homes and businesses across the country.

In addition, Elliott serves on the advisory board of the Factory Assembled Structures Advisory Board of the state of Washington and is chairman of KOA Care Camps, the non-profit foundation that sends children with cancer and their families to camps that specialize in oncology treatment.

Elliott was initially trained as an electrician while serving in the Navy and supervised the operation of a nuclear power plant on a submarine equipped with Trident nuclear missiles.

He established USG in 2002 after leaving the military and has progressively grown his company over the past 16 years.

USG achieved its highest April sales figures on record last year, but this year’s April figures were a close second and are being fueled in part by the construction of new campgrounds, especially in Arizona, Nevada, Florida and Texas, Elliott said.

Elliott says many campgrounds remain “woefully underpowered” and need to update their electrical equipment, particularly those that are not members of state or national campground industry associations or major franchise chains. Most of those parks that are underpowered haven’t kept up with the growing "electrification" of modern RVs, he says.

The Texas Association of Campground Owners represents the legislative interests of private park operators throughout the Lone Star State in addition to marketing Texas campgrounds, RV parks and resorts to consumers.