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 .
Tue May 15, 2018
Author: Jessica Machetta
A bill before the Pennsylvania legislature seeks to clean up existing law and prevent unintentional mistakes that could affect the auto industry. For now, the RV industry must collaborate at length with the auto industry when it wants to change laws pertaining to RVs. To avoid unintentional changes to the automobiles section of the current law, both industries burn time and money to first clear things up.
“Right now, the recreational vehicles laws are embedded in the Board of Vehicles Act,” says Republican Sen. John Gordner, who represents the Bloomsburg area in east central Pennsylvania. “The Board of Vehicles Act largely deals with automobile dealers and dealerships, and a long time ago, recreational vehicles laws were put in this section.
"The challenge has been that automobile dealers have relationships with one manufacturer, so a General Motors dealer deals just with General Motors. On the other hand, RV dealers can work with many manufacturers.”
Senate Bill 764 removes all RV language and puts it all into a new act. “The bill itself is over a hundred pages, because (RVs) are in a lot of different places (in the current law),” Gordner says. “This will allow any future changes that need to be made, they can be done very easily and laser-like without causing any problems for the auto industry. It’s a consolidation of all RV provisions and chapters into their own act.”
For additional clarity, the bill also makes minor changes to definitions for travel trailers, fifth wheel trailers, truck campers, etc.
Gordner says his reason for wanting to codify existing law and helping the RV industry is two-fold.
“I’ve been involved with RV legislation in the past,” he says, “and in Pennsylvania, especially in Hershey, we’re proud to host the largest RV show on the East Coast. So we certainly appreciate not only the RV industry, but RV enthusiasts who come by the tens of thousands to Hershey in September.”
Gordner has also seen first-hand how the RV lifestyle can be a positive experience for Pennsylvania residents.
“My parents, boy, I guess starting in about 1975, for 25 to 30 years, were very avid campers,” he says. “They never had a big drive alone RV, but they had several different campers they would pull with their truck. They had a regular spot in the summer, but also, along with another couple, would take off and visit different places around the country. They very much enjoyed their camper to see the country and visit state parks.”
Gordner says there are several RV dealerships in his senatorial district and wants to support these dealerships.
The bill passed the Senate on a 50-0 vote in December and is now before the House Professional Licensure Committee, where it's expected to be voted out and go to the full House in the next few weeks.
“We’re certainly hopeful that by July first, it will have passed the House as well, and be on the desk of Gov. Wolf,” he says.