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 .

Deadline for Early Bird Registration for RVSEF Safety Conference Nears

Tue May 15, 2018
Author: RV News Staff

The 2018 RVSEF--RV Safety and Education Foundation--Technical Education & Safety Conference is set for Sept. 27 through Oct. 1 at the Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

The early bird conference fee of $199 per person is available through May 31, 2018. Regular registration is $249 per person. The annual event is being held at the Pritchard Community Center, 404 S. Mulberry St., Elizabethtown, KY 42701. Space is limited.

Registration fee includes:
-- Access to all general conference classes.
-- Conference notebook.
-- Availability of instructors during conference for questions.
-- Dry-camping for the first 25 who reserve spots.
-- Daily lunches.
-- Dinner at Skaggs RV one evening.

Additional services
-- RV wheel position weighing is an additional $60 per RV.
-- Hands-on driving (3 hours of actual driving instruction) is an additional $300 per person.
-- Limited coaches provided by local dealer.
-- Call for availability (321) 453-7673.

Go HERE to download a registration form.

Gary Bunzer writes an article about the organization, saying, "not often does an entity come along that positively impacts all segments of a given industry equally. It’s a breath of fresh air when it does happen, for sure."

RVSEF, headquartered in Merritt Island, Florida, is not only the RVing public’s best friend, many coach builders in the RV Industry have benefited from its services and dedication over the years too, Bunzer says. Compared to yesteryear’s menu of recreation vehicle offerings, today’s coaches are much safer thanks to the efforts of RVSEF and its predecessor, A ‘Weigh We Go'.

The brainchild of John Anderson, A ‘Weigh We Go' first appeared in 1993 when John discovered that many RVs leaving the factory were decidedly overweight; many even before the owner loaded that first can of soup, Bunzer says.

"It’s not easy to make friends by pointing out a deficiency in vehicles produced by veteran manufacturers, but with product and personal safety at risk, John pushed on and began weighing RVs of all types in order to record and analyze the extent of the issue."

Weighing is still one of the main tenets of RVSEF as the organization's leaders still gather data at RV shows, conventions and rallies throughout the U.S.

The end result of Anderson's efforts is that every RV must now be equipped with a safety and weight label stating just how much cargo can be carried along with other pertinent information.

RVSEF is now a 501(c), non-profit corporation and works closely with RVIA and RVDA in coordinating safety programs.