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 .
Wed Jun 13, 2018
Author: RV News Staff
Hundreds of families are pointing their RVs toward Gillette, Wyoming, to take part in an event that FMCA—an international association for RV owners—has dubbed “Wanted In Wyoming” in honor of the host area. CAM-PLEX Multi-Event Facilities will be the venue for FMCA’s 98th International Convention & RV Expo, July 18 through 21, 2018.
FMCA first held an international convention at CAM-PLEX in June 2013, when attendees in 2,283 RVs gathered at the facility to enjoy a broad range of activities. The Cincinnati, Ohio-based RV owners group celebrated its 50th anniversary during that get-together.
Now, owners of nearly 2,000 RVs will take part in the July 2018 event, and it’s not just for FMCA members. All RV owners are invited to join the fun.
“We are excited to be heading to Gillette for our ‘Wanted In Wyoming’ convention,” says FMCA national president Jon Walker. “We had a great time in Gillette and at CAM-PLEX during our last get-together there, and no doubt we will again. CAM-PLEX is a wonderful facility for an RV-related event. And we’d like to invite any RV owner to come check things out—whether they bring their RV and stay on site with us or just come for a day or two. This also will be a great opportunity for anyone who’s been considering the purchase of an RV or is just curious about today’s RVs.”
One key element of an FMCA international convention is the RV Expo. Major RV manufacturers and dealers come together to present a fantastic shopping opportunity for those looking to purchase their first RV or their next. RVs in a variety of types, sizes, and price ranges will be on display. Plus, hundreds of companies will set up booths with RV components and accessories, home products, and RV-related services.
RV Expo hours are 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, July 19, 20 and 21.
When they aren’t shopping, attendees can take part in seminars about topics ranging from RV driving/towing and RV maintenance to microwave-convection cooking and technology for travelers. Approximately 100 different sessions will be held, so plenty of educational opportunities will present themselves.
Multiple options are available for attending FMCA conventions. RV owners are invited to bring their vehicle and stay on-site to enjoy all of the activities. Those who don’t yet own an RV are welcome to come for the day and just explore the RV Expo, or purchase a “passport” that allows them to take part in all activities (with no RV parking).
Those looking to learn more about the RV lifestyle are invited to attend FMCA’s 2.5-day RV Basics course, which also will be held at CAM-PLEX starting July 15. Attendees can learn from RV experts in a classroom setting.
For more information about RV Basics or to register for "Wanted in Wyoming," visit FMCA.com or call the FMCA national office at (800) 543-3622.
FMCA is an international organization for families who own and enjoy the use of self-contained recreation vehicles. The association maintains its national headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently has more than 75,000 active member families. FMCA offers its members a number of benefits, including a subscription to its monthly magazine, Family RVing; a medical emergency and travel assistance program valued at $105 per family; group rates on a roadside assistance program and on RV and auto insurance; discounted rates for RV tours and caravans; a tire purchasing program; and discounts on mobile internet access plans from Verizon and Sprint. Perhaps the most important benefit of FMCA membership is the camaraderie and friendships that develop among people enjoying the common interest of RV travel.