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 .

Iowa Tiny Camper Business Thriving Amid RV Sales Surge (VIDEO)

Wed Jul 11, 2018
Author: RV News Staff

A business in Anamosa, Iowa is thriving from the popularity of tiny homes, reports KWQC.

The owners of Front Range Gear Adventure Outfitters say there's a growing market for a portable, small footprint, and that a tiny camper can offer the features of a large RV on a much smaller scale.

Front Range's smallest campers can sleep two, have an air conditioner, a TV, a kitchen with a microwave, stove, and refrigerator. The bigger models also include a bathroom and a seating area. The smaller version has been the best seller.

"This has been our most popular unit for off-road travelers. It sits higher up than your traditional RV," says owner Trevor Martensen.

Martensen and his wife started selling small campers out of their garage four years ago. They then worked out of a renovated hog house for a few years before finding a location along U.S. 151, just outside Anamosa.

From rooftop tents to small campers, Martensen says customers find a lot of convenience in tiny camping.

"Our customers want to venture off-grid into remote areas," he says. "They want to get away from the busy, busy campgrounds and this allows them to do it. Our units can be powered by solar panels, which is perfect."

The smallest models start at $16,000 and don't require a truck to pull them.

As a hiker and camper himself, Martensen says he's excited to offer families a unique way to plan an adventure.