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 .

Gander Outdoors Rockford Grand Opening Kicks Off July 14

Wed Jul 11, 2018
Author: RV News Staff

Gander Outdoors, formerly known as Gander Mountain, is now open in Rockford, Illinois. A grand opening event is planned for Saturday, July 14, 2018, at 3068 McFarland Road, the Riverside Blvd exit off Interstate 39 / 90.

The 31,000 square foot location is one of three facilities in the state, however, RVs will not be sold at the new location.

Marcus Lemonis bought Gander Mountain assets in bankruptcy court in May 2017 and is beginning to reopen many of the chain's stores. Gander Outdoors is owned by Camping World Holdings, which announced recently it would add RV sales to many of its Gander properties.

Nearby locations owned by Camping World Holdings that sell RVs and provide parts, accessories and sales include Gander RV Sales in Kenosha, Wisconsin, about 80 miles east of Rockford, Chicago Camping World, 60 miles west, and Madison Camping World, 80 miles to the north in Wisconsin.

The Kenosha location, which opened June 12, 2018, was the first Gander property to carry RV sales.

“We’ve received such positive feedback from all the communities across the country in which we opened our new Gander Outdoors locations,” Lemonis says. “We are so thankful for the customers shopping with us for their outdoor and sporting needs and we are excited to continue expanding our outdoor industry footprint, while supporting economic growth in all these communities.”

The grand opening will kick off at 9 a.m. with free pastries and coffee; hot dogs and chips provided by a local community group will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Family fun includes opportunities for children to paint a lure 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and build a duck call from 1 to 3 p.m.

The event also includes store-wide savings on several products; drawings for giveaways will be held throughout the day.

Experts on fishing, hunting, boating and more will be available to assist customers with questions and purchases.