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 .

Lazydays Helps Disadvantaged Youth with 'Keys to Success' (VIDEO)

Thu Aug 30, 2018
Author: RV News Staff

Staff from Lazydays Employee Foundation and Wheels of Success as well as members from the press gathered for a special car presentation to Chelsey, an 18-year-old college student and former foster care youth.

Wheels of Success provides personal transportation solutions by partnering with the community to help foster the success of local youth. Thanks to a car donation from a local resident along with funding for the repairs through a grant from the Lazydays Employee Foundation, a vehicle was available to be matched with one of the many applicants who need transportation in order to keep working and sustain their independence.

It's no secret that car insurance for first-time teenage driver is expensive. Fortunately, the Lazydays Employee Foundation also covered a portion of Chelsey’s auto insurance making this all possible.

The presentation took place at Lazydays RV in Seffner, Florida. Accompanying Chelsey to the presentation was her guardian ad litem, who has been instrumental in helping her to navigate the process of becoming a first-time car owner as well as a full-time college student.

Chelsey is enrolled at St. Petersburg College and like most 18-year-old freshman, she is contemplating her future and what she wants to major in.

Chelsey has endured many hardships despite her young age. Her father died when she was 15 and her mother became homeless. Shortly after, Chelsey found herself in the foster care system. But rather than feel sorry for herself, she focused on her studies and successfully obtained her GED. She also landed a part-time job and excelled at her position as a server.

Chelsey maintains a positive outlook and continues to do whatever is necessary to achieve her goals of independence and self-sufficiency. As the cover was removed from her “new to her” 1998 Lexus ES 300, which is in great condition and has very low mileage, Chelsey was bubbling with excitement. Onlookers shared her joy as the “keys to success” were handed to Chelsey and she carefully checked out her new car for her first time.

"Wheels of Success maintains monthly contact with all of their participants and we look forward to following Chelsey through her journey as well as providing regular updates on her milestones and achievements," program leaders said.

Wheels of Success accepts vehicle donations in any condition--running or not--and provides free towing through their partnership with AAA Auto Group. Those who donate receive the greatest tax advantage because Wheels for Success tries not sell the car at auction but rather present it to a family fair market value can be deducted.