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 .

RVIA Names Top Tech Challenge Finalists

Tue Feb 12, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

154998692246488.pngRVIA named six finalists for the 2019 RV Technical Institute Top Tech Challenge. The event, on Wednesday, March 13, at 4 p.m., at RVX: The RV Experience, will pit six RV service technicians against each other in a winner-take-all competition. Techs will be competing for a $10,000 cash prize and the title of Top Tech Champion.

“The Top Tech Challenge is our industry’s way of promoting and rewarding skilled labor technicians in the market,” RV Technical Institute Executive Director Curt Hemmeler says. “These are unsung heroes and we applaud their efforts to keep millions of Americans on the road and enjoying the RV lifestyle.”

The finalists are currently employed as an RV Certified Technician and have a minimum of five years experience. Submissions were scored based on each technician’s completed application, years of experience, most recent RVDA/RVIA Certified Technician Exam score and certification expiration date.

The 2019 Top Tech Challenge finalists are:

- Aaron Bashore, shop foreman/lead tech at Tom Schaeffer’s Camping and Travel Center in Shoemakersville, Pa.
- Brandon Galbreath, service tech at D&N RV Service in Guntersville, Ala. He was the 2017 Top Tech Champion.
- Thomas Gordon, shop foreman/lead tech at Ocala Camping World in Ocala, Fla.
- John Larson, owner and operator at Nevada Mobile RV Service in Minden, Nev.
- Chris Page, service tech at Affinity RV in Prescott, Ariz.
- Bradley Wingfield, shop foreman at McClain’s RV Superstore in Corinth, Texas.