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 .

General RV Opens Third Florida Store

Thu Mar 21, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

155317569973280.pngGeneral RV celebrated the grand opening of its Ocala, Fla., Supercenter on Wednesday. General RV President Loren Baidas (left, holding scissors) and CEO Rob Baidas (right, holding scissors) conducted the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Guests included RV manufacturer representatives, RV industry members and local government officials. Area residents and prospective customers also stopped in to tour the Supercenter, view new RVs on display, and enjoy the catered lunch.

In brief remarks, Loren Baidas thanked the Ocala Chamber and Economic Partnership for their support, as well as several other local partners that helped as the dealership was being built over the past several months.

“We are very excited about having General RV join our growing community,” Joe Reichel, director of business advocacy for the Ocala Chamber and Economic Partnership, says. “In the business world, a ‘family owned’ business is something special. It makes the difference.”

Abe Baidas founded General RV in 1962. Following a family trip out west, he converted a gas station into an RV sales and manufacturing facility. Now in its third generation of family ownership, and with 13 Supercenters nationwide, General RV says it is the nation’s largest family-owned RV dealer.

The Ocala Supercenter, located just off Interstate 75, is the company’s third Florida location.
It offers more than 500 RVs for sale, 38 service bays, and a painting facility. It also features a large retail store with a wide selection of RV parts and accessories.