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 .
Wed Apr 10, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
RVIA’s Government Affairs Manager Nick Rudowich recently testified at the Oregon State Legislature in support of a state Senate bill which would eliminate the Department of Consumer and Business Services from regulating RVs.
This would align Oregon with a vast majority of states which do not regulate the manufacturing of RVs in any way. With this elimination, RVIA says there will be no further need to attach an additional and duplicative Oregon insignia of compliance or seal to an RV.
“Oregon is the only state where a state insignia of compliance or seal is needed to sell or resell a RV in the state,” Rudowich testified. “This process is a hinderance to the industry. RV Industry Association members already place an association seal on their vehicles after manufacturing. These seals represent that the vehicles have been certified to be built in accordance with the nationally recognized NFPA 1192 Standard for RVs and the ANSI A119.5 standard for PMRVs.”
RVIA says its state affairs team has been engaged with critical stakeholders in Oregon to ensure that this process is done correctly and treats the RV Industry fairly.
The changes that the bill would implement are common sense and help promote not only the national but in-state RV industry, which as of 2015 contributed 1 billion dollars in total direct economic output and supported almost 6,000 jobs in the state of Oregon.
The bill was not acted upon during the hearing but is expected to be voted on in the upcoming weeks.