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 .

Thor and KOA Partner on Beautification Initiative

Thu May 9, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

155740801395256.pngThor Industries Inc. and Kampgrounds of America (KOA) have launched the “Pick Up America” campaign, a multi-year effort. The program's first initiative is to remove a minimum of five tons of trash from public lands in the coming months.

Thor and KOA will encourage summer travelers to pick up garbage along the way as they visit campgrounds. To keep track of progress, participants can go to PickUpAmerica.com and pledge how many garbage bags of trash they will fill and dispose of, post their efforts on social media and engage with others who are participating in the program.

Throughout the month of May, participating KOA campgrounds will help to kick off the program. Specially-branded bags can be picked up, filled and returned to participating KOA locations across the country.

"While people are enjoying our country's parks and national landmarks, we wanted to inspire them to help keep these places beautiful for current and future campers," says Thor Industries President and CEO Bob Martin. "KOA shares our vision of protecting outdoor recreation and we know our combined forces on this project will motivate consumers to make real change to improve our environment."

The companies encourage participants to post about their pick-up efforts on social media using #PickUpAmerica and tagging @THORIndustries and @KampgroundsofAmerica.

"We are thrilled to be a part of this wonderful effort," says KOA President and CEO Toby O'Rourke. "The premise is so simple yet we know it will be incredibly effective at getting people outside and involved in the care of our public lands."

The partnership between Thor and KOA will extend beyond 2019, as additional challenges will be announced after the five-ton goal is reached. In an effort to expand this initiative, Thor will evaluate the potential for partnerships with other outdoor leaders who share the same values and vision.

For more information on the Pick Up America program, visit: www.pickupamerica.com.