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 .

RVTI Picks Training Facility Site

Thu May 9, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

155741555299115.pngRVTI has selected an 18,000-square-foot facility in Elkhart, Ind., for its new training facility.

The building, located at 3333 Middlebury St., sits on 3.34 acres. The new site also offers a lot of potential to expand the facility in the future to accommodate the program’s anticipated growth.

“The facility was chosen based on several factors,” says RV Technical Institute Executive Director Curt Hemmeler. “The building is centrally located in Elkhart, is move-in ready allowing us to occupy the space immediately, already contains many of the elements we need and the space is set up as a technical school including shop space which will be an essential portion of the institute’s new program.”

There are currently seven classrooms in the facility, 10,000 square feet of shop/bay space with 17-foot ceilings to accommodate two to three RVs - enough space for learning, depending on RV type, as well as space for component trainings. The ample classroom space will allow the trainers to hold both individual training sessions like the Technicians in Training (TnT) classes and group trainings similar to the trouble shooter clinics that were hosted in the U.S. several years ago.

Minor renovations will begin on the facility early this summer, including exterior landscaping, signage and branding, paint and carpet modifications, IT configurations, security systems and access controls and renovations to separate the student space from the administrative offices for staff.

“We are looking forward to moving into the new facility and taking the next steps to move the program forward and get students in to begin training,” Hemmeler says. We are expecting the RV Technical Institute’s grand opening in fall 2019.”