2019 RVIA Economic Impact Study

RVs Move America infographic

RVs Move America Economic Impact Study was released June 3, 2019 at the RVIA annual meeting.

It revealed the RV industry has an overall economic impact on the US economy of $114 billion, supports nearly 600,000 jobs, with more than $32 billion in wages, and pays more than $12 billion in federal, state, and local taxes.

The announcement was made by Garry Enyart, RVIA chairman, and Onan/Cummins Director of Mobile Generator Sales & Coach Care.

For more information on the $114 billion total economic impact and what it includes, click 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.”