2019 RVIA Economic Impact Study

The new RVs Move America Economic Impact Study, released June 3, 2019 at the annual meeting of RVIA, revealed the RV industry has an overall economic impact on the US economy of $114 billion, supporting nearly 600,000 jobs, contributing more than $32 billion in wages, and paying 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.

ARVC to Advocate for RV Industry in Washington, D.C.

Fri May 31, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

154263586979064.jpgThe National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) plans to send 11 industry leaders to Washington, D.C., for this year’s RVs Move America advocacy week.

Jeff Sims, ARVC spokesman for the association of nearly 3,000 campground and supplier members, says the annual event gives them a chance to speak on behalf of the RV industry at the national level.

“Our public affairs team works hard to stay ahead of proposed legislation at all levels,” Sims says. “That’s what we’re here for—we’re the watchdog so our members don’t have to worry about it.”

ARVC is working with RVIA during the event in which leaders meet with Congressional representatives and federal officials. The group plans to ask for improvements to roads and bridges that would make access to RV parks and campgrounds easier nationwide.

“We continue to be focused on legislation impacting our members at all levels, fighting hard to make sure government doesn’t encroach on our members’ ability to be successful,” Sims says.

ARVC President and CEO Paul Bambei is also scheduled to speak to the RV Caucus, a group of senators and representatives dedicated to the success of the RV industry.

“Every time we are face-to-face with any politician, we are focused on telling our value story,” Bambei says. “We want them to clearly know the value privately-owned RV parks and campgrounds bring to our nation’s economy.”

The 2019 delegates are:
Paul Bambei, ARVC President and CEO (Colorado)
David Basler, ARVC VP of Membership and Marketing (Colorado)
David L. Berg, Red Apple Campground Owner (Maine)
Heather Blankenship, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg Owner (Tennessee)
Jim Button, Evergreen Campsites and Resort Owner (Wisconsin)
Steve Cross, Cross Creek Camping Resort Owner (Ohio)
Wade Elliott, Utility Supply Group Owner (Washington)
Kim Huskey, Cherrystone Family Campground Vice President of Government Affairs (Virginia)
Al Johnson, OHE, Mt. Rushmore/Hill City KOA Owner (South Dakota)
Jeff Sims, ARVC Senior Director of State Relations and Program Advocacy (Missouri)
Eileen Vaughan, Mountain Vista Campground Owner (Pennsylvania)

If you are interested in joining ARVC’s delegation for advocacy week 2020, please contact Jeff Sims at jeff.sims@arvc.org or 303-681-0401 ext. 110.