RESTON, VA (July 13, 2016) — RVs Move America, the first-ever economic impact study of the RV market, revealed the RV industry contributed $49.7 billion to the U.S. economy in 2015 and provided 289,852 full-time jobs to American workers.
“The study demonstrates that the RV industry is a dynamic part of the U.S. economy,” said Frank Hugelmeyer, president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), which commissioned the study. “American workers involved in our industry earned more than $15.8 billion in wages and benefits, and, along with the firms that employed them, paid $5.7 billion in federal, state and local business taxes.”
The RVs Move America report includes all companies involved in the manufacture, sale, rental, repair, storage, and service of RVs, as well as the aftermarket industry and the financing and insurance of RV purchases and the economic impact of recreation vehicle travel.
According to the study, there are 16,750 RV-accessible campgrounds in the U.S. and the industry’s impact on tourism is significant, with 72,494 total jobs and $2.5 billion in related economic output. It’s estimated that 22 million Americans are planning RV trips this summer, many heading to the country’s national parks to participate in the Centennial celebration of the National Park Service.
Increased interest in RVs has spurred the need for an expanded workforce across a number of sectors. The study estimates there are 228 RV manufacturing facilities in the U.S. that in 2015 directly employed nearly 31,000 workers. According to Derald Bontrager, president & CEO of Jayco Inc. and chairman of the RVIA board, that number will continue to grow in 2016 and 2017 with every RV manufacturer currently hiring and adding production space to keep pace with accelerating demand.
In addition, the study estimates:
- RV dealers employed approximated 29,785 workers in the United States.
- Manufacturers of components used to assemble RVs, ranging from nuts and bolts to refrigerators and wood flooring, last year employed 13,108 workers.
- The industry is responsible for creating 60,562 jobs with firms related to the RV industry. These “indirect” firms provide a range of goods and services, including equipment, raw materials, personnel, financial, advertising, consulting, government, or transportation services. These firms generated about $10.5 billion in economic activity.
In addition to data at the national level, the information can also be broken down further to state and congressional district levels by visiting RVsMoveAmerica.org.