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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 .

Reston, Va.—The RV Industry Association (RVIA) will honor Derald Bontrager of Jayco Inc. and Brian Wilkins of Wilkins RV with the organization’s top awards during a special RV Industry Awards event, taking place during the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Mercury Ballroom in downtown Louisville, a couple of blocks from Fourth Street Live.. 

Bontrager will receive RVIA’s Distinguished Service to the RV Industry Award. This is the association’s highest honor, presented to an individual within the RV industry who has set himself or herself apart by outstanding service. 

As one of the most successful and respected executives in the RV industry, Bontrager is being recognized for his extensive service to RVIA and for his tremendous success at the helm of Jayco, according to a press release.  To read more of this story, click here.

RESTON, Va.—RVIA has announced the first annual “40 Under 40” Award winners. These 40 individuals, who were nominated by their peers and selected by members of the RVIA Trade Show and Events Committee, represent current and future leaders in the RV Industry who are under 40 years of age. 

The first annual 40 Under 40 Award Winners are: 

To read more of this story, click here.
With so many fifth wheel hitches on the market, Reese wanted to create a fifth wheel hitch that would be instantly recognizable as a Reese product and would stand out to consumers.

Over the last several years, the engineering team at Reese had studied the market and worked to find the best design and the best quality of hitch to attempt to be better than any other similar product. It recently unveiled the product as the M5 Fifth Wheel Hitch.

“We did a complete exploration of the design and the aesthetics of the product,” says Russell Brzezinski, the senior director of product management and strategic growth for Reese. “I equate it to brand identity. Yes, it’s a fifth wheel hitch, but I wanted it to have an iconic look like the golden arches or the Coke bottle. You can take the label off, but you still know it’s McDonald’s or Coke.  To read more of this story, click here.

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