The Big RV Picture
Even pre-pandemic, the RV industry was experiencing consistent growth. In the eight years leading up to 2017, sales expanded each year. What’s more, according to a 2022 economic study from the RV Industry Association, the recreational vehicle industry has hit a staggering $140 billion total economic impact in the U.S. annually, from RV sales to industry jobs to campgrounds and travel.
While many industries slowed or stagnant growth, the RV industry was the opposite. According to the Fall 2022 RV Industry Association Report, shipments are expected to reach 498,800 units by year-end 2022 and 419,000 units in 2023.
Here’s a closer look at some of the little-known, colorful, or otherwise intriguing facts about the RV industry, culled from industry reports, association websites, and statistics research. Curious to learn some RV lingo before you hit the road? Be sure to read Boondocking and Other RV Terms You Need to Know.
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