Record-setting interest in RVing and activity over the last few years has definitely been exciting. We love that more and more people are discovering how wonderful the lifestyle is! There’s been quite a bit of big news in the RV world lately. As a fun-loving camper, you may not hear much about some of it, but we wanted to give you a glimpse into some of the industry buzz, exciting research and lawmaking activities that have been happening—and the positive impacts they’ll have on the RV experience.
Camping’s Staggering Impact on America’s Economy Revealed
The Bureau of Economic Analysis recently looked into the economic impact you and your fellow outdoor enthusiasts have on the economy for the first time. It found that outdoor recreation employs 4.5 million people and accounts for a whopping $734 billion in annual gross economic output. The RV industry alone contributes $50 billion. You can see more of the numbers here.
Women Making Waves in the RV Industry
Women hold key roles in the RV industry and their influence is increasing. There was no better evidence of this than at the first-ever meeting of the RV Women’s Alliance held at the RVX show in March with more than 200 in attendance.
Their stated mission is to bring together a diverse group of extraordinary women and men from across the RV industry who, through social and educational programs, mentorship and networking opportunities, are inspired and empowered to realize their individual potential, enhance their career experiences and create opportunities for the next generation of women leaders.
RV Technical Institute Details Goals for Serving RVers
The RVTI is a relatively new organization dedicated to studying and continuous improvement efforts in the area of RV service. In an effort to better serve RVers and help them spend more time on the road, they are working on establishing a nationally standardized and centrally managed service training curriculum. They’ll work with Jayco dealers and others towards the goals of growing the technician workforce and reducing repair event cycle time (RECT) by 25% by 2022. In addition to regional training facilities for RV technicians, RVTI announced plans to for new headquarters and training space in Elkhart, Ind., right up the road from us here in Middlebury.
Jayco Recognized by State of Indiana for Longevity
Last year we celebrated 50 years of Jayco. Earlier this year we were recognized by our home state of Indiana for our long-standing success and contributions to the community at the Statehouse.
At the event, Governor Eric Holcomb said, “Today we honor businesses that have helped lay a foundation for economic success in Indiana, maintaining operations for more than 50 to 100 years and creating long-term career opportunities for Hoosiers. Through a strong dedication to their employees, their businesses and their communities, these companies exemplify the pioneering spirit and perseverance that will push our state forward for years to come.”
New Law a Win for Outdoor Lovers Everywhere
The John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act was signed into law in March. It expanded several national parks, designated more than 1.3 million acres of wilderness area and established four new national monuments. There are too many new protected areas and monuments to list, but you can explore them all for yourself here.
The RV Hall of Fame is near and dear to our heart here at Jayco—several members of the Jayco family have been honored with induction. It’s also a really cool place to visit, with some of the most beautiful and inventive RVs of yore on display, including one of the first Jayco RVs ever, Lloyd Bontrager’s famous pop-up camper. In April, the RV HOF broke ground on a 22,000-square-foot expansion, with a pavilion, seating space, restrooms and a food staging area. If you’re ever in Northern Indiana, or visiting us here at Jayco, we recommend a visit. Learn more about the Hall of Fame here.