The RV Industry Association federal affairs team is working to promote and protect the RV industry. During visits to Capitol Hill and public land offices this legislative session, they stressed the critical need to address our nation’s outdated Eisenhower-era federal campground infrastructure, crumbling roads and bridges, deferred maintenance needs and limited camping availability within our iconic public lands.
At a time when the RV industry has grown to record levels, inventory and maintenance needs have not kept up with the demand from the RV camping industry. Consequently, RV overnight stays at National Park Service (NPS) campgrounds have declined from 4.5 million in the 1980s to 2.5 million in 2018.
National parks are significant revenue generators for local communities – many in rural areas. In 2017, park visitors spent more than $18 billion in towns and cities near park sites, supporting more than 306,000 jobs and providing a total boost of $35 billion to the U.S. economy. It is more important now than ever to invest in America’s booming $734 billion outdoor recreation economy that accounts for 2.2% of the U.S. GDP.
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Source: RVIA News and Insights