[March 2017] RV Industry Association Chairman of the Board Bob Parish offered a positive outlook for the RV market and the industry’s largest trade association during his remarks at the organization’s Annual Membership Meeting at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, Fla. on March 2.

Citing the most recent forecast prepared by RV industry analyst Dr. Richard Curtin, Parish said that the RV market will see further gains in 2017, continuing to build on the robust growth seen in 2016. RV wholesale shipments are expected to rise by 3.55 percent to 445,700 units by year-end. Towable RV shipments will be up over 3 percent to 388,000 units with motorhomes reaching 57,700 units on 5 percent growth.

“Last year saw the RV market reach new heights. Given current economic conditions, we project that the industry will continue to make gains this year,” said Parish. “As chairman of RVIA, it is my pleasure to tell you that our association is as healthy and robust as the industry it represents.

Parish also noted RVIA’s increased focus on government affairs advocacy at the federal level. “We have really ramped up our efforts in this area, from pushing for the passage of the Outdoor Recreation’s Economic Contributions (REC) Act, to forming the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable, to participating in inaugural events,” Parish said.  “All of this serves to raise our profile and effectiveness on Capitol Hill.”

Read the full press release on rvia.org.