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Gretchen Monette,


OKEMOS, Mich.—There are approximately 9 million American households that own an RV—up 16 percent since 2001. Here are some additional facts and statistics:

  • According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), more than 11 percent of U.S. households own an RV.
  • According to the RVIA, the national number of towable RVs shipments at the end of 2016 was nearly 376,000.
  • National shipments of all RVs in 2016 surpassed 430,000 units, the highest total since 1977, according to RVIA.

A recent vacation cost comparison study by PKF Consulting, Alexandria, Va. for the RVIA, showed that a family of four can save 27-62 percent on vacation costs= by traveling in an RV, even after factoring in ownership costs and fuel. It would take a rise in fuel prices between $6 and $14 per gallon for an RV vacation, in any type of RV, to be more expensive than the least expensive non-RV vacation.

  • The total direct economic output in Michigan from the RV industry, according to RVs Move America ( was nearly $696 million in 2016.
  • There are more than 720 RV-related businesses in Michigan employing 4,294 Michigan citizens.
  • In 2016, 16,873 RV shipments came to Michigan, according to a Statistical Surveys.
  • The RVIA estimates there are as many as 30 million RV enthusiasts nationwide, including RV renters.
  • According to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, there are over 1,100 licensed private recreation vehicle parks and campgrounds in Michigan, which represent more than 150,000 campsites.
  • Buyers aged 35-54 are the largest segment of RV owners, according to a University of Michigan study commissioned by RVIA.
  • A study by Michigan State University shows that 10 percent of all pleasure travelers in Michigan are campers.
  • In 2015 in the United States, there were 22,797 RV-related businesses with a combined economic impact of nearly $50 billion, according to RVIA.
  • New RVs can range in price from $6,000-$22,000 for folding campers; $6,000- $55,000 for truck campers; $8,000-$95,000 for conventional travel trailers; $43,000-$200,000 plus for Type C motorhomes; $18,000 to $160,000 for fifth wheels and $60,000-$500,000 for Type A motorhomes.

Sources: Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA,) South Bend Tribune and Statistical Surveys

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