Business View Magazine | January 2021

125 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE JANUARY 2021 THE RV INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION W ith offices in Reston, Virginia and Elkhart, Indiana, the RV Industry Association is the leading trade voice of the $114 billion dollar RV industry, representing approximately 400 manufacturers and component and aftermarket suppliers who together produce 98 percent of all RVs made in the US, and approximately 60 percent of RVs produced worldwide. Big numbers for an association with an even bigger mandate – to promote and protect the industry and its members. The association’s roots extend back to 1963, when the American Institute of Travel Trailer and Camper Manufacturers was incorporated in the State of Indiana as a not-for-profit corporation. In 1968, the organization officially rebranded as the Recreational Vehicle Institute, Inc. (RVI) and moved its offices to Grand Rapids, Michigan and, a few years later, to Des Plaines, Illinois. In 1974, the organization changed its name to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, Inc. (RVIA), combining elements of RVI and the Travel Coach Association (TCA) of Riverside, California. Two years ago, the organization went through a brand refresh resulting in a more concise name: the RV Industry Association. Today, the RV Industry Association is a robust organization that works with federal and state lawmakers and regulators to pursue a favorable business environment for its E M B R AC I N G T H E RV PA S S I ON