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For many Canadians, Recreational Vehicles (RVs) are more than just a convenient way to travel and enjoy the outdoors, it is a way of life. Given this, it is no surprise that Recreational Vehicles have a significant impact on the Canadian economy. The economic activity generated by the RV industry is considerable and multi‐faceted including everything from the manufacturing, sales and service of RVs to expenditures to use, store, maintain and travel in RVs.

The term recreational vehicle, or RV, refers to a vehicle that can be lived in and driven or towed from place to place, while some are stationary park model homes and can be moved around campgrounds. RVs include the following vehicle types:

Motorhomes: Class A, B and C

Towables: Includes – travel trailer, fifth wheel trailer, teardrop trailer, pop-up trailer, toy hauler, truck camper, destination trailer, hybrid trailer

Park Models

While Manufacturers and dealers contribute significantly to the total, a majority of the contribution occurs after the initial RV purchase. More specifically, expenditures associated with RV ownership and use account for 78% of the total value added to the Canadian economy. The study revealed that approximately 2.1 million (or 14% of) Canadian households own an RV. Post-purchase spending by this group of owners contributes to the economy through two expenditure categories: non-travel and tourism-related expenditures.

The results of this 2023 Economic Impact of the Canadian Recreation Vehicle Industry study demonstrate that the RV industry is a significant contributor to the Canadian economy.