Almost two out of every five RV dealers can be considered small while a relatively small number of big RV dealers account for a disproportionately high percentage of total industry sales, according to U.S. Census Bureau data that was analyzed by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA).

The census bureau gathered the data about RV dealers during 1997, but RVDA President Mike Molino believes the number of RV dealers in business now is about equal to the number in business four years ago.

The census bureau found there were 2,777 RV dealers operating from 3,014 locations during 1997.

The government agency also found that 39% of all RV dealers had less than $1 million and annual sales, while 19 dealership companies with 89 locations accounted for 15.5% of industry sales.

The census bureau also found that 8% of RV dealerships had more than $10 million in total annual sales and that 1,479 dealerships operating from 1,704 locations had annual sales of $1 million or more.