RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

RV Inspection Connection Releases Blue Shield Program

Tue Jul 12, 2016

146834139780645.jpgRV Inspection Connection of Heber Springs, Arkansas has released its Blue Shield Certified Pre-Owned RV Program that is exclusive for dealers only. The foundation of the program provides for an independent, third party, unbiased inspection by a National RV Inspectors Association Certified RV Inspector and comes either with the optional 90-day service agreement or the dealership can utilize its current Extended Service Agreements provider.

Todd Henson, Director of Sales and Marketing for RV Inspection Connection says the Blue Shield Certified Pre-Owned Program stands above and beyond other Pre-Owned programs being offered in today’s RV market place because it was built to free up the RV dealerships service department staff and maximize the dealerships relationship with its current Extended Service Agreement provider.

Henson says the RV Inspection Connection Blue Shield Certified Pre-Owned Program will allow:

-The RV dealership to increase its profit margins per certified unit just like the auto industry has been profiting from for the last 10 years.
-The short staffed service department to focus on their backlog of service work by not being pulled away to perform a “quick inspection” on the dealers used inventory.
-The dealership to pick and choose which used RV will be a candidate for the Blue Shield Certified Pre-Owned Program.
-Flexibility to choose the Blue Shield 90-day Service Agreement as an easy lead in to the dealerships longer term Extended Service Agreement or us only the dealerships Extended Service Agreement program.

Henson says that RV Inspection Connection was created in 2013 because of the request from prospective RV buyers looking for an independent third party inspection on the used RV they were looking to purchase. Henson and other employees heard comments like “when I purchased a home I got a home inspection…. so who is doing home inspections for RVs?” according to a press release.

There were so many requests coming in from individuals across the United States that the need for a nationwide RV inspection company was made clear. The goal was to serve 60 percent of the market of used RV sales that take place in the private sector at the seller’s home, storage facility or in an RV park.

However, after three years of helping these buyers with their pre-purchase inspections, RV Inspection Connection found that 52 percent of all inspections completed had been performed on a dealership’s lot at the buyer’s request. To further validate the value of the pre-purchase inspection, it was found that more than 32 percent of the oil samples that were pulled and analyzed on motorhome engines or transmissions showed there to be a major issue. Many of these fluid samples showed there to be critical engine or transmission component breakdown with looming expensive catastrophic failure.

Henson says because The Blue Shield Certified Pre-Owned Program does not require a dealership to certify its entire used inventory, the sales department can now offer Pre-Owned Certified units or non-certified units just as the auto industry has been doing over the years. Dealerships now can have their selected inventory inspected by RV Inspection Connection’s certified inspectors, which will free up the dealership’s technicians to focus on their many weeks of backlog of pending service work.

RV Inspection Connection’s Blue Shield Certified Pre-Owned program has created a Win-Win scenario for the RV Dealer and the Consumer. For the RV Dealer, the Blue Shield Certified Pre-Owned RV can be sold at a higher price point, the Extended Service Agreement becomes the normal product as part of the sale and the Service Department's workload is reduced.

For the Consumer, by having an unbiased certified inspection by an independent third party inspector who creates an easy-to-understand 50-plus page inspection report with photos and easy-to-read fluid analysis along with the security of a 90-day or longer Extended Service Agreement, the Consumer has the peace of mind knowing that the RV they have purchased will give them the RVing adventure they are seeking to have with their family and friends.

The Blue Shield Certified Pre-Owned Program is administered by RV Inspection Connection and is available nationwide to dealers. For a no pressure consultation on this dealer’s only program, contact Henson at thenson@rvinspection.com or by phone at 877-540-4272 and ask to see the short video highlighting the program.