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 .

Blue Ox Hosts Annual OXSMART Training for Service Technicians

Thu Oct 13, 2016

147636987691323.jpgWEST POINT, Nebraska - Last month, Blue Ox held its annual OXSMART Training from Sept. 26-27. Twenty-seven service technicians from across the U.S. came together in West Point to attend the 2016 Fall Session of Blue Ox's Training, sponsored by NTP-Stag.

OXSMART is a hands-on training session conducted by Blue Ox product experts on multiple products including tow bars, baseplates, weight distributing hitches, goosenecks, braking systems and chassis performance products. As a part of this program, Blue Ox includes all training, airfare, meals and hotel costs in the initial tuition fee as an added benefit for Blue Ox Rewards dealers.

"We really enjoy hosting this training event for RV technicians" Blue Ox President and CEO Ellen Kietzmann says. "The attendees are eager to participate and dedicated to learning about and learning to install Blue Ox products. We are proud that OXSMART is part of the RVDA-RVIA Technical Certification program. Providing educational opportunities and empowering our dealers and their employees is the most important part of the Blue Ox philosophy. Simply put, we aren't satisfied unless our customers are. We are proud of the progress we have made with our technical educational platforms and our partners are a valued part in helping us achieve this."

The OXSMART Training spans over two full days which includes a factory tour, introduction to Blue Ox employees and providing hands-on-training on the full portfolio of products that Blue Ox offers: tow bars; baseplates; brakes; chassis performance, weight distributing and gooseneck hitches. The training is an opportunity for the dealer technician partners to not only learn about the products but provide valuable insight on the product line as well as ideas for additional products for the future. OXSMART graduates receive 13 hours of credit in the RVDA-RVIA Service Technical Certification program.