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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 .

Video: CURT Manufacturing Develops New Testing Capabilities

Mon Dec 5, 2016

148096158020855.jpgCURT Manufacturing has developed new testing capabilities at its engineering facility in Wixom, Michigan. This multi-faceted, three-axis, real-time test allows the company to prove the safety of its hitches like never before and is setting a new standard in the towing industry in North America.

Based on testing developed by European manufacturers called the Carlos TC (Car Loading Standard, Trailer Coupling), this new test is designed to simulate towing in the real world. It does this using three actuators and varying loads. While many tests today apply load pressure up and down, CURT is able to simulate actual driving conditions by pushing, pulling, lifting and pressing at the coupling point. These forces are applied in varying combinations and degrees, to mimic the behavior of a real trailer in tow.

At CURT, the company prides itself on paving the way in the towing industry with new innovations and the most advanced technology. This includes testing. Currently, the company is working with some of its OE customers, as well as a competitor, to develop the new testing capability into an industry-wide standard for North America.

“It is important that we are testing our products to the state-of-the-art, and the Carlos TC test and our latest North American industry work are important steps in furthering that goal,” says Robert Krouse, Director of R & D, Testing and Wixom Engineering.

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