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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 .

Fifth Wheel Street Releases RV Tow Check App

Wed Feb 15, 2017

148717489025079.jpgCRESTVIEW, Florida - Dave Gray, the founder of Fifth Wheel Street, released the RV Tow Check 3.0 app for recreational vehicle owners, as well as RV and automotive dealers. This newest release includes two new user entry inputs for trailer weight ratings and complies with the SAE J2807 guidelines.

RV Tow Check's latest enhancement allows users to enter fifth wheel, gooseneck and conventional TWR. This long-awaited revision was advanced due to the recent changes in some automotive manufacturers providing more than two trailer weight ratings for the same tow vehicle.

The RV Tow Check app has always provided a warning statement for users encouraging them not to exceed the manufacturers TWR regardless of any gross combination weight rating calculations, according to a press release.

Many automobile manufacturers provide towing weight safety ratings for fifth wheel, gooseneck and conventional trailers. Until recently, the fifth wheel and gooseneck ratings were mostly the same. Additionally, some auto manufacturers provide TWR for unbraked trailers, Gray says.

Considering that manufacturers are providing multiple TWRs for one tow vehicle, it became clear to Gray that the RV Tow Check app should be revised to include users to input the TWRs. Entering the two TWRs will ensure maximum towing safety and an improved selection of towing combinations.

RV Tow Check is currently the only mobile friendly app that supports SAE J2807 guidelines and all manufacturers' towing safety and warranty warnings.

"Most vehicle owner's manuals have the required information, but can be difficult to comprehend, and most, if not all, owner's manuals do not have adequate math formulas illustrated to calculate realistic vehicle towing capacity," Gray says.

Gray says that the RV Tow Check app processed more than 120,000 reports during 2016. To use the free web-based RV Tow Check app, visit RVtowCheck.com. This app will be available for mobile device installation later this year, Gray says.

Located at FifthWheelStreet.com, Gray says it continues to be one of the fastest growing self-help RV safety websites. It was founded in April 2011 to promote towing safety by providing tow ratings, simplified weighing worksheets, web-based, and mobile app calculators as well as important articles, videos and safety information to assist all who tow fifth wheel, gooseneck and conventional trailers.