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 .

Ultra-Fab Products Releases Handy Gate to RV Market

Mon Mar 6, 2017

148881358612545.jpgELKHART, Indiana - Handy Gate is the latest addition to Ultra-Fab Products' extensive line of work saving accessories for work and play.

Handy Gate is a tailgate lift that can elevate loads of up to 1,000 pounds from the ground to the pickup bed level and from the bed to the ground. It's ideal for RVers, outdoor enthusiasts, landscapers, contractors, service maintenance, plumbers, ranchers, farmers, municipal services departments and others, according to a press release. It fits all 2009 and newer Ford, GM, Chevy and Dodge pickup trucks.

Installation includes a one-time pre-assembly set up that takes about one hour. After that, it can be installed and uninstalled in less than three and a half minutes. There's no truck bed modifications necessary and it extends the truck bed floor an additional 10 inches for more storage. The Handy Gate is built with sturdy all-steel construction using ball-screw technology without the need for hydraulic fluid. The Handy Gate assembly does not touch the bumper and operates off of the power of a standard 7-way hitch plug. The patent pending design also includes taillights.

"Unlike some competitors' products, where it could take eight or more hours to install, the Handy Gate takes less than three and a half minutes to put it on or take it off so you can have your truck back to its original configuration," Ultra-Fab Vice President of Sales and Marketing Brian Allred says.

After moving the load onto the lowered tailgate, Handy Gate lifts the load 32 inches to the truck bed in about 40 seconds. The Handy Gate has a suggested retail price of $2,299.

"We first displayed the Handy Gate at the SEMA show and it was incredibly well received," Allred says.

Interested dealers and distributors should contact Allred at 800-860-7571 or email sales@ultra-fab.com.