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 News Exclusive: Oliver Travel Trailers Steps Up Personalization

Wed Mar 8, 2017

When the Oliver family decided to create a business based on its love of the outdoors, there was no taking shortcuts or taking the easy way out. The family wanted to provide a sturdy, better travel trailer that would last them and potential customers' families for years to come.

The company opened the business in 2007 in its factory in Hohenwald, Tennessee. Now in business for 10 years, Oliver Travel Trailers has established itself as a manufacture of high-quality campers that are built to withstand the harshest environments from hot and humid to extreme cold, according to Sales Manager Kelly Robinson.

"Our goal is to build the highest quality camper that exceeds the expectations of our customers," Robinson says. "Our goal is to build a fiberglass trailer that will last you a lifetime and then some."

Several features separate Oliver Travel Trailers models from the others on the market. These include the dual-core construction, which maintains an air gap between the inner and outer shell. This offers many advantages over traditional insulation methods. It helps control condensation, stops transfer of heat and cold and allows it to heat its core faster.

Beyond the air gap, Oliver adds Prodex Insulation, which gives the trailers and the campers a radiant heat barrier, vapor barrier, puncture sealing ability and a 19-decibel noise reduction. The suspension system, while made for a travel trailer, is designed to look and acts more like what is found on a high end fifth wheel, Robinson says.

"We start with Nitrogen filled Michelin lite truck tires mounted on aluminum wheels, add gas shocks, Dexter 'EZ FLEX' leaf spring equalizers, brass bushings and grease fittings, she says. "Our frame is all built in-house and we use only 6061 aircraft/marine grade aluminum. We add 5 Zinc anodes to our frame, just another way we go above and beyond the industry standard. Our trailers don’t have a rubber roof to contend with or wood in the floors, ceiling or walls. Our strong and durable Bright White gel coat finish inside and out creates a uniquely clean look accompanied by beautifully customized decals. Other features include dual pane windows and a plethora of marine style hooks, hinges and latches."

Two models are offered by Oliver Travel Trailers: The single axle Oliver Legacy Elite and the double axle Legacy Elite II.

Both models are light weight and easy to tow by most light trucks and SUVs. Many custom options are offered by the factory-direct manufacturer that can cater to both boondockers as well as campground campers. These include Solar package options with up to four 6-Volt batteries and 320 Watts of power, cell phone and Wi-Fi boosters, Satellite system, composting toilet and more. the company also offers many custom fabric, floor, counter top and even bed size configurations.

Much of the business comes from word of mouth, as Robinson says the customer base is made up of a good portion of former customers telling others about their own experiences.

"A potential customer is connected to an Oliver owner in their area and they meet up," Robinson says. "We have a referral rewards program in place for owners. We also welcome everyone to come visit our plant for a one-on-one tour to see how the Oliver is built. Few leave without ordering because to really appreciate our trailers you have to see how we build them."

When a customer decides to place an order, they are placed in the hands of a sales consultant who covers a detailed list of options to create a personalized "Ollie" just for the customer.

The build time of an Oliver Travel Trailer is between 10-12 weeks from start to finish. After it is completed, the customer is invited to the facility where they are given a class so they have a full understanding of how to operate every aspect of their new Oliver. An educational video is currently in production of this delivery process so that anyone can learn how to operate an Oliver whether they are a current owner or potential buyer.

For more information, visit https://olivertraveltrailers.com or call 888-526-3978.