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 .
Tue Apr 4, 2017
After talking with customers and end users, Pop Up Towing Products introduced a new version of its RVGC Gooseneck Coupler product line – one that is cushioned to minimize the bounce and create a smoother ride.
The company has evolved its product line over the years to make it easier for the end user and reduce the time the RVer needs to set it up.
It started the RVGC line with the fixed model, with the selling point of coming as a one-piece product that bolts onto the existing bolt holes where the king pin box is mounted, eliminating the neas ed for an adapter.
Pop Up Towing Products Sales and Marketing Manager Derrick Bruenger says, after that product was released, company officials started looking at ways to make the product more convenient and attractive to the customers.
“We started talking to the customers and seeing what they wanted and needed, and determined that it has to have adjustable height ability.”
The second generation of the product was released soon after, which allowed for 1-inch increment adjustments up to 4 inches in a matter of seconds. It also includes a 2 5/16-inch self-latching coupler with an easy cable release, so the consumer doesn’t have to crawl under the truck to latch or unlatch the truck to the towable, Bruenger says.
“After that, we thought ‘Why not give these people a cushion with the exact same technology?’” Bruenger says. “We did this for quicker installs, ease of the customers’ minds and it attaches straight to the frame. We eliminated the weak links in the process.”
The RVGC-CA (Cushion Adjustable) is rated at 24,000 pounds and a tongue weight rating of 6,500 pounds, while reducing the bumpiness of the ride by nearly 60 percent, Bruenger says. The model was released to market about 18 months ago, but Bruenger says the company waited on beginning a full onslaught of marketing campaign until it could offer all of the 30 different models that fit all of the bolt hole configurations.
“The biggest advantage and the reason customers would want to do it this way is that fifth wheels take up so much bed space. When you’re traveling or camping, all of that space is valuable,” he says. “This allows you that much more storage space.”