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 .

KICKER Lifestyle Products Debuts Outdoor Speaker

Mon May 8, 2017

149425833686522.jpgSTILLWATER, Oklahoma - KICKER Lifestyle Products has debuted its new top-of-the-line portable audio powerhouse that plays deep, loud and clear in nearly any environment.

The waterproof KICKER Bullfrog Jump is a self-contained, high-performance 2.1-channel audio system featuring two 4-inch drivers and two 3-inch x 4 passive subwoofers housed in a near-impenetrable cabinet that is specifically voiced to sound great inside and even better outdoors, from tailgate parties, the campsite in the yard, on a boat and anywhere else music and fun are welcome. Available in two color options – green/black and gray/white.

“Bullfrog Jump is, quite simply, the embodiment of KICKER’s 43-year history as a leader in audio engineering, wrapped up in one of the most intelligently designed packages on the market,” KICKER Lifestyle Products Brand Manager Jeremy Bale says. "Our design team set out to make this more than our top-of-the-line streaming speaker. From the start, our goal was to create the ultimate audio system for anybody who feels that music is as essential as food and water for their outdoor gatherings.”

Similar to its namesake, KICKER’s Bullfrog Jump, which is the first in a line of high-output Bullfrog speakers, creates a sound that is deep and resonant, with a sense of authority and a call to join the fun, according to a press release. Bullfrog streams Bluetooth stereo audio, and it includes FM radio for when it is time to listen to the big game and favorite local stations.

As powerful as Bullfrog Jump is on its own, KICKER added the DoubleKick feature providing an easy daisy-chain option for two Bullfrogs via Bluetooth. Similarly, its 3.5mm TRS stereo auxiliary output allows for daisy-chaining multiple Bullfrog systems to accommodate any listening scenario. A 3.5mm input jack is also available for connecting a portable audio player when Bluetooth isn’t available.

The speaker’s sonics are big and detailed, with KICKER’s signature bass and full-range output. Bullfrog fills the backyard, basecamp and the parking lot with a 360-degree sound field that reaches around the listening area to give everyone the best seat in the house. Its IP66 rating means that it can stand up to nearly any type of weather conditions for as long as the party might last.

Bullfrog’s rechargeable battery lasts up to 20 hours, with average listening, and there is a dedicated USB charge-out port to ensure that mobile devices have the energy to keep up with such a powerful system. An easy-carry handle makes it convenient to bring Bullfrog Jump wherever the party happens to be.

KICKER is complementing the rollout of the Bullfrog with a new app that makes it easy for users to tailor the audio to their liking. KICKER Connect puts access to the Bullfrog Jump on any iOS or Android streaming device, with easy and intuitive control of the FM radio (including custom presets), volume, status monitor, factory reset, a searchable user guide and wireless stereo-mode setup for connecting two Bullfrog speakers via Bluetooth.

“Bullfrog joins the ever-growing ranks of KICKER Lifestyle products by taking its rightful place at the top of the heap," Bale says. "Not only is it our best, no compromises speaker to date; it easily beats the competition on every level, from performance to convenience and reliability. There is no better way to bring the music than with this powerful new system.”

KICKER’s Bullfrog Jump will ship in September at a suggested retail price of $399.95.