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 .

NATDA Announces Three Specialized Workshops for 2017 Convention

Wed Jul 12, 2017

149986786371001.jpgSt. Petersburg, Fla. - The North American Trailer Dealers Association has announced three specialized workshops for the 2017 NATDA Trade Show and Convention’s Technical Training hosted by LINK Trailer Parts. Dexter Axle, CURT Group and B&W Trailer Hitches will provide dealers with something they can “take back to the shop” from technical experts in the trailer industry.

Below is a brief overview of the free Technical Training being held on Thursday, Sept. 7 between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Professional Gooseneck Hitch and Fifth Wheel Hitch Sales & Installation

This informative class, hosted by B&W Trailer Hitches, will help novice and seasoned installers deepen their understanding of sales and installation fundamentals and increase product/consumer safety, installation proficiency and the service department’s profitability. Instructor Chris Long will help attendees learn how to select the correct products for the customer’s needs and outline the responsibilities that dealers/installers have when becoming a heavy-duty towing products provider. Attendees will find out why certain installation practices are important, why they should be followed and discover techniques that ensure customer safety and product longevity. The workshop will help service writers gain a better understanding of installation timing and estimating labor costs.

Fundamentals of Receiver Hitch and Basic Wiring Installation

Many trailer dealerships shy away from performing tow package installations for customers who want to pull smaller utility trailers behind their unequipped cars, crossovers and light SUVs. Don’t miss out on the profitability of this lucrative market segment. In association with CURT Group, Connected Correctly’s Chris Long and CURT’s National Training Manager Keith Gehrke will walk attendees through a complete tow package installation process using high-quality, American-made, CURT towing products. This will be an excellent opportunity for experienced technicians to sharpen their skills and for newer technicians to learn the best methods of hitch and wiring harness installation.

Dexter Multi-Point Service Inspection Checklist

Dexter will walk attendees through a multi-point service inspection checklist associated with trailer running gear and brake actuation. Dexter technicians will also share some service and repair tips, considerations when selecting a trailer and appropriate running gear, and highlight upsell opportunities to increase profits. Dealers in attendance will receive a printed and electronic service checklist that will include important tips to look for such as tire wear pattern and opportunities for upsell (i.e. forward self-adjusting brakes).

To register for the 2017 NATDA Trade Show and Convention (Dealers Only), click on the link below.

Additional Information: https://www.natda.org/tradeshow/dealer-registration