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 .

Web Exclusive: Blue Ox Debuts New Ascent Tow Bar

Tue Nov 21, 2017
Author: Scott Hansen

151128173139095.jpgPENDER, Nebr.—Blue Ox has debuted its newest motorhome mount recreational tow bar, the 31-pound Ascent.

The Ascent was created to lighten up the tow bar, while still giving it the capacity to tow anything up to a 7,500-pound vehicle, according to Blue Ox Marketing Director Chad Wall.

“Our former aluminum tow bar only had an aluminum exterior,” Wall says. “We wanted to lighten it up a bit. It’s exactly the same length as our Avail, but built out of aircraft grade aluminum. The only steel component is the stinger that goes into the receiver.”

Wall says the new Ascent tow bar was well received at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, as the company took several orders from customers, something not usually done at the show, he says.

“We are extremely proud of the Ascent and its reception at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas,” Blue Ox CEO Ellen Kietzmann says. “Dealers love the new look and the ease of use they have come to know with the Avail. The convenience of its lightweight construction will be a great advantage to our consumers. We are really excited to introduce the Ascent to the recreational towing market at RVIA.”

The new tow bar features a premium Diamond Vogel powder coat finish with metallic accents. The exclusive badge is gold-toned and distinctive. These features ensure that the new Ascent, like its popular steel-constructed counterpart the Avail, compliment and accentuate modern coach design.

The Ascent also features the non-binding, low profile latches found on the Avail tow bar. These
revolutionary latches easily release on uneven terrain providing consumer friendly hook ups and

“Please come by and see us at RVIA and let us give you a preview of what is
next in recreational towing,” Kietzmann says.

Wall says the company is excited to debut it to the motorhome aftermarket industry at RVIA and to its dealers at the show.

“It’s just coming off the line this week,” he says. “We’ve had a few people testing it so far and they’ve liked it and it’s had no problems at all. Other than that, people are already placing orders for it.”

Blue Ox will be at Booth No. 30, Nov. 27–30.