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 .

Exclusive: Colorado Company Hopes for Big Turnaround with LCI Partners

Mon Feb 12, 2018

151847498152639.pngLet’s Go Aero, a Colorado manufacturer of cargo transport products for RV and passenger vehicles, is getting ready to go itself, following an expanded partnership with Lippert Technologies Inc., and the potential for concluding litigation between itself and a former distributor.

“It’s been a long, long process,” says Amada Kennedy, the marketing and merchandising director for the Colorado Springs company. Cequent Performance Products, a former distributor of Let's Go Aero’s bike racks, sued the company in 2010, a suit settled in 2012. However, in a still-open case, Let's Go Aero sued Cequent in 2014, alleging patent violation.

The Jack-It double bike carrier by far has been the company's biggest product in LCI’s OEM and aftermarket chain, Kennedy says, with about 40,000 units shipped each year. The partnership expansion announced Monday allows LCI to sell, market and distribute the full line of Let’s Go Aero (LGA) RV gear, transport products and related patented technology.

LCI and Let’s Go Aero have been exploring ways to bring LGA’s GearCage cargo and VRack bicycle carrier technologies further into LCI’s OEM and aftermarket divisions, according to Monday’s announcement from LCI. The companies are working together to bring a second-generation tailgate storage system, based on LGA’s GearCage technology, to market this year.

According to Kennedy, the new storage system will be constructed to have a dual connection to a Lippert chassis, while the LGA’s previous models have been hitch connected.

Let’s Go Aero was started in 1998 primarily selling a lightweight camping and utility trailer that still sells several hundred units a year. Shipping the product proved to be unmanageable, Kennedy says, so the company is now coming out with a trailer that ships as a kit.

Let’s Go Aero was founded by inventor Marty Williams in 1998, and employs seven people in its Colorado Springs office, mainly in testing and distribution. Kennedy says manufacture of all company products is outsourced.