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Jack Stabilizing Plate

[Category : - Automotive Accessories - DESIGN PATENTS- Camping and Outdoors ]
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USP# US,D779,147,S (Feb. 14/2017). The Patent covers the size, shape and passageways of the product thus allowing usage on a multitude of different size scissor jacks, a simple C-Bracket.

We were new to the RV world, having bought our first Coachman trailer in 2014. On our very first outing, we pulled it out of its covered parking storage to go camping and bent both left side scissor jacks completely backwards to the point that they were no longer useful. Got to the campsite, bought two new ones, got on my back and commenced R&R in the hot Florida sun. After a week of camping, it was back to reality – returned home, only to back the trailer up into its covered parking spot and what else, bent the right side jacks completely forward! That’s $250 dollars and my time spent removing and replacing scissor jacks in that hot Florida sun.

In the months to follow and at different camp sites we visited, we were amused at how many campers had broken, bent, or just plain missing scissor jacks. Not to mentioned all the new useful, backyard, and just plain unsafe ways people jury-rigged their scissor jacks!! In talking to these trailer owners, we were also amazed at how many wished there was a better way!

Our “simple to use”, “safe”, and “cost effective” product is the alternative of described issues above and will guarantee years of usage with absolutely no damage to your scissor jacks. With that said, it does add 5-10 minutes of prep time before and after trailering. Single piece item (less attaching hardware) that is attached to your trailer frame at all four corners and allows you to quickly remove and install your scissor jacks.

There is an 8” and 11” version that cover the majority of scissor jacks with no modifications to those jacks themselves. Another nice feature is you can remove the brackets and use them on another trailer should you want to, or can even be used on any boat and/or utility trailer.

Financial information

According to RVIA:
The RV industry had a 17.2% increase in unit sales from 2016 to 2017 with 500K plus units sold and eight consecutive years of wholesale shipments growth! The RV industry had a $50 billion economic impact in 2015. Travel Trailer sales alone were up 16% in 2016, surpassing 240,000 units. The RV industry provides more than 150,000 jobs and $7.9 billion in wages.

What is the RV industry’s economic impact?
• There are more than 12,000 RV-related businesses in the U.S. with combined annual revenues of more than $37.5 billion. The RV industry employs more than a quarter million Americans. Shipments in 2013 were 12% higher than in 2012.
• RVs are made by American companies employing American workers that are located in America. In fact, more than 60% of recreation vehicles are made in Elkhart Country, Indiana.
Who is the RV traveler?
• U.S. ownership of RVs has reached record levels, according to a 2011 University of Michigan study commissioned by Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Approximately 8.9 million households own an RV.
• Today’s typical RV owner is 48 years old, married, with an annual household income of $62,000 — higher than the median for all households, according to the Michigan study. RV owners are likely to own their homes and spend disposable income on traveling — an average of three weeks annually, RVIA research shows.
• A leading force behind RV ownership’s upswing is the enormous baby boomer generation, supported by strong ownership gains among both younger and older buyers. In fact, high RV ownership rates now extend across a 40-year span from age 35-to-75, the Michigan study found.
• More RVs are now owned by those ages 35-to-54 than any other group, according to the University of Michigan study.
• More than 11 percent of U.S. households headed by 35-to-54 year olds own an RV, exceeding the 9.3 percent ownership rates of those 55 and over. The 35-to-54 age group posted the largest gains in the 2011 Michigan survey.
Why do people choose and use RVs?
• Flexibility and convenience — RVs offer a convenient, hassle-free way to see America. RV travelers enjoy the freedom and flexibility to go where they want, when they want — without the worry and stress of inflexible schedules, advance reservations, airport waits and luggage restrictions.
• Comfort — With fully-equipped kitchens and baths, rooms that slide out at the touch of a button, central air and heat, flat-screen TVs, surround-sound stereos and more, today’s RVs provide travelers with all the amenities of home while on the road or at the campground.
• Family appeal — RVing is a uniquely enjoyable way to travel as a family. In fact, families that frequently vacation by RV say it fosters an increased sense of togetherness and helps improve family communication. RV owners say that strengthening family relationships is important for their pleasure trips.
• Affordability — RV vacations are more affordable than travel by personal car, commercial airline or cruise ship, according to vacation cost-comparison studies by PKF Consulting. Even factoring in RV ownership costs, and considering resulting tax benefits, a family of four can spend up to 59 percent less when traveling by RV.
• Lure of the outdoors — RVers can enjoy the mountains, beaches, parks, popular tourist attractions and small towns whenever they want, without giving up the comforts of home. With sport utility RVs, RV travelers can easily haul their ATVs, snowmobiles, motorcycles or other outdoor vehicles right on board.
• Versatility — In addition to travel, camping and outdoor recreation, RVs are used year-round for a variety of other purposes, like shopping, tailgating at sporting events, pursuing special interests like horse, dog and antique shows and other hobbies.
• Rentals available — Renting an RV is a popular way to “try before you buy.” The RV rental business is a $350 million industry, which is continuing to grow.
What does the future hold for the RV market?
• Changes in the frequency and duration of vacations favor the RV industry. Americans are traveling shorter distances and on weekends with less planning, according to recent studies. For RV owners, this is a convenient travel pattern.
• RV demand remains robust and the potential for future sales is bright, according to a University of Michigan study. Among U.S. households that have never owned an RV, more than one in seven expressed interest in purchasing an RV in the future.
• Both parents and empty-nesters are strong potential RV buyers, and promising future prospects are emerging among younger, ethnically diverse consumers, reveals a Harris Interactive study commissioned by the Go RVing Coalition. Generation Xers exhibit interests in outdoor activities that are highly compatible with RVing, the study found.
• Ownership and demographic trends favor substantial RV market growth, according to the University of Michigan. Baby boomers are entering an age range ― 55 to 64 ― with high RV ownership rates historically, according to the Michigan study.
• RV manufacturers are innovating to give consumers an array of product choices. Manufacturers are producing lightweight towables and smaller, fuel-efficient motorhomes. Green technologies such as solar panels are appearing on an increasing number of RVs.

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