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May '19

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rv-pro.com May 2019 • RV PRO • 33 FCCC anticipates bringing the demo unit to consumer shows in the months ahead to promote the new technology to consumers. DriveTech is currently available in the Thor Tuscany diesel pusher and Henke says DriveTech will be standard in 2020 model year FCCC-chassis coaches moving forward. FCCC: Gas Chassis Still in the Works Meanwhile, FCCC remains fully committed to establishing a presence in the gas-powered chassis motorhome market, according to Henke and Sippel. FCCC debuted a prototype non- diesel engine for its MC chassis at the 2017 RVIA show. That MC chassis fea- tured a 6-liter gas engine offering 308 horsepower and 367 pounds per feet of torque to power an MC chassis option in the 16,000- to 19,500-pound GVW product range. Other features found on that MC chassis include an Allison 1000 six- speed commercial-grade transmission, premium WEMC Walther quad-piston hydraulic disc brakes, custom-tuned SACHS shocks and a one-piece con- tinuous straight-frame rail. "We're still very much committed to doing it," Sippel says of entering the Class A gas market. "We've been getting feed- back from OEMs and the next generation of this technology is in the works." Sippel says one area of consideration is changing out the current 6-liter gas engine for something offering better performance. Henke says that FCCC already has a majority market share in the Class A diesel and Super Class C diesel in the North American market, but given that the Class A gas market is roughly three times as large as that of Class A diesels it only makes sense for FCCC to leverage its expertise in building chassis to make inroads into the Class A gas market. TIM HYLAND is the commercial leader of recreation and special vehicles, Wells Fargo, Commercial Distribution Finance. Hyland has more than 20 years of experience in commercial financial lending, where he has held executive roles in both sales and marketing. TREY MILLER is the director of marketing, Americas, for Dometic, a major supplier to the RV and marine markets. He is a former board member for the RV Aftermarket Association (RVAA). JOHN SPAULDING is the director of communications for NTP-STAG, the largest national distributor of RV parts and accessories in North America. Spaulding has more than 18 years of experience in the RV and automotive markets, including management positions with trade publications, manufacturers and distributors. JOSEPHINE JOHNSON is the vice president of MBA Insurance in Scottsdale, Ariz. She developed MBA's motorcycle rental program and oversees the company's RV rental program. Johnson has more than 21 years of experience in the insurance industry, the past 15 with MBA Insurance. C H U C K M A R Z A H N i s a p a r t n e r w i t h M a r z a h n & K i n g Consulting, a well-known Virginia Beach, Va., firm that offers consulting, training and virtual 20 Group services to members of the RV industry. Marzahn has more than 20 years of retail dealership management experience and is an exper t on customary and usual procedures and practices in dealerships. BOB BRAMMER JR. is the president of Stromberg Carlson Products, a diversified manufacturer and supplier of RV aftermarket accessories based in Traverse City, Mich. He has served as president of the Michigan RV and Campground Association, on the executive board of the RV Aftermarket Association, and the RV Industry Association Trade Show and Events Committee during his career. Editorial Advisory Board The individuals below represent the 2019 Editorial Advisory Board for RV PRO magazine. Representing various segments of the RV industry, these members bring a tremendous depth of experience to the magazine.

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