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70 • RV PRO • July 2019 rv-pro.com R V M A N U F A C T U R E R S they could build the business and hire employees (the company currently has seven full-time and one part-time employee). "We sold 10 really quickly without spending any money on advertising, and that's what got me into building ModVans," he says. As he tested the waters, Tezza says he always knew he wanted ModVan to be a certified RV manufacturer to give customers access to RV financing and extended warranties, RV insurance and the like. ModVan has since obtained all the certifications required to be listed as an RV manufacturer and has become a member of the RV Industry Association. Every ModVan comes with a two-year warranty for the conversion, and a manufacturer's warranty for all appliances according to each manufacturer, which is generally between one to two years. However, because the unit is an RV, customers also have access to an extended warranty of up to seven years, which allows them to get the vehicle serviced by any dealer on that warranty network, according to Tezza. Because the ModVan can be used for dual purposes, and is listed as an RV, Tezza says the product makes for a com- pelling story. "We sell this as an RV, which means you can finance it as an RV," he says. "That means you can get a 20-year loan and write off the interest as a second mortgage, and you have access to RV insurance, which is far less expensive than car insurance." Meanwhile, the vehicle fits in a garage, so consumers save money because it doesn't need to be stored like many larger motorhomes do. "You could even use it as a vehicle you drive every day, instead of another vehicle, and it's a lot less expensive than buying a second minivan, SUV or pickup truck, and an RV," Tezza says. Looking Toward the Future The company currently produces CV1s out of a small indus- trial warehouse in Ventura, Calif. The vans are sold direct to consumers, and mostly on the Internet, but Tezza sees a day when the company will form a dealer network. Currently, Tezza says there is a year wait for a ModVan. The company has two teams building the vans: one team manufac- tures the cabinets and the lift mechanism, and the other team assembles the vehicle. It takes just two weeks to assemble the vehicle, but manufacturing the parts takes much longer. "We are doing everything in our power to expand as fast as we can, but it's capital intensive," Tezza says. "Our goal is The best protection for your journey. ™ MADE IN AMERICA ® Voted The #1 Sway Control Hitch in America, 7 years in a row. equalizerhitch.com 800-478-5578 READERS' CHOICE AWARD WINNER 2012 - 2018 GOLD 2018 7 X

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