September '19

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22 • RV PRO • September 2019 rv-pro.com O R I G I N A L E Q U I P M E N T T oday's RV roof products have come a long way from the days when they were made of the same aluminum as the rest of the unit. Helping lead the way to better roofing systems for the RV industry since its launch in 1984 is Dicor Products, an Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier. "Roofing products have always been a big part of our busi- ness," says Dicor Products President Anthony Wollschlager. RV Roofing: Old … and New Perhaps surprisingly for such an unglamorous part of the business, it's also one that's seen a lot of change in the past couple years. "Historically, Dicor has offered two roofing systems: One was EPDM rubber, and the second was Diflex TPO," Wollschlager says. EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) was the first of the two to hit the market, appearing on RVs in the 1980s. Wollschlager calls EPDM "the force within the industry for a long time." As the market matured, a second contender arrived on the scene: TPO (thermoplastic olefin), which came out of the auto- motive industry, and early versions offered more color options, despite the product's difficulty handling paint. Major improvements to the plasticizers in TPO have negated a lot of those concerns, and Dicor's OEM customers also saw something else to like in TPO. "Our EPDM system is at a higher price-point compared A Product Above Dicor Products continues to innovate when it comes to OE and aftermarket roofing products. By K. Schipper PHOTOS OF ANTHONY WOLLSCHLAGER BY STEVE TOEPP/ MIDWEST PHOTOGRAPHICS Dicor Products President Anthony Wollschlager is pictured in front of the company's offices in Elkhart, Ind. The company's acquisition by Airxcel in 2016 has brought many benefits to Dicor, Wollschlager says.

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