November '19

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54 • RV PRO • November 2019 rv-pro.com O P E N H O U S E C O V E R A G E ELKHART in our design and engineering to create a superior product for RV use." The coach also displayed one of the company's new 12-volt refrigerators. The units come in 6- or 10-cubic feet versions, with stainless-steel doors, LED interior lighting and ample useable space. The refrigerators are designed for RV use with a semi-automatic defrost system built for battery performance. For its part, Southwire debuted a new 40430 RVC transfer switch at its exhibit. "It is in the same realm as our 50-amp product. It provides a full suite of electrical protection for an RV, but is designed for smaller Class B or C units," Raatz said. The 40430 RVC shuts down the unit when it encounters low-voltage conditions. The transfer switch reengages the power when voltage returns to an acceptable level. Southwire designed the unit for OEMs and will install it on RVs in the 2021 model year. "It is good to be here introducing the product," Raatz said. "We have a had a lot of conversations with suppliers and dealers – and even some OEMs." Suppliers Laud Exhibit Venues Also at the RV/MH Hall of Fame supplier event, Thet- ford had two booths – one inside and one outside the exhibit hall. The booths included Thetford and B&B Molding co-branded products. Dealers also got a peek at the Polar 10 DC from Norcold, a Thetford subsidiary. The Polar 10 DC is a 10-cubic foot DC com- pressor RV refrigerator featuring reversible stainless-steel doors with curved edges and recessed edge door handles with an integrated travel latch that stays closed during transit. The top control panel includes venting for improved refrigerator performance. "We had good steady traffic during the show," said Rick Schmidt, Thetford aftermarket account manager. "This show is a great idea. It gets dealers here. We had a lot of interest in this product." A representative for Blackstone cooks up pancakes on the company's griddle for attendees at the Hall of Fame. This was the first year the Hall of Fame hosted a supplier show, and Hall President Darryl Searer called it a great event, with more than 600 dealers attending. At the Hall of Fame, Southwire debuted a new 40430 RVC transfer switch, which offers a full suite of electrical protection for Class B or C motorhomes.

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