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rv-pro.com December 2019 • RV PRO • 19 F urrion always does things in a big way. So, perhaps it should not come as a surprise to anyone in the industry that when the Elkhart, Ind.- based supplier wanted to showcase what's possible in RV off-grid tech- nology, it went all in – upgrading its existing 41-foot-long concept fifth wheel, dubbed Limitless, with all of the latest bells and whistles. The retrofitted and updated concept RV, now aptly named Limitless 2.0, is fully loaded with the company's many power prod- ucts and energy-efficient appliances. "We wanted to create a concept vehicle that was durable to withstand harsh weather environments. Obviously, that's the point of being off-grid," says Matt Fidler, co-founder and chief mar- keting officer for Furrion. "This gives us an opportunity to really test our products in these environments and make sure that they can withstand the toughest conditions possible." So, what exactly makes Furrion's concept vehicle far more off-grid capable than the average RV? Fidler says Furrion's standard off-grid system starts with the company's energy system, featuring more than 800 watts of solar panels on the roof, which are tied into a Furrion MPPT solar charger. That charger is equipped with special software that Furrion developed that enables the system to harvest more than 90 percent of the power created by the panels, which Fidler says is indus- try-leading technology. "The efficiency of these products is what is important," he explains. The company's off-grid system also includes four lithium batteries, which Fidler says offer the same amount of energy storage as about eight traditional AGM batteries while weighing consid- erably less. "So, you use less batteries with lith- ium-ion without compromising energy storage while also creating more storage space in your RV," he says. Another Furrion power feature on the concept fifth wheel is a 2,000-watt pure sine wave inverter, which con- verts 12-volt power to 110-volt, which allows RVers to use their AC and micro- wave off-grid. "This particular inverter has a special bypass that allows you to charge bat- teries and run the AC at the same time, even while attached to park power," Fidler says. "Most competitive systems don't have this in their energy systems." Furrion marketing team members relax on the beach of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northern Michigan. Pictured (left to right) are: Channel Marketing Manager Brittany Bolenbaugh, Sales Manager Todd Obergfell, Human Resources Administrative Assistant Kerry Perry and Director of OEM Sales Chase Healey. The company believes camping excursions like this one help inspire Furrion team members to ponder ideas for new product development.

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