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32 • RV PRO • January 2020 rv-pro.com RV O R I G I N A L E Q U I P M E N T Meanwhile, Progressive Dynamics has replaced screws with WAGOs on all of its 30-amp transfer switches, such as the PD5110010Q model, which comes complete with a cover for added protection against dirt and dust. "Our goal in all of this is to make it a lot more positive for the OEM and to take out a lot of trouble," Walters says. "Because one of the things about not having a cover on a transfer switch is that dust and dirt can get in there and get in the way of the contactors, and also the same thing happens with the screws and the wires." And at the same time Progressive Dynamics added the WAGO to its All-in-One converters, it also added a switch that lets the system easily switch between working with traditional AGM batteries and newer, more energy-efficient lithium batteries. "We are now the only converter on the market that is set up to be in the lead-acid (battery) mode, but you can move the switch to 'lithium mode' and you don't have to change out the converter to do that – all you have to do is flip the switch," Walters says. "So, the people that want to upgrade to lithium can now do that. And the OEMs are taking advantage of this because there is an advantage for the people that are buying their coaches. So, I believe they are going to market this pretty aggressively." For the moment, lithium batteries are more expensive than traditional AGM batteries, but Walters says Progressive Dynamics believes more and more OEMs and end customers will embrace lithium batteries moving forward, so the company is well-po- sitioned with the addition of the switch that makes it possible for the converters to work with AGM and lithium batteries. "I will tell you that once you have a lithium battery in your coach you probably wouldn't have anything else because it is so much more efficient, runs longer and charges faster than a lead acid battery," he says. "That it's really something that – once they experience it – they're going to love it. ... "And another thing to consider when deciding on what type of battery to purchase for your RV is you get 700 to 800 charges out of a lead-acid battery, while you can get 5,000 charges out of a lithium battery, so they last a long, long time." Supporting OEMs & End Users Anticipating increased demand for its various power-related products, Walters says Progressive Dynamics has embarked on a major initiative that is adding capital equipment to its existing 160,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Marshall, Mich., and reconfiguring certain operations to increase production effi- ciency, such as its Surface Mount Technology (SMT). Meanwhile, additional efforts to support end consumers are ongoing. Specifically, Walters notes that the company is continually updating its website to add more easily to navigate training videos and trouble-shooting guides. "We're trying to do as much of that as possible to help the end cus- tomer," he says. "Fortunately, our service department is here in Mar- shall, Mich., and these are techni- cians who work on the products. So, when the service person at Pro- gressive Dynamics is talking with someone, they can have them bring up the video and show them: 'This is what you are looking for.'" Progressive Dynamics continues to make improvements to its power products. One notable example of this is using WAGO connectors (shown in detail in photo at right) in place of screws in the company's 4500 Series All-in-One converters to better ensure that wires stay connected to their terminals. Mike Walters, Progressive Dynamics vice president of sales and marketing, is excited about the company's new inverter offerings as well as its ongoing product improvement developments.

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