March '20

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rv-pro.com March 2020 • RV PRO • 33 where dealers were able to get product updates on everything from hitches and solar to Wi-Fi and safety products. Airxcel had one of the best-attended classes with company rep Steve Gokie sharing with about 100 dealers the updates about new products for 2020. Curt Hemmeler from the RV Tech- nical Institute presented on the status of technical training and certification. Technicians were interested in hearing how their current status would roll over and how currently earned credits would be applied. RVTI's first certification class had 26 students, 13 of whom are from outside the industry. "The recruitment was a grassroots effor t by our Subject Area Exper ts (SAEs) that went under the radar," Hemmeler said. The inaugural class – comprised of 22 men and four women – finished up Feb. 28. Perron noted this was the second year someone from the RV Industry Association had come to the show to give an update on initiatives the industry is supporting. "A lot of the connection there comes from Steve Johnson's involvement on the Aftermarket Committee of RVIA," Perron said. That evening saw the show floor open and dealers coming in for their first glance at new products. There were nine first- time suppliers at the show, including Dry- mate, a Minnesota-based supplier of pet and camping products. Darrell Higgens from Dura Faucet talks with a customer. Carbon Monoxide Alarm Sealed-In Lithium Battery No Replacement Needed! Model SA-339 5 Year Battery • Conforms to ANSI/UL STD 2034 • Full Five Year Service Life • Built-in Test / Hush Functions • Always On - No Missing Batteries • Meets RVIA/NFPA requirements Learn more at STAdealer.com NEW!

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