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March '20

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78 • RV PRO • March 2020 rv-pro.com That's it. Tanks empty. Hands clean. Now it's just a matter of getting Autodocked to market. Perfecting the Details Calvin says he believes he could have Auto- docked ready to go into full production within a few months, but he still has a few tweaks to perfect the current model. "We're going to make the nozzle, which will take about two months to do with the injection molding," he says. "And then we're going to extend the shield, but that is it." The shield is a protective layer meant to keep the working mechanical parts of Autodocked from getting damaged by rocks or other road- side debris that might fly up underneath an RV during regular driving. Depending on whether or not Calvin part- ners with an OEM or with a distributor to make Autodocked an aftermarket product, the shield could be custom-made for a spe- cific manufacturer. The initial version of Autodocked is operated by a mechanical remote control. Calvin says he doesn't have experience creating apps, and that the remote would have fewer potential issues at a crowded campground than an app. After moving the hose into position using the remote control, Calvin simulates having connected his RV's tanks to a dump station.

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