March '20

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rv-pro.com March 2020 • RV PRO • 79 Either way, clearance isn't expected to be an issue. Calvin says Autodocked hangs down far enough below the tanks that it is able to swing out underneath the fender skirts, but it is not so low that it causes an issue on uneven surfaces. "When you see those tanks under- neath an RV, they're almost flush," he says. "They're just up a little bit from that. And I come down 7 inches. The hardest one to clear is a Class C because they're really low profile. And this works fine with a Class C. A fifth wheel or a travel trailer – those are way up in the air compared to a Class A, like 2 feet or something." Calvin says that most likely, Auto- docked could not be installed directly beneath a Class A, because the tanks tend to be enclosed on those larger vehicles. Throughout the development process, Calvin says he hasn't tried to reinvent the wheel. He has largely relied on existing parts to create Autodocked. He says he has approached suppliers of valves and hoses, for example, who have been willing to supply samples that he has used in hopes that their products might become part of the finished Autodocked. Not App Happy A recent trend in the RV market has been more toward using smart devices to control RV functions and moving away from remote controls. Calvin says he actually had discussions with one of his suppliers about the possibility of using an app to control Autodocked, but that he remains "old school" with the idea of using a remote and a radio frequency rather than a Bluetooth connection. "The gist of it is they work on a dif- ferent frequency. It works differently," he says. "And it is possible that it wouldn't work for it with the radio frequency. It was just a much simpler technology. In addition, Calvin says he was con- cerned that if Autodocked takes off and sells more units that he expects, using an app to control it might be a bad thing. "Well, let's say you sell a bunch of these and all these RVs have it," he says. "You're at a park with 100 RV spots or whatever. Are you going to set off each other's (Auto- dockeds) using these things? It's almost like a garage controller, like is a one in 10 LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY Safety cables are included Stowable on motorhome All steel 12,000 lb towing capacity Integrated tow brake Non-binding legs READYBRAKE.COM 620.365.7714 Includes patented Ready Brake supplemental brake system that's integrated into the head of the bar! Ask about our

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