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46 • RV PRO • May 2020 rv-pro.com A Natural Evolution While Horizon Global owns such well-known North American brands as Reese, Tekonsha, Bulldog, Draw-Tite, and Fulton, Gohl's plan is to make them more of a family. "We're working to leverage the expe- rience and capabilities of a global group, first and foremost," he says. "Second, we're leveraging things like material opti- mization and material cost optimization through global buying, global standards of tooling and manufacturing methods. We want to develop a singular purpose and a singular process that represents Horizon Global." That approach is already being carried out with some products. For instance, one of the company's OE hitches has moved its production to Europe because of the demand for the product by an OEM there. "When the OEM added capacity, we worked with that company to optimize the best manufacturing strategy for them," Gohl says. "Because of our diverse foot- print, we were able to give them the best solution, and we're now importing the product back to the (United) States to support North American demand." The idea of "best solution" is a common thread throughout Horizon Global, with the company committed to continuing to develop new products for its brands and improving those already in the marketplace. For instance, attendees at the 2019 SEMA Show had a chance to check out Tekonsha's new brake controller, the Prodigy iD. Features include Edge Tech- nology, an in-dash, Bluetooth-enabled control with both a digital display and a diagnostic read-out, as well as a rotary knob to adjust the amount of manual braking. Additionally, the Edge mobile app is available to assist users by providing mul- tiple trailer settings, the ability to set gain and boost and select between timed or proportional settings. Russell Brzezinski, an eight-year vet- eran of the company who serves as towing category manager, says its most-attractive feature may be its ease of use and factory OE appearance, although the company The Reese Goose Box is a pin box system, which allows customers to tow a fifth wheel trailer using a gooseneck ball in the back of a pickup, removing the traditional heavy fifth wheel towing system from the back of a pickup, improving ride performance and freeing up space. The Reese Pro Weight distribution system is a complete system out of the box with a pre-torqued ball, the deepest drop shank that is available in the marketplace, and it comes with three different weight ratings: 6,000 pounds, 8,000 pounds and 11,500 pounds. Notably, the Reese Pro Weight offers a no-drill application. recommends aftermarket buyers have it professionally installed. "It's been very well-received and we are excited about this introduction to the market," he says. "The functionality is leaps above some of the competitive products out there." In talking about Horizon Global's towing products, Brzezinski says a common theme is the natural evolution of the com- pany's product lines. The latest example, he says, is the new Reese 20K Sidewinder pin box, which the company calls, "the ultimate short-bed towing solution." Brzezinski notes that 70 to 80 percent of the pickups on the road today are short beds and towing with them can present some challenges, particularly when making tight turns and parking with trailers. The Sidewinder RV pin box moves the pivot point back 22 inches from the fifth wheel hitch, allowing for worry-free use and turns of up to 90 degrees. There is no need to use a heavy manual slider or ever leave the cab of the vehicle as the sidewinder does this all automatically. "It's the evolution of a winning design and we just made it even better," Brzez- inski says. "The new 20K Sidewinder will replace our long-running 16K and 19K offerings, with some notable improve- ments: it will come ready to install in about 15 minutes, it is nearly mainte- nance-free for the user and is price posi- tioned to be an even better value. This is the ultimate short-bed towing solution."

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