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rv-pro.com August 2020 • RV PRO • 53 He explains that's an idea that came from campers who wondered if the company couldn't do something like insect-repellent clothing that keeps bugs away. By utilizing little heating elements that go in an awning's "elbows", users will be able to use a commonly available mosquito repellant pad that's impregnated with a derivative of the chrysan- themum plant. "Each pad creates about a 15-foot radius buffer around the patio area of an RV, so you can put one in both arms, and you've got about 30 feet of coverage," Wood says. Along with a host of attentive employees, Carefree also has another ace in the hole with its product development and innova- tion, says Wood, who notes the company also serves the marine and residential markets in the United States and sells globally. The marine industry also is the focus of its Power Winch brand, which DeYoung calls a long-time leader in the marine power winch industry. And, as with backyards and RVs, those boats also need awnings. "We have more and more boat owners who want to put some kind of awning on their boats," DeYoung says. "We carry marine- grade fabrics, and we construct our products with marine-grade fasteners, so it's a perfect marine solution, and a nice crossover there." Going forward – and Wood is optimistic that the RV market will see a nice recovery coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic – he says the day of the homogeneous block-shaped RV on two or four wheels will be a thing of the past. "Particularly if you look at the European market, the designs and shapes are all changing," Wood says. "As that changes, it becomes necessary for awnings to change as well because they mount on those surfaces. We already have various ideas that will soon be in production to accommodate those changes." The key word at Carefree, yesterday, today, and tomorrow, Wood concludes, is simply: "Innovation." Carefree's strong focus on product development pays dividends. One recent example of that is Carefree's Compass entry-level vertical-arm awning featuring Memory Pitch, which allows users to deploy the awning to the same pitch every time. With competing products, the awning arms have to be re-set every time they are deployed. R V P R O D U C T S G R O U P ® www.norcoind.com/bal Double Single MADE IN U.S.A. 29160 29171 BIG IG BAD AD FOOT OOT PAD AD 100 Sq. Inch Universal fit Foot Pads are perfect for any trailer jack leg. Works on all types of manual and electric jacks. Easy installation with adjustable brackets. LEARN MORE AT : TUSONRVBRAKES.COM CONTACT US AT : 847-816-8800 › Most intelligent sway control using patented independent left/right braking › Greater stability control to keep trailer tracking behind your vehicle › Minimal speed loss while directly counteracting trailer sway › Better than mechanical sway hitches at reducing sway during large sway events › Fastest activation reaction time › Works with major truck OEMs, integrated & aftermarket brake controllers › Maintenance & adjustment free – auto adjusts to improve braking effectiveness, even during off-road towing ARE YOU READY FOR THE ROAD AHEAD? TUSON SWAY CONTROL BENEFITS : Don't slow your roll, control your sway with the Tuson Sway Control!

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