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42 • RV PRO • February 2021 rv-pro.com TOUGH COLLECTION Distributor Sign Up RV PRO MAGAZINE Jan 2020 BECOME A DISTRIBUTOR (800) 274-8437 PO Box 96 Greenwich, Ohio 44837 THERMO GUARD FR THE SUPPRESSOR See more exciting products at ThermoTec.com COOL-IT MAT ADHESIVE-BACKED HEAT BARRIER PROTECT FROM ENGINE HEAT. LESS WORRY AND MORE COMFORT. Mention RVPRO10 to receive an additional 10% off your opening order Current Distributors Call "You'll want to ask them, 'when you travel in your RV, how's your cellular connectivity?'", he says. Quite often, Peckman says, it's en route to the campground where these consumers encounter connectivity issues like dropped calls and weak signals. Outside of avoiding these inconveniences, having a booster in an area where there are weak cellular signals is practical in emergencies. "The ability to know that your phone is going to work if you need it is a huge piece of mind for someone who's in the middle of the wilderness and not looking at very many people," Peckman adds. Ultimately, mobile, and stationary use will affect the strength of the signal a user can access. "If you're stationary, we can provide an even stronger signal than when you're mobile due to FCC regulations around moving vehicles," says Peckman. "It goes from lighting up the cockpit of a coach or interior of a tow vehicle (while mobile) to being able to light up a 10- by 40-foot trailer by having a stationary application, which brings more power to the system's overall design." Off-Grid and COVID Impacts As with many other RV industry sectors, cellular boosting tech- nology has seen a rise in demand in recent times, according to Peckman. He says this increase is two-fold, partially influenced by the growing "off-grid" category of RVers who still need basic connectivity once they set up camp in the wilderness. "Fifth wheels – and particularly toy haulers – seem to be a big market for many of those people who are getting more remote or going deeper into these areas," says Peckman. "They're using (the booster) in their tow vehicle to get to the location, and then moving it to their actual coach once they're at the location and using it at their tabletop." In recent months, Peckman says the significant increase of those moving to the RV lifestyle in the wake of the pandemic has also shown a rise in demand for cellular-boosting technology. As many recent reports have found, this demographic includes a diverse set of users, from the traveling family who needs the ability to school their children from the road, vacationers who've traded in air travel for RVing, and those who are working remotely. "Our market is growing leaps and bounds with the work-from- home culture, and the amount of people trying to get connected in this current environment is crazy," he says. Peckman adds that although Wilson Electronics also services the trucking, commercial, and residential markets, its fastest-growing market is the RV market. Like RV manufacturers and dealers, Peckman estimates in the last six to 12 months, the average age of first-time RVers has dropped by decades. "It's been really fun to watch and be a part of," he says. "RV dealers who embrace (cellular boosting) technology and who embrace the aftermarket sale can make good money selling the product – but even better money installing that product in the user's coach." - Dan Peckman, Wilson Electronics vice president of sales

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