May '21

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60 • RV PRO • May 2021 rv-pro.com Joe Carroll, MORryde's product development manager, notes that ramp doors had a reputation for being notoriously heavy. His engineering team was actively experimenting with an alternative when the Great Recession hit in 2008. "At that point, we went into survival mode and shelved the product for a period of time," Carroll says. "We knew it had a lot of nice fea- tures, but it was a premium product and not right for the downturn." As the economy began to strengthen and unit sales picked up, the MORryde team once again brought the ramp door to the fore, taking it out to toy hauler manufacturers for their input. "We asked them about the features and there were several who said they thought the timing was good for something new and dif- ferent," Carroll says. "They also believed it would be easy for the consumers to get the value of it." He compares its operation to that of a laptop cover. "You can literally open it with one finger," he says. "We go to a lot of shows and we have even young children opening and closing this big ramp door." The ramp locks and unlocks with a key and operates in two posi- tions: as a ramp or raised to 90 degrees as an extra room. It was that extra room area – the patio – that prompted the com- pany's next development, the Park 'n Play Patio Rail Kit. Carroll says other ramps had rails mounted directly on them, adding to the weight and inconvenience of having to move them out of the way before the toys could be unloaded. "We were building the framework to support the zero-gravity ramp, and so we started working on a line of patio rail kits that mounted to the steel structure that holds the ramp in place," Carroll says. "They open like a barn door, if you will. They just swing open; you don't have to lift them off." However, once the ramp is in its 90-degree position, the rails can be pulled out and attached to it to make a porch or patio for MORryde employee Abe Valdez preps a ramp door to move to a drill table. MORryde employee Irma Velazquez is brake pressing parts for plant 13, where the company's ramp doors are manufactured.

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