June '21

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66 • RV PRO • June 2021 rv-pro.com F ueled in large part by a younger demographic interested in "expe- riential" outings, boondocking has exploded in popularity in the past few years. It has, in fact, injected new life into a nearly overlooked segment within the RV industry: Adventure camping. Where previously units that met within this description usually took the shape of small, modified-teardrop shapes that placed the emphasis on low weights, contemporary adventure campers have grown up – literally – and now rival their ultra-lightweight travel trailer cousins in size and amenities. Actually, they oftentimes surpass these more traditional trailers in equipment. Aside from the normal array of creature features, adventure campers also tend to carry more specialized electronics – from solar panels to inverters – allowing outdoor enthusiasts to head off-grid without disturbing the envi- ronments they plan to explore. It's a trend that Elkhart, Ind.-based WFCO Electronics is capitalizing upon. "For us, the fastest growth over the past year has been inverters," says Bobby Raatz, managing director of WFCO and its subsidiary, Arterra Distribution (which distributes WFCO products exclusively). "I think a lot of it is the move to boon- docking or 'dry camping' – getting away from your typical campground setting. It's really been a big boom in smaller trailers. More manufacturers have started offering inverters to go with our solar packages to power what circuits they need to while they are remote camping." Attuned to the growing market for boondocking, the OEM supplier is developing products that will allow today's RVers to go adventure camping. By Bruce Hampson Photos by Bruce Hampson WFCO Embraces 'Off-Grid' Market WFCO executives (from left to right) Brent Lehman, director of sales; Jamie Buckmeier, director of product development; and Bobby Raatz, managing director, are pictured in front of the company's offices in Elkhart. For 2021, WFCO is developing some power products designed with off-grid campers in mind. RV O E F O C U S

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