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rv-pro.com June 2021 • RV PRO • 67 Developing Offerings to Support Boondocking For WFCO Electronics – the North American arm of the WFCO Group owned by the Cheng family that also has manufac- turing operations in Asia and Taiwan – the move to boondocking also is charging the company's product development. "There are a number of things in the pipeline that we're trying to get ready by the end of this year," Raatz says. "We'll be intro- ducing a patent-pending technology on our converter product that completely reinvents that whole process of how a converter deals with different battery chemistries. We also have a new inverter product line that we've launched the first product of – a 2,000-watt inverter that's the entry point we're going to build into a full line. With the demand in inverter products growing, what we had previously didn't suffice. So, our 1,000-watt inverter will remain, but for our 2,000-watt and bigger units we're going to an entirely new platform." According to Raatz, the company expects to have the first inventory of the new 2,000-watt inverter stateside in August, while WFCO's new converters with "auto-detect" capabilities are expected to be in stock later in the year. Both products were developed in-house; WFCO's Elkhart facilities include engineering and product-devel- opment divisions. "Our goal as a group was to become that 'go-to' company," says Jamie Buckmeier, director of product development. "So, while we had inverters, we asked ourselves, 'How do we become the right Adobe Stock imagery. Application Engineer Doug Pettifor (left) tests the performance of a new WFCO power product developed in the company's engineering lab as Buckmeier observes. " For us, the fastest growth over the past year has been inverters. I think a lot of it is the move to boondocking 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 …." – Bobby Raatz, managing director of WFCO

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