September '14

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A growing trend in high-end motor- home manufacturing has been the inclusion of radiant flooring. Con- sumers indicate that this is a defining feature of what they consider luxurious. Manufac- turers building luxury coaches and high-end fifth wheels are taking notice. "Radiant Heat changes an owner's rela- tionship with their coach," says Ken Millard, founder and president of Aries Engineering. He continues, "Adding radiant heat to a room makes it fundamentally more inviting. Once you turn it on, then you start to realize how much effort you have been putting into pro- tecting yourself from what is essentially a hos- tile environment." Millard developed a radiant flooring product called Gold Heat in 2002. Millard has since watched Gold Heat gain in popularity, survive a recession, and even influence how luxury coaches in the upper price bracket are designed and built. "When we got into the business, nobody was doing a full-tile coach. A so-called full- tile coach had carpet in the living room and in the bedroom," Millard says. "Since the introduction of Gold Heat, almost every- body at our price-point – the luxury 40- to 45-foot Class A's that offer tile floors – have introduced full-tile floor plans with a radiant heat option." Millard, with a background in mechanical engineering, developed Gold Heat mats with the RV industry in mind after a company offering a similar product folded. "I saw an opportunity and developed my own product, got a UL (Underwriters Labora- tories) listing and brought it into the market with Aries Engineering," he says. The com- pany is based in Hillsboro, Oregon, but they and their reps, Elwell Corp., frequently visit the Central Indiana area to see to the needs of their customers. The Gold Standard of RV Heating Tiffin Motorhomes now offers Gold Heat in its Phaeton, Allegro Bus, and Zephyr floor plans. 2014 Tiffin Allegro Bus

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