September '14

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rv-pro.com SEPTEMBER 2014 • RV PRO • 53 from exclusive. Atlanta-based LG Hausys America is going after multiple markets throughout the RV industry with its HI- MACS line of solid-surface products, according to Kevin Braun, the company's Cincinnati-based national RV manager. "We're targeting what I call the mid- level travel trailers and the fifth wheels," Braun says. "We also sell to units such as the gas Class A's. We have products priced accordingly. e difference is we target the high-end with better colors, more expen- sive colors, and colors with more move- ment. We're trying to hit all levels of the RV market." And, Joe Hosinski, vice president of sales for Bristol, Ind.-based Robert Weed Plywood Corp., which sells several surface products into the RV industry, including Hanex Solid Surface from Hanwha L&C Surfaces U.S., based in Atlanta, says it's a product that some OEMs choose to mix with other surfaces. "What you're seeing with some OEMs is they're putting solid surface in high- traffic areas like the galley, and then using high-pressure laminates in other areas," Hosinski says. "You see that even in some entry-level trailers." Tough Competitor While solid surface's good looks are an important reason behind its rise in the RV market, it's a product that also can compete with HPL where they're most attractive: in areas of durability, weight and ease of fabrication. Certainly a big one is weight. Wayne Juang, owner and president of Memphis, Tenn.-based Maxstone International, says perhaps the biggest handicap natural stone and engineered stone face in going into RVs is their weight, which averages about 18 pounds per square foot. "Solid surface is only about 4.3 pounds per square foot for a half-inch material," he says. "at's a big difference in weight." Although lightweight, solid surface also offers a level of durability that the heavier weight products don't. The word Juang prefers is "flexible," and DuPont's Perich says that's a good way to describe Corian. "In an RV, you've got the jostling of the www.NordicCoolingUnits.com Details, Details, Details see ALL the DETAILS at our website Nordic Replacement for Dometic Best Warranty in the Industry. Reliability Guaranteed! Experience the Nordic Dif ference www.strombergcarlson.com Fifth Wheel Tailgates STABILITY LONGEVITY DEPENDABILITY • Glass filled composite materials • Gate can be painted • Rotary latches & cables included • Key locks gate onto truck • Single handed release LOUVERED TAILGATE 4000 series

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