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44 • RV PRO • MARCH 2016 rv-pro.com in Canada in July. The distributor used the NTP-STAG show to debut a larger rollout of the technology. Patrick Stevenson, who oversees information technology for NTP-STAG, said that the idea is to eventually replace the paper shopping and ordering system with a more advanced version of the electronic system being tested. "The engine is just a search, and it differs from VIA as a value to suppliers," he said. "It's a cross-reference search for parts, so you're not going to look by part type to find (for example) a hitch, but if I know my part type – whether its NTP, Stag, Coast or manufacturer part number – the results start to narrow down." As he punched a number into the search bar, a dropdown list populated and began to narrow product options as he reached the end of the SKU, before finally offering options of products. The electronic system has some advantages over the paper stan- dard, Stevenson said. Most notably, a full electronic rollout – which the company hopes to achieve in the coming years – would minimize the amount of paper used at the shows. "The amount of paper that is used at a combined event like this is monumental," Stevenson said. "We brought more paper to this show than we did all four automotive big shows in the spring, and the demand has been overwhelming." Still, it is unlikely that the paper system will ever become entirely obsolete, according to Stevenson, who noted that it will likely play a role as a backup to the electronic system in the future. "You always want to have a Plan B because you're subject to connectivity challenges," he said. "So we'll always have a Plan B in the form of paper, but the goal is to go into the electronic era full steam ahead, and then maybe in conjunction with some combination of devices at booths and/or devices within the cus- tomer's hands." Terry Trailer Auction Garners Money for Hall of Fame At the close of the show on Jan. 20, NTP-STAG officials named the winner of a silent auction for a fully restored 1978 Terry travel trailer, with all proceeds being donated to the RV/MH Hall of Fame. Urs Buechin, owner of Heidi's RV Superstore in Hawkestone, Ontario, won the auction, with a winning bid of $20,300. "NTP-STAG believes in the RV Hall of Fame mission, and we are happy to offer up the Project Terry Trailer as a fundraising tool to help the Hall of Fame continue its good work," John Spaulding, NTP-STAG marketing director, RV said. "All the proceeds of the silent auction, plus a $5,000 contribution by NTP-STAG will go the the RV Hall of Fame." The trailer was restored with new brakes, bearings, hubs, tires and wheels, as well as siding, an awning, a new roof, vents and graphics. On the interior, new lights, toilet, sinks, tanks, furnace, air conditioning, refrigerator, range, water heater, furniture, coun- ters, floors and woodwork were installed. Project Terry sponsors include Carefree of Colorado, Coleman- Mach, Dicor, Husky Towing Products, JR Products, Norcold, Pow- erhouse Products, Suburban, Thetford, Valterra, Ventline by Dexter and Winegard. During The Expo, NTP-STAG hosted a silent auction for a restored 1978 Terry travel trailer, with proceeds benefiting the RV/MH Hall of Fame. Canadian dealer Urs Buechin of Heidi's RV Superstore in Hawkstone, Ontario, won the trailer with a bid of $20,300.

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