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54 • RV PRO • MAY 2016 rv-pro.com More Than a Pretty Face Good looks are certainly key with these graphics packages, but what looks good on a computer screen or as a full-color print image also has to perform in real life. Prototypes are an important part of the process. BGS prototypes every program between the time it's chosen by a particular product manager and when the unit goes into production. "We'll get involved at the plant and install the graphics with them at their plant," Graham says. "Sometimes things change when you go from paper to the real world, and when we do the prototype we figure out that we need to move this piece or that piece, or add another stripe." That company's Poling adds that someone from BGS will super- vise the installation by the OEM's crew, which allows its installers to get the feel of the vinyl film BGS is using. On the other hand, Graphix Unlimited's Vitali says her com- pany prefers to do the installation on the prototype itself. Part of the reason is if the OEM hasn't made a decision at that point, the entire job can be riding on how it looks on that test unit. Because Apex is providing a mask for painting, Daly says her company provides the manufacturers both with a mini mask that PHOTO BY APEX GRAPHICS PHOTO BY GRAPHIX UNLIMITED Graphix Unlimited provides graphics services for a variety of markets beyond RV, including emergency vehicles, fleet vehicles and vehicle wraps for corporate clients like the one pictured here. Workers apply detailed graphics from Apex Graphics to a Coachmen motorhome. Graphics suppliers are able to provide RV makers with just about any type of design they wish.

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