June '16

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24 • RV PRO • JUNE 2016 rv-pro.com of interest from the dealers because they see it as an excellent upgrade feature or add-on or just something to sell with their packages when they're doing a dealer prep. Tom and his team have done very well at explaining it to people." Other Bauer Products Although Bauer is relatively new to the RV industry, the company is a third- generation family owned business that has been making locking hardware since 1958. Bacon runs the company along with his brother, president of operations; and cousin, Norm Sedelbauer, president of sales. Products and parts await assembly or shipping in the warehouse at Bauer Products' facility. He says the company made its big push to get the Keyed Alike system into the RV industry at the 2014 National RV Trade Association show in Louisville, Ky., and has spent the past few years "getting smarter about what people want in this industry." In addition to the Keyed Alike system, Bauer's keyless products also are proving popular. The keyless products have touch- pads to enter codes that unlock a vehicle. Bacon says the company also is in development of a keyless system that works using Bluetooth capability. The system was demonstrated at the Louis- ville show this past fall. Eventually, Bauer has its eyes on a keyless system that could be operated by an App on a smartphone or tablet. "How cool is that?" he says with a laugh. "We're constantly working on new products and trying to come up with new and better things." This picture shows a closeup of the interconnect circuit boards that go in the lock housing of the Bauer keyless electronic door latch.

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