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rv-pro.com March 2017 • RV PRO • 65 Aqua View President Gus Searcy remembers the exact moment when inspiration struck. An avid RVer, Searcy was on an extended camping trip in his Fleetwood Providence motorhome. His provisions were holding up fine, but he was running low on fresh water. Surely, he thought, there was a way to save some of the fresh water that's lost to the gray tank while waiting for the RV's water heater to do its job. At the end of his trip, Searcy visited his local RV dealership and looked for a product that would solve the problem, but couldn't find one. He then searched the Internet for a solution, but again he came up empty-handed. At that point, Searcy decided he would need to invent the product himself. With his previous experience in product development, Searcy created the Showermiser – a high-quality water diverter that redi- rects cold fresh water that would normally be lost to the gray tank back to the fresh water tank while waiting for hot water to reach showerhead. The Showermiser utilizes heat-activated technology that's tied into a return pipe that visually signals (by changing the PVC pipe color from blue to white) when the water is warm. In the closed valve position, cold water recycles to the fresh water tank, but once the water is heated, users simply flip the valve control back to the showerhead to access the hot water. The Showermiser installs anywhere on the non-pressurized side of the fresh water system, such as the fresh water tank or the input side of the water pump. The install process does require a bit of skill, but Searcy says that's actually a benefit to dealerships because they will make money twice: once on the product sale and once on the install. Most RV techs can probably do an install in between 30 minutes and two hours, depending upon the difficulty in accessing the hot water tank, he says. In the short time the product has been on the market (about a year), the Showermiser has already caught on with a number of RV makers, including Forest River, Newmar and Weekend Warrior. The product also has applications for various segments of the marine market: civilian, military and commercial. Searcy says both RV makers and end customers appreciate his product because it reduces water waste, benefiting the environ- ment. Plus, the saved fresh water means RVers can spend more time camping and can avoid prematurely filling up their gray water tank. Aqua View is based in Yorba Linda, Calif., and the Showermiser is proudly made in the U.S.A. What impressed RV PRO: Given that even the largest fresh water tanks hold less than 60 gallons, having enough water to last on an extended camping trip can be a real challenge. Show- ermiser offers an amazingly straightforward and efficient way to solve that problem. www.aquaviewinc.com/rv rv-pro.com March 2017 • RV PRO • 65 Fresh Water-Saving Tool Aqua View President Gus Searcy (left) is pictured with his team in his booth at the NTP-STAG Expo show, where he was promoting the debut of the Showermiser, his company's fresh water-saving tool.

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