April '17

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48 • RV PRO • April 2017 rv-pro.com A F T E R M A R K E T N ew RV products hit the market at a fast and furious pace these days, yet more often than not, true innova- tion seems rare. That's why Roadmaster Inc., a com- pany with a more conservative approach to product introduction, made sure its latest tow bar is bringing both style and substance. The Nighthawk gets style points for being illuminated – an industry first – as well as an eye-popping finish that's also easy to grip. For substance, the tow bar has been built with power cord and safety cable management in mind, plus extreme durability. At a glance, it's an impressive piece of towing equipment, but it also represents decades of intense engineering that began when Jerry Edwards founded Roadmaster in the 1970s. Back then, finite elemental analysis, or FEA, wasn't used to study such things as tow bars. Edwards made do with pen and paper and came up with what became the StowMaster, based on a patent he purchased in the early 1980s. A few years later, he gave his drawings to an engineer who used FEA to determine issues that the tow bar already had been experiencing in the field. It made Edwards a believer, according to David Robinson, longtime Roadmaster vice president. "At that point, we invested right around $250,000 in com- Roadmaster's new Nighthawk brings a touch of cool to tow bars. The supplier's latest offering builds on its history of product innovation and quality. By Mike Harbour Illuminating Towing A Roadmaster employee makes adjustments to one of the company's new Nighthawk lighted tow bars being installed on a motorhome. PHOTOS BY NATALIE BEHRING

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