January '18

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rv-pro.com January 2018 • RV PRO • 55 which is available on Android with an iOS release slated soon. Suburban President Art Klee next demonstrated the benefits of induction cooking. Taking a frying pan that'd been cut in half, he draped bacon onto both the pan and induction cooktop. Within a minute, radio waves sizzled the bacon in the pan, which remained raw on the glass cooktop. Airxcel, Dometic, and ASA Electronics were not alone in showcasing how tech is reshaping the industry. It could be seen all over at nearly every booth – all pointing toward an optimistic, smartphone-con- trolled realm. RVIA Industry Awards The Kampgrounds of America-spon- sored RV Industry Awards met in down- town Louisville at the Mercury Ballroom on Nov. 29, culminating the long days of the trade show. The accolades kicked off that evening with Bob Parish, chairman of the RVIA, who introduced Lorne Armer, VP of KOA's brand development, to the stage. In trying to reach the RV shipment goals of 600,000 and beyond, Armer offered thoughts on the importance of camp- grounds to the industry. "This is a little presumptuous, I believe that KOA is the largest RV showroom on the planet," said Armer. "We're the place that RVs are taken. We're the place that they're seen. And we're the place that they're used in the outdoor experience. There's a great benefit to this industry for that. … We want to continue to be a conduit of information for the industry." A few minutes after that, RVDA's "Quality Circle Awards" were given to RV manufactures who garnered outstanding ratings from the DSI survey. The winners in the towable category were: Airstream; Forest River's XLR divi- sion; Grand Design's Imagine, Momentum, Reflection, and Solitude divisions; Gulf Stream's Vintage Cruiser/Vista Cruiser divi- sion; Hearland's North Trail/Wilderness division; Keystone RV's Cougar, X-Lite, Springdale/ Summerland/Residence divi- sions; K-Z's Spree/Spree Connect/Spree Escape divisions; Lance's t trailer/toy hauler, truck camper divisions; and Livin' Lite. Winners in the motorized category included: Airstream, Gulf Stream, Lei- sure Travel Vans/Triple E, Newmar, Plea- sure-Way and Tiffin. The Tiffin family was then asked to stay on stage as Bob Tiffin received the Titan Award, reflecting on his achievements and legacy, going from a farm to a respected RV manufacturer. Following that, the David J Humphrey's "Industry Unity Award" was given to Brian Wilkins of Wilkins RV for his efforts in get- ting multiple constituencies of the industry work more cohesively together. Separately, Derald Bontrager, CEO of Jayco, was given with the "Distinguished Service to the RV Industry Award" – the Association's highest honor. "I couldn't have done this without the support of my lovely wife, Cindy," said Bontrager, gesturing toward her in the audience. "I've often said that our industry is made up of the best people in the world. That includes dealers, suppliers, manufac- turers, and, yes, even competitors. That's what I'll cherish most as I think back on my career." The RVIA Show isn't all business. A new social event at the 2017 show was a "Pub Crawl" where drinks where served at stations on the show floor.

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