June '18

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42 • RV PRO • June 2018 rv-pro.com A F T E R M A R K E T Not surprisingly, that's become a greater challenge as demand for electrical power increases by leaps and bounds in new models, whether it's the need to increase that supply or simply add ports and recep- tacles from which to draw power. Integration and synergy under the Marinco division also helps bring new products from the marine market into the RV world. Bischoff specifically cites multiplexing, switching systems, and even lithium-ion batteries. "Those are designed to not only simplify the user experience, but also to extend their time off the grid," he says. "Since camping off-grid is becoming a bigger trend that's supported by lithi- um-ion technology, we're bring that into the RV OEM market, as well." However, that's hardly the end of the story. Interest in home automation also is growing larger, and that's an area where ParkPower can tap into Power Prod- ucts' long experience in other areas of the electrical market, particularly with multiplexing. "We're working with another com- pany that's designed an iPhone App that will allow an owner to monitor his coach remotely," Bischoff says. "That person will get a text message from the unit saying the battery is getting low and you need to turn on the battery charger, or the lights have been left on, or someone unauthorized is taking the unit for a ride. "We'll see more and more of that as we move forward," he adds. "I think it will improve the RV experience." Just as Power Products has manu- facturing facilities around the country and the world, the integration of its Glenn Viesselmann runs tests on a surge protector in the company's testing lab. All of the company's electrical products undergo rigorous testing. Matt Elsner, group product manager for ParkPower, looks over detachable power products arranged for a store display. While the company's products aren't exactly glamorous, they make connecting an RV with AC or DC power quick and easy.

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