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RV News Exclusive: Dometic Debuts PowerChannel Awning Hardware Rail

Fri Mar 17, 2017

148976775498730.jpgTrue to its newly rebranded name, Dometic has come out with a product designed to make mobile living easier.

The Elkhart, Indiana-based company and the largest aftermarket supplier in the industry has announced the new Dometic PowerChannel Awning Hardware Rail to the industry.

The power rail attaches to an existing awning arm and allows the RVer to add accessories directly to the arm after connecting to a 12-volt battery. Some of the accessories that can be added include a fan, a light, a speaker and more.

Dometic’s 9100 Power Awning was created previously, which had the functionality of connecting several accessories, but Miller says the size and cost of the awning proved to be prohibitive, Dometic Director of Marketing Trey Miller says.

“The issue we had heard from a lot of people, OEs and dealers that anything we can do to retrofit some kits for existing awnings so we don’t have to have this big bulky one,” Miller says. “So we developed this. It’s a neat product in that it cuts the cost way back and it can be used in the OE side as well as retrofitting a current awning.”

The awning hardware rail is both weather and UV resistant, so it can be used outside, without the need for long, inhibiting extension cords. It also allows for five accessories to be powered using the same rail, providing versatile use.

It will mount directly to the Dometic 9100 Power Awning hardware and can be functional with the awning in an open or closed position. It provides simultaneous connection of multiple and different types of accessories, without the use of any extension cords.

The rail comes in both black and white. It measures 1.26 inches tall, 27.49 inches wide and 2.42 inches deep and weighs 1.4 pounds.

The Dometic marketing department has sent out initial sales samples, while the full production is about to begin.

“We work closely with OEMs and dealers and understand what the issues are in the marketplace,” Miller says. “We hear that they don’t like to have extension cords running all over the awning to set up a fan or set up lights. This is a way to get rid of all those extension cords. It gives the consumer additional functionality and features, without having to go out and run long extension cords and standalone fans.”