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Mon Dec 4, 2017
Author: Scott Hansen
Dometic unveiled several new products at the RVIA National Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky, Nov. 27-30.
Based on customer feedback, Dometic debuted the new Signature Kitchen Suite, which makes the appliances match throughout the kitchen, something customers surveyed said would influence their buying decisions.
“What we found when we surveyed RV owners is that 71 percent of them said one of the things that would affect their decision is the kitchen that looked more cohesive,” Dometic Public Relations Manager Kristin Howard says. “That’s an opportunity. We put together a refrigerator, the cooktops and an oven range that all match.”
A microwave also will be added to the Signature Series, but that appliance wasn’t on display at the show. The Signature Suite includes a redesigned 6- or 8-foot Americana or Americana Plus Refrigerator, a 2-burner drop-in or 3-burner slide-in oven range, a new range hood and the coordinating microwave.
Dometic also displayed the new Moderno Toilet with VeriFlush Technology, which allows RVers to choose any of four types of flushing, from Gravity Flush, Rush Flush, VacuFlush and Master Flush for the toilets throughout the coach.
“With this, you can have two toilets in the RV, one up front and one in the back, and, before, you would have needed two different flushing technologies which means two different types of toilets because of where the holding tank is,” Howard says. “But people wanted matching ones. With this technology, you can have the toilet bowls that look the same and still offer different flushing technologies.”
The Moderno also comes with a hand wave sensor, where it will recognize the different types of waves as the command for which flushing technology to employ, Howard says.
Also on display were a couple of new refrigerator/freezer options. The new Dual CFXW 75 offers two compartments inside, one of which that can be a freezer all the way down to -7 degrees, while the other can be a refrigerator that can cool up to 50 degrees.
The large compartments can hold up to 113 cans and has an overall capacity of 80 quarts. The unit can run off of 12-volt battery or can also run off solar power.
“This appeals to RVers but also to people who off road anywhere,” Howard says. “Their food will stay good wherever they are. There are a few different markets for this, so the market reach is broad. It also has a battery sensor, so when you have it plugged into the car, it will shut off if it recognizes that it’s starting to drain the battery.”
The final new product Dometic displayed at the show was a new right angle gear for the 9200 awning. The gear moves quickly and quietly, taking less than 30 seconds to get the awning completely out, while some competitors can take as long as a minute, Howard says. It also comes with a power channel that can be attached to the roller tube for different accessories.
RVers can snap in anything from a spotlight for reading, a floodlight for illumination, a fan, Bluetooth speakers to play music and a USB station to charge a phone or tablet.