Interconnect product supplier Quest Technology International is bringing its latest video control center (VCC) technology to the RV industry’s aftermarket and OEMs.
The company has an industry history in designing, developing and selling video selector switch boxes. Quest’s new high-definition (HD) VCC’s are based on feedback from several RV manufacturers, the business stated, including performance enhancements and functionality that boosts HD, 4K and Over-the-Air (OTA) capabilities.
“The picture quality and performance are superb on antenna/cable and high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) signal inputs,” the company’s Chief RV Technology Engineer Bob D’Amore said.
The Miami-based company’s analog video switch was introduced in 2003 and installed in thousands of RVs thereafter, Quest stated.
“The housing crash of 2008, which so negatively impacted the industry, caused a pause in the market,” the company stated. “Fast forward a few years later, the industry rebounded and now even in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, RVs and RVing is strong.”
Not all campers have satellite, Quest stated, causing them to rely on OTA and campground cable for TV reception.
“They should not have to settle for poor picture quality when the strong signals delivered to their RVs are degraded by multiple, often piggy-backed, radio frequency (RF) coaxial splitters installed by many RV manufacturers,” the company stated.
Quest stated it increased the performance on the co-ax inputs since its original design. This allows the VCC to send digital HD TV signals from both manual and automatic antenna systems, as well as standard definition (SD) and superior HD signals when connected to a campground’s cable system.
Based on input from RV design engineers, Quest stated a new option will allow manufacturers to choose between HDMI or Cat5/6 topologies within a coach’s cabling infrastructure.
D’Amore noted he tested the new Quest products in two different Type A motorhomes.
“If I could achieve this level of success retrofitting an older model RV, just imagine how easy it would be to install these products at the factory,” D’Amore said. “And imagine the impression this centralized video switching solution will make on potential buyers.”
Quest stated it has created its VCC products for RV manufacturers such as Winnebago Industries, Forest River, Tiffin Motorhomes, Thor Industries and others, in addition to private label switch manufacturing to Winegard.