RV Products announced that the winner of the 5 millionth A/C unit is Kyle Spilker of DeWitt, Neb. The golden shrouded unit was purchased at Apache Camper Center in Lincoln, Neb. Spilker received a Coleman-Mach Mach 8 15,000 Btu air conditioner that was installed on his fifth-wheel trailer, two MaxxFan Deluxe ventilation fans and one MaxxAir II vent cover with free installation, and a $500 gift certificate for Apache Camper Center. Spilker also received an all-expense paid trip to visit the RV Products production facility in Wichita, Kan. Shown in the photo are (L-R) Betsy and Kyle Spilker, and Apache Camper Center employees Troy Walvoord, Darel Peitzmeier, JoAnn Sothan and David Sothan. In addition to selling the 5 millionth unit, Apache Camper Center received an Alaskan Cruise for two and a free Coleman-Mach Mach 15 air conditioner to replace the milestone unit. The golden air conditioner will be sent to the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. Since 1967, all Coleman-Mach air conditioners and heat pumps have been built in its Wichita manufacturing facility. RV Products manufactures air conditioners and combo electric heat models, including power-saving high efficiency models, rough-duty models, and ultra-low profile Mach 8 models. For more information visit www.airxcel.com.
Wichita, Kan.-based RV industry supplier Airxcel Inc. set up shop this week (Feb. 13-16) in Coast Distribution System Inc.’s Husky Towing Products Research, Design & Training facility on the east side of the RV-building center of Elkhart, Ind., to present their 2012 product lines to northern Indiana RV manufacturers. “It gives us an opportunity to get product managers, product development people, owners and procurement people together all at once, which is great,” reports Pierre Briglio, vice president of sales and marketing. Briglio said he appreciated the use of the facility operated by California-based Coast, exclusive distributor for Airxcel’s Coleman-Mach RV air conditioners, which Airxcel and its predecessor company, RV Products, have been making since 1967. While in town, Airxcel — also known for its Suburban-brand furnaces, ranges, cooktops and water heaters — was also talking up a new series of low-profile, Coleman-Mach 8 air conditioners. The Coleman-Mach 8, due for a spring introduction, is only eight inches high. And it’s not only the new air conditioner’s size that 950-employee Airxcel is promoting, but also the fact that it – unlike some of its newest competitors – is domestically made. “We never went to China,” said Briglio, whose firm operates manufacturing facilities in Wichita, Dayton, Tenn., and Cordele, Ga. “We build everything (in terms of air conditioners) in Wichita, Kan., and we’re proud of it. Coleman has a good name – the Coleman-Mach air conditioner and Suburban products – and we are from the United States of America.”