They are quieter and more efficient, says Garry Enyart, Cummins Power Generation’s director of RV and commercial mobile products
He was describing the differences between products like the company’s two-millionth RV generator, which came off the line Dec. 16, and the very first models made in the early 1960s.
The company celebrated the milestone in Fridley, Minn., with cake, punch, commemorative T-shirts and caps and by raffling off a portable generator, which was won by a lucky manufacturing line employee.
Enyart said the actual two-millionth RV generator manufactured – an 8-kilowatt diesel unit – would be placed in the Cummins Onan museum in the company’s Fridley manufacturing plant. The one-millionth unit was placed there in 1995, he said. The museum holds one of nearly ever model ever made.
“We entered the RV business in the early 1960s when the motorized units first hit the market and there was a need for power for air conditioners and other accessories,” Enyart said in an interview.
“We’ve been in it continuously. The significance of reaching two million is that we have been the leading fixed-mount generator to the RV industry for a long time.”
The company’s early generators were gas-powered and notably louder than today’s models. A chart presented at the Fridley event showed a steady drop in decibel levels starting in 1980, going from nearly 80 dB(A) to below 70. Sound levels continued to drop to meet National Park Service sound level requirements (60 dB(A) @ 50 ft).
Tony Satterthwaite, president of Cummins Power Generation, Cathy Buening-Griffin, executive director of the Consumer business, and RVIA President Richard Coon were on hand in Fridley to discuss the future of the RV business and the role Cummins has played in the industry. Cummins makes generators for commercial, commercial mobile, marine and residential standby applications in addition to its line of RV products.
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) held another successful Trouble Shooter Clinic March 9-13 at Ivy Tech Community College in Elkhart, Ind., continuing 20 consecutive years of providing expert instruction on key RV systems.
The week-long hands-on program was made possible through the support of Industry suppliers Norcold/Thetford, RVP/Suburban Manufacturing, Marshall Gas Controls, Manchester Tank & Equip. Co., Cequent Performance Products, Parallax Power Components LLC, Shurflo, Atwood Mobile Products, Cummins/Onan, Dometic Corp., Dexter Axle Co., RVP/Airxcell, and Equalizer Systems.
The clinic focused on basic electricity, propane theory and safety practices, with each supplier offering in-depth instruction on design, operation, maintenance and trouble shooting procedures for their products and providing units for demonstration and hands-on student work. The intensive workshop courses are designed to give service technicians the latest in diagnostic trouble shooting procedures and increase service proficiency to benefit RV owners, dealers and manufacturers alike.
Immediately following the clinic an RV Service Technician Certification test was given to those seeking to become Certified and Master Certified Technicians. The program is designed to assist RV owners and industry members in identifying those professionals who have demonstrated the knowledge and ability to satisfy established standards in RV diagnostic and repair procedures.
Service technicians came to the Elkhart clinic from numerous locations, traveling from as far away as Nevada, Texas, Florida and Canada to take part in the program.
The clinics will begin again in the fall and are currently scheduled to be held in Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Texas and Indiana.
For more information on the program, contact the RVIA at (703) 620-6003 or visit www.rvia.org.