Cummins Power Generation will conduct web seminars June 29 and July 15 concerning the EPA’s implementation of Phase III emission standards for gaseous engines that go into effect Jan. 1, 2011.
Phase III standards will impact the exhaust and evaporative emissions standards for all installed gasoline and LP generators. To assist OEMs who use generators in their vehicles, the one-hour seminars are intended to educate OEM engineers on how these new emissions will impact generator installation.
“Cummins Power Generation wants to assist OEMs to be fully prepared to minimize the impact come January,” said Ed Pickens, Cummins Power Generation marketing manager. “We’re particularly concerned that smaller OEMs who may not be familiar with similar California standards get the message and prepare for the changes. All customers need to be aware of the differences in the EPA vs. California Air Resources Board (CARB) emission rule implementation to prevent violations due to misunderstandings.”
The web seminars will be at 2 p.m. EDT June 29 and July 15. OEMs should register at http://now.cumminspower.com/content/CommercialMobileWebinar to participate.
Cummins Onan Generators is a brand of Cummins Power Generation, a subsidiary of Cummins Inc. , which manufactures, distributes and services engines, fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation. Headquartered in Columbus, Ind., Cummins serves customers in more than 160 countries through its network of 550 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 5,000 dealer locations. The Cummins Onan brand is found on generators and products manufactured for the RV, marine, commercial, residential and portable generator markets.
Cummins Power Generation Inc., a division of Cummins Inc., announced Tuesday (Nov. 10) that it will keep prices of consumer generator sets flat in 2010, due to consumer industry dynamics and market conditions.
Cummins Onan generator sets are employed in RV, marine, residential and a wide variety of mobile commercial and portable applications.
Meanwhile, the company also said it will raise prices for its commercial generator sets between 6 kW and 2500 kW. Prices of generator sets will rise between 1.5% and 2% effective Jan. 1, according to a news release.
This increase is due primarily to current industry dynamics, increasing commodity prices and projected market conditions. Cummins Power Generation’s commercial generator sets are used for continuous, prime and standby power in a variety of commercial and industrial applications.
The average prices of automatic transfer switches and paralleling systems will remain flat in 2010, driven by industry dynamics and projected market conditions. Like the company’s generator sets, Cummins Power Generation’s transfer switches and paralleling systems are used for continuous, standby and prime power in a wide range of commercial and industrial applications.
The RV industry should finish this year strong, in the opinion of one key industry supplier — Garry Enyart, director of RV business for Cummins Power Generation, Minneapolis, Minn.
Enyart, of course, is not alone in that opinion.
”What we are seeing is that 2009 is a non-traditional demand curve,” Enyart told RVBusiness during the recent RV Dealers International Convention in Las Vegas. ”Obviously, the first half of the year was relatively slow, but the last half of the year is going to finish strong. I believe that Q1 of 2010 will be a good quarter as well and 2010 looks to be a good year overall compared to 2009 and the last half of 2008.”
Enyart said his expectations are based on the fact that Cummins, a supplier of Onan generators, has watched dealer inventories closely and tracked some of the larger dealers.
”As we’ve watched their inventory, obviously, the motorized inventory has been drawn down as have the towables” he said. ”We are seeing lead times extended by a number of both towable and motorized manufacturers. We think that bodes well for the future, as well as stabilization of manufacturing schedules at the OEMs. That means fewer shutdowns than last year.”
Enyart said he still has faith that the Baby Boomer generation that has begun to retire will be looking to make lifestyle changes.
”Starting in 2010 for 14 years — on average — every eight seconds, somebody turns 60,” Enyart said. ”That’s 340,000 people a month. That’s a significant demographic.”
And he’s convinced that those retirees will look to purchase RVs, he said.
”Many of my (non-RV industry) friends are looking at the RV lifestyle as a way to keep life simpler,” Enyart offered. ”You don’t have to have real estate in Florida where you have to worry about hurricane insurance and a lot of added costs and taxes going up. You can be mobile and at a variety of price points, you can lead a nice lifestyle.”
The Recreation Vehicle Education Safety Foundation (RVSEF) will take on an expanded role educating consumers about RVs and the RV lifestyle during a Sept. 13-16 clinc prior to the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show in Hershey, Pa.
“The number of RVers attending rallies is down, but the percentage of people attending our weighing and driving seminars actually is up,” said Walter Cannon, executive director of the Merrit Island, Fla.-based RVSEF.
Seminars will be presented by Workhorse Custom Chassis Inc., Spartan Chassis Inc., Freightliner Custom Chassis Inc., Cummins Inc.’s Onan generator division and Gary Motley of Motley RV Repair, Oklahoma City, Okla., in addition to the Geeks on Tour, who will teach Internet-related subjects, Nick Russell, publisher of Gypsy Journal, an RV lifestyle magazine, and Mac McCoy, who will instruct on fire and personal safety.
Cannon’s foundation has a full-time team on the road attending about 40 rallies a year sponsoring safety seminars focused on weighing loaded RVs and providing weight-safety instruction. RVSEF — the successor organization to “A’Weigh We Go” founded by John Anderson in Chucky, Tenn. — weighed about 1,500 motorhomes and towable RVs last year.
“We are seeing a decrease in the number of RVers who are overloading their tires,” Cannon said. “The tire manufacturers … have convinced RV manufacturers to install tires for how RVers are using their coaches.”
E-mails promoting the Pennsylvania clinic have gone out to potential RVers visiting the Go RVing Coalition’s gorving.com website, with another round of e-mail and postal mail followups planned early this summer.
The RVSEF clinic at the Wildwood Conference Center at Harrisburg (Pa.) Community College, in a manner of speaking, will fill a vacancy left by the poplar Life On Wheels program, which shut its doors in October following the death of founder Gaylord Maxwell. Maxwell sponsored his last Life on Wheels conference the week before the 2008 Hershey Show.
Dry camping for 100 rigs will be available at the college, and those attending for $249 for the first person and $199 for the second also will receive a three-day pass to the Hershey Show Sept. 16-20. Retail days are Sept. 14-15.
“The general need for a program like this is two-pronged,” Cannon said. “For the new owners, it enables them to understand their RV and the RV lifestyle so that they can get the most enjoyment out of their RV dollar.
“The second thing is that 30% of the attendees at Life on Wheels were non-RV owners. They were educating themselves about RVs before committing themselves to the expense. And about 90% of them purchased an RV during the next six months. It wasn’t a dealer or manufacturer talking to them, and they left Gaylord’s clinics feeling that they had the tools to make a decision about how to spend their money wisely.”