Roadmaster Inc.’s Quiet Hitch stops “sway and wander” by eliminating any free play between the receiver and the tow bar for a solid, seamless connection, according to the company.
In a press release Roadmaster noted that consistent pressure keeps the towing combination tracking straight through crosswinds, curves and sudden maneuvers — all with considerably less effort on the driver’s part. Quiet Hitch also reduces tire wear, as well as wear and tear on the hitch and the receiver, by eliminating free play.
Other features include:
• Especially effective on towing combinations with multiple hitch extensions.
• Reduces rattle caused by bike racks or hitch accessories.
• Bolts on in seconds.
• Designed for two-inch hitch receivers.
Towing and suspension equipment provider Roadmaster Inc. announced today (Nov. 21) that it will be adopting a Minimum Advertised Pricing (MAP) policy, effective January 1.
“Over time, our products have continued to be advertised at lower and lower prices as each competitor attempts to outdo the next,” said David Robinson, director of marketing for the Vancouver, Wash.-based company, in a press release. “The end result is a perceived worth of our products that is far lower than the brand and quality demands.”
Robinson noted that MAP pricing is a way to align the perceived value with that of the product and brand, adding, “It also allows our dealers to maintain a profit margin that coincides with the efforts required by a dealer to properly and safely represent the line.”
The full MAP policy, a MAP pricing sheet and a list of frequently asked questions regarding MAP can be found at http://roadmasterinc.com/b2b/map/map_pr.html.
As a major supplier of towing and suspension equipment, it wasn’t surprising to find Roadmaster Inc. debuting a number of new products at the recent National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., but one of them — standing in its own booth — was a decidedly non-Roadmaster-like product.
“Jerry Edwards (Roadmaster’s founder and president) is always looking for new products, something that’s a little bit out of our normal niche,” Wayne Wells, Roadmaster OEM sales manager, told RVBUSINESS.com. “When Stuart Gardner — who’s the ‘brains’ behind the Eclipse — came to Jerry with it, Jerry said ‘that’s a great idea.’ We’ll take anything that’s new and innovative and run with it. It’s a new product line for us, and Jerry’s trying to get out of just being ‘the tow bar manufacturer.’”
“It’s a completely new way to go about sliding out rooms on RVs, by using timing belts and having a four-point support system, where we’re not requiring any interior rollers,” chimed in Gardner. “It’s very simple in its concept, but takes a lot of high technology and applying it to the RV industry.”
According to a Roadmaster release, the Eclipse is designed to solve a number of major problems that sometimes plague RV room extensions. Entirely self-supported by its reinforced-steel belt drive and equipped with a side-mounted motor and a built-in manual override operated from within the RV, the Eclipse is said to end such ailments as sagging, non-operation and, due to its lightweight, modular construction, aids in installation and increases the gross carrying capacity of the slideout. It also reduces water leaks and road noise due to the synchronized even tension on all four corners — courtesy of its reinforced steel belt drive — that maintains tight, even pressure on the seals. There are no cables to deal with, and the unit requires turning just one adjustment nut for easy top and bottom alignment.
“While going down the road, if you have a typical slideout system there’s a tendancy for the slideout — because of passing traffic and the difference in air pressure — for the top to “pop out” a bit and allow water to get in,” said Gardner. “This is a very solid in-and-out system.” Internal water dams channel away any water that does get into the unit.
“Another feature is just being able to not have intrusive rollers on the bottom of the floor, possibly damaging carpeting and tile,” he added.
The Eclipse also doesn’t require use of a storage lock by the customer, and securely connects the slideout room to both the top and the bottom of the RV for improved stability. The low-profile design also allows for taller slideouts. Manufactured at Roadmaster’s new facility in Elkhart, Ind., it can be built for either straight- or contoured-wall applications, with an in-house engineering department available for special applications.
For more information, contact Roadmaster Inc., 6110 NE 127th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98682; (800) 669-9690, www.roadmasterinc.com.
As the use of supplemental braking systems — used to engage the brakes of a towed vehicle — continues to expand, the choices available to consumers has likewise grown into a cottage industry of sorts within the RV industry.
One of the newest concepts to come on the market, the InvisiBrake, was introduced by Roadmaster Inc. during the 48th Annual RV Trade Show in Louisville.
“The InvisiBrake is, as it sounds, the ‘invisible brake,’” said David Robinson, marketing director for the Vancouver, Wash.-based supplier. “Once it’s installed, you see no part of it. It can be installed in the trunk, under the seat, under the back seat, pretty much any orientation that you want to put it in. The goal is to install it once and forget about it. When the customer is ready to tow, there’s nothing he has to turn on, there’s nothing he has to connect — it just works.”
While it’s impressively small in size (8 inches X 7 ½ inches X 3 inches), the InvisBrake allows for mounting in relatively enclosed areas and – in what amounts to the InvisiBrake’s true breakthrough — it can utilize electrical connections already in place on the towed vehicle.
“All of the wiring is using the existing wiring that’s already in the car from the taillights,” he said. “The wiring that you run back from the motorhome to energize the turn signals and the brakes are the exact same wires that we use to operate the InvisiBrake. When you apply the brakes on the motorhome and that electrical signal activates the towed vehicle’s brake lights, it also activates the InvisiBrake.”
By tapping into to the towed vehicle’s wiring harness, the InvisiBrake connects directly to its battery — and constantly charges the battery during towing. “We actually are running a trickle charge,” said Robinson. “It’s charging the dinghy battery the entire time you are towing so there’s no danger of the system draining the battery.”
Intended as a permanently mounted unit in the towed vehicle, the InvisiBrake isn’t as portable as some other units — including Roadmaster’s EvenBrake — but as Robinson pointed out, its benefits outweigh its lack of portability.
“The nice thing about portable braking systems,” he said, “is if you have multiple cars, you can very easily transfer the unit from one car to the next. The downside is, there’s something for you to do every time you want to tow. With this unit, you simply hook up your tow bar and tow car just as you would normally — and you’re done. There’s nothing to push, pull, set, adjust, activate or deactivate.”
Additional features of the InvisiBrake, which will be released in March, include a brake pressure adjustment knob on the front of the unit that provides brake pressure from five to 80 psi, allowing the customer to dial in braking preferences, and a two-stage (audible and visual) motorhome monitor.
Roadmaster Inc., a leading manufacturer of tow bars, tow bar brackets, supplemental braking systems and suspension products, has relocated its customer service and technical support departments to the main plant and corporate headquarters in Vancouver, Wash., the company announced in a news release.
The new address is 6110 NE 127th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98682. The new local phone number is (360) 735-7575, and the new fax number is (360) 735-9300.
Roadmaster’s toll free phone number (800-669-9690), most employee phone extensions and the company’s Internet address (www.roadmasterinc.com) remain the same.