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Old 08-15-2007, 08:36 PM   #1
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Althought this post has nothing to do with Sunline, I thought I would share this with you all.

I may have mentioned this before on this forum. I can't say how I know this, as I don't want to identify my current employer, but this is not just a wacky concept.

I know with about 90% certainty we will be seeing this in use in a short while. In fact, the RV industry has some unbelievable $ figures in repair warranty costs for structural issues dealing with floors, walls, etc. Not to mention the stress to make them lighter, so we can tow with less TV.

This will change the industry, and hopefully make it better for all of us. When I hear more I will try to add to the forum.

Some links:

http://www.rvaftermarkettoday.com/on...&siteSection=6

http://www.rv-news.com/newrvnews/News_Story.cfm?ID=33

http://www.tmdesignresearch.com/julypressrelease.html
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Old 08-15-2007, 08:57 PM   #2
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I doubt this link was supposed to be out in the public yes, but since its not my company, I think maybe my last post will make more sense on the business case for this technology:

http://www.tmdesignresearch.com/DOWT...essRelease.pdf
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Old 08-18-2007, 07:56 PM   #3
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That's some interesting reading. I'd love to see one on the road and be able to actually see what it's like inside.

We were just talking with a manufacturer about how the RV industry hasnt really changed since the original design. That would be cool to see some new concepts come out that actually work.

Thanks for sharing

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Old 08-19-2007, 12:42 PM   #4
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That's interesting from a manufactuing standpoint, but from a customer's viewpoint, I'm not so sure. The TT's that were produced 50 years ago were more aerodynamic than the boxy styles of today. I think the wisdom then was that they should be as aerodynamic looking as the vehicles towing them. But I think that people who buy these units may be more interested in the usable interior space than the fuel efficiency while towing since they spend more time parked on a campsite than in tow. The other benefits, like one piece construction eliminating leaks, the lighter weight and the elimination of formaldehydes certainly will be big plusses. As far as better resale value, I doubt it, something newer and better will take care of that one.
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Old 08-20-2007, 11:36 AM   #5
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I also got wind of some "intermediate" products near breakthrough. Since many of the manufacturers REALLY want to ditch the luan (or any type of wood product) flooring, will will start to see composite material for strength and rigidity.

I could imagine that Sunline would have been and early adopter of such new products .
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