The new portable system, which is easy to transfer from one vehicle to another, transmits complete braking information to a wireless monitor in the motorhome. The monitor shows when the brakes are applied and can alert the driver to any change in the system’s status. It also can alert the driver to a low battery in the towed vehicle. The Even Brake has self-diagnostic features to detect any problem, and terrain-sensing circuitry to prohibit the system from overreacting to abrupt dips or jolts caused by speed bumps or potholes. An emergency braking system is included to bring the towed vehicle to a stop if it is ever separated from the motorhome.
For more information, contact Roadmaster, 5602 NE Skyport Way, Portland, OR 97218. Phone (800) 669-9690 or visit www.roadmasterinc.com
Onan Unveils JuiceBox
The Onan JuiceBox, which will be introduced at The Rally at Daytona Beach, Florida, in April, is a self-contained generator that can be attached to a class III frame-mounted hitch receiver of a large towable RV.
“Because the JuiceBox consumes no valuable RV storage space, it provides towable RV owners with an economical, reliable alternative to an installed genset,” said Mike Kline, marketing manager for Onan’s towable RV division. He added that the JuiceBox can easily be removed for maintenance, storage, or transfer to another RV.
The JuiceBox houses the Onan genset and starting battery in a plastic clamshell with an electrical panel complete with a 30-amp shore cord outlet and four 20-amp GFI-protected utility outlets, battery charger with status indicator and hour meter. A wireless remote-control starter is included at no extra cost. For information, visit www.funroads.com
U-Line Offers New Icemakers
If you spend time on the water or on the road, ice is one of the essentials. To make sure you won’t run out of ice, you could buy a U-Line 95 series icemaker that can produce 23 pounds of ice daily.
The units come with reversible doors, a see-through removable ice bucket that stores12 pounds of ice, and a travel pin to keep the door securely closed. Installation requires a one-quarter-inch diameter waterline connection. The units, which use less electricity than a 75-watt light bulb, are a little more than 15 inches wide and 25 inches high. Depth is 17 inches. Suggested retail prices are $929 or $979, depending on the model. For information, contact U-Line Corporation, P. O. Box 245040, Milwaukee, WI 53224-9540. The website is www.u-line.com.
Crazy Creek Builds Crazy Legs
Crazy Creek has introduced a new collapsible chair called the Crazy Legs with Swivel Table. It is a framed chair with a table attached. The person sitting in the chair can place the table in front or swivel it around to the side. The table also can be adjusted to several angles.
Rob Hart, president of Crazy Creek, said, “This is the ideal seat for relaxing, reading, eating, art projects, needlepoint or anything that requires a stable surface. The table is patent pending and is the first of its kind anywhere.” The table has a raised edge that can serve as a book rest or keep things from sliding off. The chair is 32 inches high and 19 inches wide and is priced at $89.
For information, contact Crazy Creek Products, P. O. Box 1050, 1401 S. Broadway, Red Lodge, MT 59068. Phone (800) 331-0304 or visit www.crazycreek.com.
Fleetguard Changes Oil Filter
Fleetguard, a unit of Cummins Inc., has introduced what it describes as the first user-friendly oil and fuel filter for the highway, off-highway and marine engine markets. The company says the new filter is easy to grip, install and remove and won’t tip over when it is set down.
The filter is composed of composite materials that Fleetguard says make it superior to metal-cased filters. The new Fleetguard filter has a built-in one-way socket for easy installation and removal and has a flat, no-spill bottom.
The filter is composed of advanced polymers, making it 50 percent lighter than comparable metal filters. Fleetguard says the filter is also dent-resistant and stands up to temperature extremes. For more information, visit www.fleetguard.com.
Dirt Devil Upgrades Vacuum
H-P Products has introduced a new version of its central vacuum system for RVs that the company says offers 15 percent more cleaning power and will last 50 percent longer than the previous model.
The new Dirt Devil CV950 has a system that can be installed under seats, in a closet or in a storage compartment. It weighs 14 pounds and has a one-gallon storage capacity. The unit comes with a tool kit that contains a seven-foot hose that is expandable to nearly 30 feet, a two-piece wand set, a rug tool, a crevice nozzle, upholstery and dusting brush, and a handheld turbine brush. It is designed to eliminate allergens, dust and debris from an RV to create a clean and healthy environment.
For more information, contact H-P Products, 512 W. Gorgas, Louisville, OH 44641. Phone (330) 875-5556 or visit www.centralvacheadquarters.com.
International Debuts New Truck
The International RXT, which is scheduled to begin rolling off the assembly line this month, is a new, sporty addition to the XT family of high-powered pickup trucks that International is producing for what it calls the “image truck market”—customers who buy trucks to create an image about themselves or their business.
The International RXT has a starting price of $76,000 and is designed for buyers who want to tow RVs, boats, horse trailers and motorsports equipment. The truck is powered by a diesel engine in the 230-310 horsepower range, and has seating for five. Custom interior options include leather seats. Towing capacity of the standard production model is 11.25 tons. A fifth wheel version can tow up to 14.75 tons.
International builds its XT family of pickups on commercial truck platforms. The first model in the series, the CXT, became the world’s largest production pickup truck when it was introduced in 2004. Starting price for the CXT, which is aimed primarily at business owners, is $115,000.
For more information, contact International Truck and Engine Corporation at (888) 44-TRUCK or visit www.internationaldelivers.com.
Last month’s item about the Movin’ View, Winegard’s new satellite television antenna for RVs, listed an incorrect telephone number for Winegard. The company can be reached at (800) 288-8094 or (319) 754-0600.