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Forest River’s new Work and Play Catalyst is the first to feature Lippert Components® Android-based Linc Pad to control multiple systems

March 18, 2014

Elkhart, Ind. — Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI®) is pleased to announce that Forest River’s new Work and Play fifth-wheel Catalyst brand RV is the first to feature LCI’s touch-screen, Android-based Linc Pad wireless tablet to control several key functions.

Linc Pad technology allows Catalyst owners to control all three slide rooms, LCI’s six-point Level Up system, awning, awning lights, generator, tank monitor and, as an option, LCI’s Happijac bed lift. Users can control functions from within 50 feet of the fifth-wheel and monitor the progress of external functions from outside the RV. Users can also use the Linc Pad to download Android-compatible applications, access the internet, take photos, play games, etc.

“We wanted our customers to have access to the most cutting-edge technology, and LCI’s Linc Pad and Linc wiring technology does it all,” said Kevin Finn, Forest River Work and Play General Manager. “Customers can even upload their favorite music to the Linc Pad and listen to it using our integrated Bluetooth radio.”

Finn also emphasized the great benefits of Linc technology for the manufacturing process. “Linc technology saves us money and time during manufacturing because it drastically reduces complicated wiring as it is wired to the master controller with a single data cable,” said Finn. “This saves us money on material, saves us time and promotes quality — less wiring means less opportunity for wires to mistakenly get disconnected or damaged during production.”

LCI Vice President of RV Sales Andy Murray believes customers are getting more comfortable with newer technology. “Forest River is the first to make our Linc Pad standard on a fifth-wheel brand,” said Murray. “We have all seen electronic controls become the norm in the automotive industry in recent years, and it seems the RV industry is ready to start the same evolution. We are excited to offer a wireless platform that not only integrates all the critical RV functions, but also makes the manufacturing process easier for our customers — it’s a true win-win!”

About LCI Industries®

From over 70 manufacturing and distribution facilities located throughout North America and Europe, LCI Industries, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Lippert Components, Inc., supplies, domestically and internationally, a broad array of highly engineered components for the leading OEMs in the recreation and transportation product markets, consisting of recreational vehicles and adjacent industries, including buses; trailers used to haul boats, livestock, equipment, and other cargo; trucks; boats; trains; manufactured homes; and modular housing. The Company also supplies engineered components to the related aftermarkets of these industries primarily by selling to retail dealers, wholesale distributors, and service centers. LCI's products include steel chassis and related components; axles and suspension solutions; slide-out mechanisms and solutions; thermoformed bath, kitchen, and other products; vinyl, aluminum, and frameless windows; manual, electric, and hydraulic stabilizer and leveling systems; entry, luggage, patio, and ramp doors; furniture and mattresses; electric and manual entry steps; awnings and awning accessories; electronic components; appliances; televisions, sound systems, navigation systems, and backup cameras; and other accessories. Additional information about LCI and its products can be found at www.lci1.com.

Lippert Components, Inc.
3501 County Road 6 East
Elkhart, IN 46514
Email: marcom@lci1.com