Elkhart, Ind. — Ground Control® TT, by Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI®), was well received at this year’s Elkhart RV Open House. The industry’s first ever one-touch leveling system for travel trailers is now offered as a standard feature on several 2017 model units.
2017 units committed to feature the system include Dutchmen RV’s Kodiak Ultimate, Denali and Aerolite travel trailers, Keystone RV’s Laredo, Sprinter and Cougar product lines on select models, K-Z’s Spree travel trailers, Forest River Rockwood, Flagstaff and XLR will offer the system on select models.
With a newly designed LED interface and a first ever integrated tongue jack, Ground Control TT levels travel trailers in under three minutes by simply pressing the Auto Level button. Once the automatic leveling sequence is set into motion, a set of front and rear jacks stabilize and level the trailer using LCI’s leveling technology. The newly designed tongue jack, which LCI will also sell as a stand-alone product, also memorizes the trailer’s hitch height during this process, the first of its kind to feature such technology.
“When automatic leveling was first introduced to the fifth-wheel market years ago, the migration of the product from higher priced fifth-wheels to all fifth-wheel models, regardless of price point, was relatively gradual. Based on feedback, it appears the adoption of automatic leveling within the travel trailer market is going to move much, much faster than we saw in the fifth-wheel market,” commented Andy Murray, LCI’s Vice President of Sales. “This shift in momentum seems to stem from the RV community’s improved understanding of the value an automatic leveling system gives to motorized and fifth-wheel units. Given the high expectations for a trouble-free camping experience from today’s consumer, it’s been a natural, and expected, migration of automatic leveling into the travel trailer market.”
Lippert originally brought automatic leveling technology to the fifth-wheel market in 2009. Today, the majority of fifth-wheel manufacturers offer it either as a standard feature or as an option. LCI introduced its industry-first automatic Ground Control TT leveling system for travel trailers in April 2016 and expects to achieve similar results. An aftermarket kit is expected to be ready in spring 2017.
Click here to view a short video on the Ground Control TT travel trailer leveling system.
From over 65 manufacturing and distribution facilities located throughout the United States and in Canada, Ireland, Italy, and the United Kingdom, Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI®), a subsidiary of LCI Industries (NYSE:LCII), supplies a broad array of highly engineered components for the leading original equipment manufacturers of the leisure and mobile transportation industries, 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. LCI also supplies 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 chassis 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; furniture and mattresses; entry, luggage, patio, and ramp doors; electric and manual entry steps; awnings and awning accessories; electronic components; televisions and sound systems; navigation systems; backup cameras; appliances; and other accessories. Additional information about Lippert Components and its products can be found at LippertComponents.com.
Lippert Components, Inc.
3501 County Road 6 East
Elkhart, IN 46514
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