Forest Rivers 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!”
From over 140 manufacturing and distribution facilities located throughout North America, Africa and Europe, Lippert™ supplies a broad array of highly engineered components for the leading manufacturers of recreational vehicles and prefab homes. It also operates in adjacent markets, including marine, bus, industrial vehicles and trains. Lippert™ also serves a wide range of aftermarket segments, providing high quality products for the caravanning, automotive and marine industries. With over 15,000 team members, and a diverse portfolio of best-in-class brands, Lippert™ adopts a team-based business philosophy and has proven that, by putting people first, the possibilities for growth and development are truly endless.
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