Stef and I recently attended Advanced RV‘s “Advanced Fest” in Ohio. We were there mainly to lead exercise sessions and to give a seminar on healthy RVing, but also had fun attending other sessions and nerding-out (as Stef says) with fellow RV enthusiasts. As the sessions were winding down, we were able to grab CEO Mike Neundorfer for a quick video about what new developments have been going on in Advanced RV’s Class Bs over the past year. Check it out:
To those of you with recent Advanced RVs, or those of you who were there, you probably already know all of this. But for those of you who weren’t, we got updates from Mike on three main topics:
- Continued development of their lithium battery setup and control systems: Advanced RV is putting 800 amp-hours of lithium batteries in their RVs now, and doing away with the traditional generator. Making the best use of lithium batteries requires some special attention, and Mike filled us in on some of what Advanced RV is doing in this area. Specifically, we discussed temperature regulation for charging, and the control systems they use to monitor their batteries (every cell, temperature and voltage, 100% of the time), and also limit depth of discharge (factory-set at 80%, but owners can adjust this). Properly managing a lithium battery setup is a whole field unto itself, and these are just some of the things Advanced RV is doing to make the technology accessible to RVers.
- The Smart Plug: A crossover product from the yachting industry, the Smart Plug is now being fitted to Advanced RVs. A plug might seem a simple thing, but this one allows increased safety, easier connecting and disconnecting, and thermal runaway protection. That’s doing a lot for a part most of us take for granted. And, of course, now I want one.
- Natural Latex Foam: Stef and I are huge fans of natural latex foam. This came about when a discount-store “memory foam” mattress pad tried to kill me with its off-gassing. Ever since then, we’ve bought no more of the stuff. We’re excited to see that Advanced RV is now offering real natural latex foam as an option for its customers in beds and seating. Hurrah!
There were a lot more things discussed at Advanced Fest (4×4 Sprinters, articulating beds, wheel options, etc). And I’m sure we can count on them to continue to explore new technologies for RVers in the coming years as well.
Thanks for watching!