Thor Motor Coach partners with Australian company to create smart technology

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MELBOURNE, Australia — BMPRO, a supplier of control and power management systems to the Australian RV industry, announced today it has secured a substantial contract with Thor Motor Coach for 2019.

While BMPRO has been the exclusive partner with local Australian companies such as Jayco, New Age and Concept Caravans for more than 10 years, this is an Australian first to see substantial volumes now being exported to the world’s largest RV market, said CEO Louise Bayliss.

RVMaster is a RV control and monitoring system for easy management of RV features via a console or an app. The RVMaster monitors water tanks, tyre pressure, doors, windows, temperatures, propane levels and more, while it controls functions such as lighting, slide-outs, awnings, heating, air conditioning and generators.

The RVMaster has a fixed console panel and also offers the flexibility of performing the same functionality by coupling with an app on the RV user’s own phone.

“It has been an exciting journey for BMPRO in adapting its technologies and capabilities learned from the Australian RV market to a product relevant and suitable for U.S. requirements,” said Bayliss.

“Our software development team has more than doubled to tackle the project embracing rapid 3D printing prototyping, advanced Bluetooth technology, new U.S.-centric industry communication protocols and, of course, the ability to partner with cloud-based applications,” she said.

A new BMPRO sales and support team has been established in Elkhart, the heart of the United States RV market, along with offices and warehousing. First deliveries for trial installations have been shipped this month with full production expected shortly.

“Utilizing the state-of-the-art facility in Knoxfield, Victoria, it is exhilarating to see production ramping up knowing that very shortly we will be exporting our expertise,” said Bayliss.

“As the largest manufacturer of control and power management systems in Australian RV market, BMPRO is one of the pioneers of using digital platforms in RVs with one of the world’s largest install bases of smart power management systems,” she added.

“BMPRO now has one of the world’s most advanced systems which are flexible and scalable,” Bayliss explained. “It’s easy to add features and sensors as the design of the RV evolves or the user decides that they wish to add features and expand their system.

“These are exciting times for BMPRO to now be entering the U.S. market with such a substantial RV partner who has seen the opportunity to strategically align with BMPRO to develop and supply a RV control and monitoring system,” she explained.

The RVMaster is flexible in its capabilities and is customizable for each partner, which means that in such a competitive market it gives the manufacturers the ability to differentiate themselves, Bayliss noted.

“We don’t want to see our customers locked into a proprietary system. We want them to be able to integrate products from a range of suppliers. BMPRO will stay independent,” she promised.

“We are an independent integrator of RV products from multiple suppliers — an alternative to what many RV manufacturers are previously used to,” said Bayliss. “Our focus is collaborating deeply with our customers to ensure that those who partner with BMPRO are kept at front of the market with these opportunities.”

For more information about BMPRO, visit www.teambmpro.com.

SOURCE: BMPRO press release

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at editor@rvdailyreport.com.

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