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Clackamas, Ore.-based Komfort Corp. recently announced that it will introduce a new line of composite travel trailers and fifth-wheels at the 46th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., Dec. 2-4.
According to the Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary, the lightweight SATELLITE series will be the first brand offering from Komfort’s new composite division using technology developed by TekModo LLC, Elkhart, Ind. Units will be available in 24- to 34-foot lengths.
“We will be using TekModo’s CosmoLite composites in place of all of the traditional wood substrates and decking materials,” said John Attila, Komfort president. “Not only is this material significantly lighter, but it is also three times stronger than the wood substrates it replaces.”
Komfort said that CosmoLite is also a formaldehyde-free product with no off-gassing of volatile organic compounds (V.O.C.’s), and is completely recyclable.
The SATELLITE features a new roof construction with a CosmoLite material that eliminates both the standard 3/8” wood decking and the rubber roof membrane. In addition to considerable weight reduction, the roof is 100% UV protected, and has a 12-year warranty from TekModo.
Komfort has designed a one-piece vacuum laminated floor that completely eliminates all wood substrates with CosmoLite, making it resistant to mold, mildew and rot.
“Standing water has no effect on this floor,” said Attila. “The materials we are using will springboard the SATELLITE to a new level of durability and quality that today’s consumers are looking for.” All products offered by the composite division will be vacuum-bonded, including the walls, floors, slideouts and the roof.
“We are engineering the new SATELLITE composite brand to be the lightest full featured towables on the road today,” said Attila. “With the volatility of fuel costs, the recent formaldehyde issues, and our emphasis on using “Eco-Green” materials in the construction, the SATELLITE will attract customers on several levels and will give its dealers a truly differentiated and value-rich product offering.”