Next Generation Power Engineering Inc., is prospecting for RV industry customers with a lightweight 3.5-kw diesel generator initially designed for the power boat industry.
“The RV market is just coming to realize that the size and weight of a generator is important,” said Gino Kennedy, president of the Jacksonville, Fla., company. “Right now we are mostly working with end users retrofitting our generator into their units. We are an alternative to propane or gas generators in small to midsized coaches.”
Next Generation’s 3.5-kw generator, built around a Kubota diesel engine, is 16 inches high and weighs 160 pounds. “We build anywhere from 3.5- to 30-kw gensets that provide either AC or DC power,” Kennedy said.
The company currently is a supplier to one RV industry OEM, Xplorer Motorhome Division of Frank Industries Inc., Brown City, Mich. It also has retrofitted Dynamax units and Monaco’s Safari-brand motorhomes with its generators.
Next Generation, which supplies sport-boat manufacturers, including Luhrs Marine Group, St. Augustine, Fla., Endeavor Catamaran Corp., Clearwater, Fla., and Strike Yachts Inc., Pompano Beach, Fla., was founded in 1997 by Kennedy, who formerly worked for Kubota Engine America Corp., Lincolnshire, Ill., a manufacturer of small gas and diesel engines.