In the latest edition of our Getting to Know series we chat with New Zealand Area Sales Manager, Greg Mitchell.
Greg talks us through his role and how he's spreading the word about REDARC throughout New Zealand, discusses his favourite travel spots and how he would deck out his dream rig.
What is your working background/what were you doing before you joined REDARC?
I was the Sales/Product/Technical Manager for Automotive Components Asia Pacific Ltd in Auckland for eight and a half years.
Talk us through what an average day at REDARC consists of?
In New Zealand, it consists of promoting our range of products and creating awareness of the different product categories that REDARC offers. The industry in NZ is aware of REDARC which is great but it’s also part of my job to make the consumer aware of our great products. So it consists of supporting, promoting and demonstrating the excellent range of REDARC and Hummingbird products.
The Hummingbird displays keep Greg up to date and out of trouble
What is the best thing about working at REDARC?
The best thing is working with top quality, solidly built products that I can stand behind. It’s also the company culture which is inclusive, encouraging and goal-oriented which is great to be a part of.
What is your favourite REDARC product and why?
It would have to be the BMS1230S2 battery management system. It simplifies and does a better job of charging and managing your auxiliary battery system, which I think is quite unique.
What is your dream rig? And what gadgets would you put in it?
Probably a late-model Volkswagen T6 California Ocean. It comes pretty well spec’d from the factory but I would be making a few additions such as the BMS1230S2 to make it more self-contained and also a utility trailer to carry the quad-bikes. I’d also add the Tow-Pro Elite electric brake Controller for the trailer and our 190W portable solar blanket for charging once at the campsite. A comfortable 4x4 van with all the right gear to keep you camping and self-contained for longer! Oh and don’t forget the Porta-Potti!
Tell us about your REDARC AMAROK, what products do you have in it and why are they important?
The heart of the system is The Manager30 battery management system. It really makes installing an auxiliary battery system a breeze. This is charging 4x 55ah AGM batteries giving me a combined 220ah of capacity.
I then have a 2000 Watt Pure Sine Wave Inverter running a 19” LCD TV, 800 Watt Microwave and a Nespresso Coffee Machine with milk frother!
In NZ it’s the opposite to Australia, you need to warm up here and there’s nothing better than pulling over at a nice picnic spot and having a hot chocolate and a hot meal straight from the back of your truck!
The system can also run a multitude of other accessories through dual USB and 12v DC sockets. I also have Hummingbird’s RF Battery Monitor in the cabin so that I can monitor the auxiliary batteries and solar voltage while I’m driving, all without having to run wires to the monitor in the cab. There is also an 120W Monocrystalline solar panel permanently mounted on the roof to keep the batteries topped up at all times.
Greg's REDARC Amarok is all kitted out
When you’re out meeting people on the road and they ask what REDARC product they need, what do you tell them?
I ask them what they are doing with their vehicle first. It really is important to work out what your customer’s end-goal is, and then work backwards from there to build the correct charging system.
What is your favourite travel destination in New Zealand?
It would have to be The Coromandel. North of Thames all the way up the coast to Port Jackson just can’t be beat. It probably isn’t quite as pretty as the East Coast of the Coromandel but it tends to be a bit quieter and less crowded which is what you want on a holiday.
Hitting the road with the Tow-Pro Elite
Favourite music to listen to when on the road?
Iron Maiden and RUSH, all the way!
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
The Big Island of Hawaii.
What are your hobbies?
Competition BBQing and playing the drums in a metal band.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
The baby back pork ribs that I cook.