If you’re from Western Australia or the Northern Territory and are familiar with REDARC chances are at some stage you have crossed paths with Scott Montgomery, REDARC’s State Area Manager for WA/NT.
Scott has been with REDARC since October 2015 and spends his time visiting REDARC’s customers and clients across the West and North. Scott is a qualified auto electrician and spent a good chunk of his working career with PJL Diesel, helping build it into a successful business.
We recently sat down with Scott and asked him all the tough questions, over the next couple of weeks we will be focusing on our Area Sales Managers so you can acquaint yourself with the people who help build the REDARC brand across the nation.
What were you doing before you joined REDARC?
1989-1992 - Auto Electrical Apprenticeship Russ Gracie Auto Electrics
1993-1997 – Ashdown, Regional and Industrial Sales rep
1997-2015 – PJL Diesel Electric / GPC Commercial
Talk us through what an average day at REDARC consists of?
There is no average day working for REDARC, but mostly seeing new clients, installers of REDARC products and wholesale trade distributors, promoting the REDARC and Hummingbird product ranges and training sales staff and installers across WA/NT.
What is the best thing about working at REDARC?
REDARC has a great culture within the company and I am really proud to be part of the team. Our customers know REDARC is a quality product and the reputation of our customer service puts us well ahead of any competitor. This makes it a pleasure to work for REDARC as the customer really want our products.
Being an auto electrician by trade, REDARC’s products suit my profession. The markets in which REDARC’s products are used suits my lifestyle and previous sales background, so for me it is the perfect job.
What is your favourite REDARC product and why?
I love The Manager30 Battery Management System and portable solar panels. I camp regularly and it is very important to manage the batteries on board and to keep them charged, especially when I have a high energy consumption when I am away with a microwave, coffee machine, toaster and an electric blanket in the swag for those cold nights.
What is your dream rig? And what gadgets would you put in it?
My dream rig would have to be a 200 Series Land Cruiser with the back chopped and turned into a dual cab with a canopy on the back. This way I would have plenty of room, power and the comfort.
I would deck the back of it out very similar to the way we decked out the REDARC Hilux in WA, Lithium battery, The Manager30 Battery Management System, 2000W Pure Sine Wave Inverter to power all the luxury appliances.
When you’re out meeting people on the road and they ask what REDARC product do I need, what do you tell them?
Before you can advise a customer what they need, you first need to know the lifestyle they wish to achieve while they are on the road and camping, what kind of travel and camping they do, what kind of accessories they want to power, where will they be travelling to, will they be towing? and so on. This can lead to some very interesting stories, like who really wants to take a Thermo Mix camping anyway? But with the information they provide, I can then accurately give them the right information and product suggestions that they need.
What is your favourite travel destination in Australia?
I have grown up and lived in WA my whole life and I love this state, I have travelled it extensively and it would be really hard to pick just one destination, I mean, how do you choose between, the Kimberly’s, the Pilbara, the Goldfields and then you have all the beautiful beaches along the coast from Broome to Esperance.
Tell us about your REDARC Hilux, What products do you have in them and why are they important?
The WA REDARC Hilux is very well equipped, I get comments all of the time on how well decked out it is and it demonstrates what REDARC products are capable of, then customers want to replicate this in their own vehicles.
I tow a camper so the Tow-Pro Elite electric brake controller was one of the first products to be installed; it is hard to know if the camper is still attached when braking because the Tow Pro Elite controls the camper so well.
Under the bonnet is a dc to dc charger, we replaced the Toyota factory BCDC1220 to a BCDC1225D, so I could have the 2x 80w portable solar panels to keep the front AUX battery charged. The front battery has all of the cabin gadgets running from it, like the HF and UHF radios HEMA and Hummingbird GPS Trip Meter.
Also in the cab, I have a series of REDARC gauges including a dual voltage gauge, EGT and Boost Pressure gauge, Oil Pressure and Oil Temperature gauge. Effectively 8 gauges incorporated in the 3 REDARC gauges saving a tonne of space. On the dashboard I have a Hummingbird wireless battery monitor, that picks up my camper battery voltage, every day I come home, so I know it is always charged even without it being connected to the Hilux.
In the back, we have a 100Ah Revolution lithium battery and The Manager30 Battery Management System, with a 160w portable solar panel on a tilt up bracket to keep the battery charged at all times. The lithium battery powers a 60L fridge and the 2000w Pure Sine Wave Inverter that internally powers the 240v microwave, toaster, coffee machine, TV and the electric blanket in the swag when I am camping, plus a series or work lights all around the canopy. I have gone all out and installed an ARB compressor and air tank, and a stereo in the canopy to keep the tunes pumping while we are camped up on the beach or campsite.
If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be and why?
My kids, they are grown up now I don’t get to see them as much as I would like. Richard Branson because he is an inspiration. Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Triple J, a totally amazing wealth of knowledge and that Bieber kid, so I can put a laxative in his drink.
Aside from the basics (passport, ATM card, backpack), what three items are must-bring things for you on your road trips?
Water, WA is a hot state and important to keep hydrated. A HEMA navigator, so I don't get lost and recovery gear so I can get myself out of sticky situations.
Who is your hero?
Any Australian that has served in the Australian Forces – Thank you.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Beef and Guinness pie, topped with Prawns.