RV-C Network Fest Report


The 2007 RV-C Network Fest was a tremendous success, both technically and as an educational event. Fourteen vendors connected over two dozen devices into the network backbone. Despite the fact that many of the devices were brand new, there were no network problems and the products interoperated exactly as intended. This was an impressive demonstration of the maturity of the RV-C specification.

Roughly a thousand people toured the Fest and were treated to several demonstrations. The flexibility of RV-C was clearly apparent in a five-zone climate control system that included components from three different vendors. The broad support for RV-C was shown by the presence of seven different control panels and a dozen other distinct types of products. RV-C's contribution to product safety was apparent with the demonstration of the interlocks between the awning, levelers, and the chassis park brake and vehicle speed sensor.

Dealers were a large percentage of the attendees, and were particularly impressed by the diagnostic capabilities RV-C provides. The similarity between RV-C and the diagnostic protocols used in cars was well appreciated. Leaders of the RVDA (RV Dealer Association) expressed enthusiastic support of the RVIA's efforts to bring this powerful technology into the RV industry.

Participants included:
- Aqua-Hot (Heating)
- Atwood (AC Power Distribution)
- Carefree of Colorado (Awning)
- Faria (Control Panel)
- Freightliner Custom Chassis (Chassis Interface)
- Girard Systems (Awning)
- HWH (Hydraulic Leveling)
- Intellitec (DC Power Distribution)
- PowerTech (Generator)
- SilverLeaf Electronics (Control Panel, Diagnostic Tool)
- Spartan Chassis (Chassis Interface)
- TRC (Lighting Control, Transfer Switch)
- TriMark (Door Control, Entry System)
- Vansco (Control Panel)

The Fest also received logistical support from Country Coach and Ladd Industries.

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