For the second straight year, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) sponsored an “RV-C Network Fest” during the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky.
The event, hosted by the Technical Subcommittee on CAN (communication area networking), was triggered by the industry’s push for quality in products and services spearheaded by the Go RVing Coalition’s Committee on Excellence.
The Network Fest introduced 20 RV-C compliant devices (including awnings, generators, electronic controls, levelers and heaters) from 11 vendors – all networked together on a common wiring harness. Attendees observed demonstrations of how the networked devices could interact intelligently, and be monitored and diagnosed with a common service tool.
Manufacturers, vendors and dealers attended the seminars and studied the displays to get some hands-on experience in what RVIA Vice President of Standards and Education Bruce Hopkins called “some pretty deep science.”
“We are far enough along, the technology is proven, but the industry is in early stages of adoption,” said Martin Perlot, president of SilverLeaf Electronics, Albany, Ore., who coordinated the event along with Kent Perkins, RVIA director of RV standards. “This is common in high-end motorhomes and working its way down through the food chain, so to speak.”
Perlot said the decreased attendance at the show overall kept down the number of visitors to the fest, but this allowed staff to spend more time with individual questions. “We probably were more successful in recruiting more manufacturers and vendors,” he said.
Hopkins called the event a success and predicted it will become more popular as CAN principles spread through the RV industry. “We definitely want to do it again,” he said.