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Old 04-16-2019, 10:46 PM   #1
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CZone and Multiplex Interfaces In General

Does anyone have any experience with the kind of multiplex control systems that Airstream and most higher end RV makers are installing in their upper end models. Airstream is currently (2019) installing the CZone system. I'm interested in including such a system in my rebuild (92 Excella Classic), but I've tried to get info over the winter and I'm getting little to know traction in my attempts to find a provider. I got CZone contact info from AS and the CZone website, but The only folks I could talk to at CZone were techs, nice helpful guys, but unable to help me as far as how I might obtain the system, support for installation, etc. Could not get sales or upper management to respond to emails or phone messages. I've had similar and white luck with other brands. FRUSTRATING.
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You'll have to buy through one of their dealers. It would seem that they are all located in California, which makes sense since this is originally made for boating.

https://www.mastervolt.com/dealer-locator/
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You'll have to buy through one of their dealers. It would seem that they are all located in California, which makes sense since this is originally made for boating.

https://www.mastervolt.com/dealer-locator/

Thanks very much for this.
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For anyone else who maybe curious and or following this thread. It appears that Czone has vastly updated their website. They now have prices and equipment pictures and a Contact Us link. Using their Contact Us link I've sent them and email and I'll call them during office hours. It looks like this time might finally be the charm. https://czoneonline.com/
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With any of these systems, there is a lot of programming involved. It's not just a "bolt it together" sort of thing. I would suggest that unless you do software for a living (or a hobby) , find a dealer to do the work.

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Hi Pete... long time, no see. Hope all is going well.

If you decide to go the route of a multiplex system I do hope you'll chronicle the build on Air Forums. Taking a quick look at the CZone web site the system is certainly not inexpensive. I hope CZone is a more robust product than systems Airstream used in the past.

If you're willing to elaborate, what does this system accomplish for you? Are you unhappy with the current (old-fashioned) system installed in your trailer? Is your goal to have everything controlled from a touch-screen? For convenience? For simplicity? Latest gizmo? Resale value? There's no right or wrong answer... inquiring minds want to know.

We still have our 1992 Classic/Excella along with a 2010 Interstate. Both are built with mostly point-to-point wiring that serves us well. We purchased a new tow vehicle recently and while we appreciate some of the new features the computer control / drive-by-wire aspect of the vehicle is a bit disconcerting at times. I don't like it when systems have to reboot, be reprogrammed, etc. YMMV.

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Converting an existing unit sounds difficult and expensive but not impossible. Iím sure all of the little sensors around the entire trailer need to be updated as well. Lots of wires to try and run without removing furniture and interior walls.

I asked JC if they could upgrade my firefly to Czone. It was a hard no or at least something that they didnít want to try and figure out as it involves too much. Maybe they even believed it wasnít cost effective??

Unsure but best of luck. Would love to hear how the update goes and what goes into it!
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At this point I have emailed CZone again last Thursday (as mentioned previously). Next week if I still have not heard back from them I'll give them a call, when and if I remember to. I'm also doing an electrical service upgrade in the house we're currently living in. That should mostly get finished on Tuesday with the help of my Master Electrician brother-in-law.

This is a complete rebuild. We pulled the shell last summer and made some needed frame / chassis repairs. Cleaned off the rust, did a rust treatment, painted the frame cut and dry fitted new aluminum for the belly pan, made new water tank pans and fitted them, bought a new fresh water tank, and numerous other details before winter caught up with us and hampered much more progress. Cold, wind and rain made it to miserable to get much done. This project is mostly being done outside and it's been raining much more than normal. At this point, we rarely go more than a few days without rain and then rain amounts have been heavier than normal as well. I'm actually in the process of constructing a temporary reusable Quonset Hut like rain shelter from welded 1/2" rebar, 3/4" schedule 40 PVC and 6 mil poly sheeting to house the chassis so I can work on it during rain. Last Monday morning about 4am we had really powerful rain storm with 70 mph winds that would have probably destroyed the shelter I'm building, so there's also that causing me to think of additional ways to strengthen it to weather the increasing number of "Freak" storms that are now becoming the norm. That said I've got some ideas. So, I guess I'm glad that storm happened before I constructed the hut. To date all of the rebar frames are welded together but I'm still working on a few ideas for the rest of it.

What do I hope to accomplish by adding a multiplex interface? Good question for which I'm trying to determine if it makes sense for us or not. Since my plan is to add a large solar system with Lithium ION batteries, Alde hydronic heat and hot water, Roof Top Heat Pump and SeeLevel II tank sensors, and media options, I was thinking it might be nice to have one touch screen to rule them all so to speak. On the other hand this might be a terrible idea. In the next two to three weeks I hope to have gleaned enough information to make up my mind. This is the longest we've sat still in years and it's getting pretty old. It's definitely warm enough to work outside again and I have a plan to work in spite of all the rain. So, I really need to kick this operation back into gear or I might be looking for a new traveling partner come the fall!

I will update this thread with what I find and decide to do.

p.s. I caught a typo in my first post. white luck should have been worse luck. Thought I'd mention it since editing not possible. BTW it won't be my last typo, by a long shot!
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