Here are some of the features that you should look into if you are buying a new RV air conditioner.

How Many Units:

If you have a Class C or B coach, a single air conditioner unit is the standard. For Larger class A coaches, usually come with two AC units. And the largest class of A coaches generally have three air conditioners.

If you wish to add an additional AC unit to your RV, bear in mind that you may need to upgrade the wiring or the generator. This may mean additional costs above and beyond the cost of the unit and its installation.

How Many BTUs:

BTUs are the measurement of cooling capacity of the unit. For RVs, the most common levels are between 13000 BTU and 15000 BTU. To run air conditioner this size, you generally need between 14.5 and 15.7 amps of power.

Standard or Low Profile:

A RV air conditioner can come in two different sizes: low profile and standard. A low profile air conditioner is about 8 to 10 inches high. A standard unit is about a foot high. If you are concerned about reducing wind resistance and keeping the height of your vehicle a bit lower, go with the low profile one.   

Air Ducted or Not:

You will have a choice of a ducted or non-ducted air conditioner unit. If you have a choice, go for the air-ducted model. It will keep your RV cooler by doing a better job distributing the cool air.

Remote Thermostat:

Some dealers offer a remote control to set the thermostat. This is a pretty convenient feature because it lets you set the temperature no matter where you are. If you are offered this feature, you should take it.

Heat Strips:

If you are looking for a unit that can also keep you warm in the winter, consider getting one with heat strips. These provide pretty decent heating, generally about 5600 BTUs. If you are getting a ducted air conditioner, however, you cannot get the heater option.

Heat Pumps:

Some RV air conditioners come with heat pumps. These use the air conditioner system, but do so backwards. They push out the cold air and push in the warmed air. These types of units can keep you warm and toasty down to about 40 degrees.


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