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Old 10-12-2015, 09:04 AM   #29
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I actually like and use the heat pump when hooked up with electricity at a campground.
It doesn't cost any more. I've already paid for the spot. It saves me money on propane.
When the outside temperatures dip below 40, I have to use the propane furnace, but that is only a couple of times per year. As long as the heat pump will work, I use it.

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Old 10-12-2015, 09:09 AM   #30
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Paula, et al,

I have no direct experience with the new Atwood A/C units. AFAIK, they don't make a low profile unit to match the Penguin II or the Mach 8 from Coleman. For folks that are looking for quiet, the Brisk Air II from Dometic produces noticeably less noise inside the RV, but again is a high profile unit.

I had a client that had Country Coach motor home, and 2 of his 3 roof units needed replacing, so we used the Penguin II for all 3 and upgraded his control system to the CCC-II. After using the rig in FL for a week or so, he called and said that the new units were noticeably louder inside his coach (with full ducted air) and what else was available.

After contacting Dometic, they agreed to replace the units with the Brisk Air II and after replacement, the owner was more than satisfied with their performance and sound levels. His only complaint was visual, as they are several inches higher than his originals, which were Penguins.

I will tell you that over the last 15 years of RV service work, I have come to loath Atwood and the unnecessarily complex engineering and construction of their products, which generally do NOT make the units operate better or for longer periods. This is evident most in their furnaces and water heaters, but if it has to do with corporate culture, I'm certain that it will extend to their A/C units and new RV refrigerators too. Not my favorite products!!!

Sorry that I can't add more to this.................

Originally Posted by Foiled Again View Post
A few members have stated that the Atwood A/C systems work really well and are notably quieter than anything Dometic puts out.

I spend a lot of time in Virginia Beach, and much of that near NAS Oceana - the sound of freedom comes from the jets doing touch-and-go practice carrier landings at the base.... so I don't get too exercised over the noticably noisy A/C heat pumps, but hey if there is something better for the folks who don't have the much vaunted ducted air, well it pays to learn.

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Old 10-12-2015, 09:18 AM   #31
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Lewster, your comments are making me lean toward the Brisk Air in lieu of the Penguin. Whether the choice is 10" or 14" tall, to me is height is irrelevant. I will choose the quieter unit.
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Old 10-12-2015, 01:36 PM   #32
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Just for those pondering the heatpump option, we like ours...noise not so much an issue here and never notice when sleeping. Has been effective for us even on frosty nights at 28- 32F. Really just use furnace for quicker warm up if we have have been away with no heat on in the AS. Especially nice for spring and later in fall. Furnace is kinda noisy too so for longer periods the effecient space heater might make sense. I would replace my heat pump with same or similar Dometic.
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Old 10-12-2015, 02:18 PM   #33
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I discovered a bit of information while researching today that might be helpful to others. I've seen post elsewhere in this forum questioning the actual output of the high capacity Penguin II. When looking at the sales brochure, at the chart which compares units, it says "High Capacity" instead of listing the actual BTU's. However, while I was reading the specifications for that specific unit I found it is 15,000 BTU's.

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