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Old 07-29-2019, 07:59 AM   #1
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My air conditioning died at the International Rally which I then had to cut short (I just could not handle the 100+ days in the van). The RV tech, that worked on it at the rally, advised that I needed a new fan which we replaced and now it seems it was the compressor.

Question can I replace the compressor or should I just replace the unit? The band is Domitec and it is ungodly noisy when running.

Is there a better quieter reasonably priced unit out there?

Thank you for the feedback.
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Old 07-29-2019, 08:26 AM   #2
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My air conditioning died at the International Rally which I then had to cut short (I just could not handle the 100+ days in the van). The RV tech, that worked on it at the rally, advised that I needed a new fan which we replaced and now it seems it was the compressor.

Question can I replace the compressor or should I just replace the unit? The band is Domitec and it is ungodly noisy when running.

Is there a better quieter reasonably priced unit out there?

Thank you for the feedback.
Yes. Finally new and quieter ac units are available like the Coleman Mach 10 NDQ. See post #80 in the recent thread below

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f240...ud-121339.html

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Old 07-29-2019, 09:10 AM   #3
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When you change out your ac, consider a 15K btu unit rather than the standard 13.5k unit. I think you'll find increased efficiency in the newer units will allow a size larger and still probably pull an amp less than your old unit.

I did this on my 2012 Avenue and it is not over-sized (too much ac) to go to a little bigger unit even when running on cooler days or nights. Unit still cycles nicely yet it's nice to have a bit more cushion for quicker cool down on hot ones.
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Old 07-29-2019, 09:28 AM   #4
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Replace the unit rather than dumping a bunch of parts into it. You might replace the compressor and then find that the control board has issues ....

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Old 07-29-2019, 05:04 PM   #5
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Question can I replace the compressor or should I just replace the unit? The band is Domitec and it is ungodly noisy when running.
XNEWYORKER - I have no experience with rv a/c problems yet. But I have friends who are licensed HVAC technicians. In my personal opinion only - I would not enlist their help in trying to evacuate/recover the lines to replace a compressor in an old unit that I already consider "ungodly noisy" to start with. My unit is only 1 year old, and like you I too consider it horribly noisy to the point where I would replace it today if certain other criteria could be met. I will live with it until then. But if it breaks tomorrow, I would throw it into the garbage bin and buy a quieter one. I liken rv a/c units to home window units = disposable = clip wires, remove 4 bolts, throw away. You got the perfect excuse to upgrade I will be jealous of your new & quieter unit.
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Old 07-30-2019, 02:37 PM   #6
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Best van ac is from Advanced RV in Ohio. They will install it is more powerful and quieter.
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Best van ac is from Advanced RV in Ohio. They will install it is more powerful and quieter.
PSCHW - No argument that it is quieter and probably the quietest non-ducted unit out there. But excellent discussion on the other thread about the inner workings of the ARV/Houghton a/c. Good thread to follow for anyone considering the ARV/Houghton.
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Old 07-30-2019, 05:34 PM   #8
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This sprinter forum is talking about this unit for vans. Would it work in a travel trailer?
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This sprinter forum is talking about this unit for vans. Would it work in a travel trailer?
STEVESUEMAC - If you're asking about the ARV/Houghton A/C, it should work on TT. No reason I can see why not. It is a direct drop-in replacement for our Dometic Penguin II. In fact, due to an on-going concern that it does not work optimally while van is moving and currently is supposed to be made for static use, it is even more suited for TT.
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This sprinter forum is talking about this unit for vans. Would it work in a travel trailer?

I might need double gaskets and drainage cups or whatever the trailers need for condensation water.
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