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Posted: 12/16/21 08:07am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Air-conditioner availability
I have been waiting for over a year now, and working through two different RV repair companies to get a new Dometic air conditioner for our 2015 42QD but with no luck.

Are these guys pulling my leg or just hard to locate. I still see advertisers, such as Camping World offering them on a regular basis.But, you call them and they want to place you on a waiting list.

Is anyone out there have having the same luck, if not please let me know or who to call...

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I just log in to my Amazon account and it show a heat pump one is on hand and ready to ship. Might be different when it click order. With whats going on in this world , you can never tell.

PPL motorhomes parts show they have them also.

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In June , while visiting my cousins' farm in Indiana, I ordered a 15btu heat pump from Camping world delivered to the farm. I think it was 1500 at the time. received it 10 days later via ups and installed it using their tractor bucket. They are out there but you do need to actually get on a "list" somewhere! They go out of stock as soon as they come in because of the "list"! Waiting over a year? I'd change shops! They aren't trying or don't want your business. The removal and installation, with the help of the lift, took less than an hour. Basically, unplug, unbolt 4 bolts then reverse. Don't want to do it? Order it then call a mobile guy to install it.

On looking at Camping, world shows a Dometic heat pump in stock and shipped free to my current location for $1440 I didn't push "buy" but it looks like it was a no problem. I don't like Camping world normally but they came through for me in this instance.

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Both RVP(Coleman) and Dometic are just now getting enough built units to offer to the retail market. Before, ALL production was allocated to the RV makers. For Dometic, it is INDEED a Supply Chain problem as Domewtic's are built in China. They are sitting in a Container ship off the West Coast. RVP is built in Wichita, Kansas, BUT!!!!! They rely on component parts from China. Doug

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Try CALLING etrailer or RVParts. They actually have inventories vs shipping from manufactures.

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I wanted a 15,000 btu to replace one of my 13,500 btu for my 2013 gd but was told none available.


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my brother in law had an Airxcel 15k go bad, He had to wait for stock to arrive at dealer... Dealer Said Airxcel is saying back order so they got the trailer back instead of leaving it there...It only took 2 weeks to come in.


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I work in the HVAC industry and never seen it this had. All the circuit boards, capacitors and relays are made in China and probably sitting off shore along the west coast. I struggle to get air conditioners and even enough parts to make repairs for my customers and this has been an issue for the last 6 months. While a year is a bit much, its not all that unusual.


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Consider a different make like a Coleman

Air conditioners consist of basically 3 parts
Upper unit (The part with teh compressor, evap, condenser and so on)
Lower unit (Controls and electronics)
Middle part this is the adapter that handles the ducting and so on.
Thermostat

Sometimes you can replace JUST the upper
(Advent air for example is a near direct Replacement for Carrier, you do need to change one part and plug in an adapter cable)

Sometimes you need to replace both the Upper and lower (Replacing most makes with Coleman.. airExcel (make colewman) uses different bolts)

All fit the standard 14" Square

One final note:
As my RV tech says Colemans Suck, others blow
What this means is that the Coleman sucks air in through the condenser and blows it out the sides.. Others do it the other way around blowing air through the condenser.

Why is this important.
Cleaning coleman.. Remove 4 bolts, lift lid, peal crud off condenser, Replace lid (Cowel) and 4 screws.. Finished.

Others
Remove outer cover (Cowel) often 10-12 screws
Remove INNER cover (Not always easy)
If you have large hands remove fan
Now you can clean the condenser.


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wa8yxm wrote:

One final note:
As my RV tech says Colemans Suck, others blow
What this means is that the Coleman sucks air in through the condenser and blows it out the sides.. Others do it the other way around blowing air through the condenser.

Why is this important.
Cleaning coleman.. Remove 4 bolts, lift lid, peal crud off condenser, Replace lid (Cowel) and 4 screws.. Finished.

Others
Remove outer cover (Cowel) often 10-12 screws
Remove INNER cover (Not always easy)
If you have large hands remove fan
Now you can clean the condenser.


I knew there was a reason I liked the Colman units better than the others. This is a very logical way to make a packaged A/C, whether it RV rooftop or any other configuration.

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