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ASA Electronics Introduces ‘Flash Freeze’ A/C

August 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Advent Air ACRG14

Elkhart, Ind.-based ASA Electronics announced the introduction of a new cooling solution to the RV air-conditioning market with the Advent Air ACRG14 ducted ceiling assembly with flash freeze.

According to a press release, the system’s flash freeze capabilities work by allowing direct airflow from the upper unit to flow in a downward motion into the RV living area. Campers will experience a shower of refreshing crisp air that will radiate down to cool their RV.

The improved, curved cosmetics of the ACRG14 depart from the rigid industrial look of other ceiling assemblies. This enhanced design allows the unit to seamlessly integrate into the décor of any RV. The ACRG14 also features louvered openings while  providing RVers with versatile new options once installed. The unit is compatible with all of the Advent Air air-conditioners and can be used with the Advent Air analog or digital thermostats.

Advent’s product line provides the industry with a broad selection of premium RV appliance solutions including microwaves and refrigerators. These products offer a variety of feature options without sacrificing the durability needed to survive the rigors associated with use over-the-road.

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Dometic Introduces Lightweight Brisk II RV A/C

June 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Dometic's Brisk II air conditioner

Dometic Group, a global provider of cooling and convenience products for the recreational vehicle, truck, automotive and marine markets, today (June 18) announced the release of its Brisk II RV air conditioner. According to a press release, the Brisk II offers a 15% air flow increase, and is 19% lighter than previous models, making it the smallest 13.5K rooftop unit available.

“Taking the best from Dometic’s global expert air conditioning knowledge base, we are releasing the Brisk II – a stronger, lighter, smaller and more environmentally friendly RV air conditioner than any other on the market,” said Dave Schutz, vice president of RV OEM Sales and Marketing, Dometic Americas. “The Brisk II uses its innovative design, tighter specification allowances and improved materials to maximize air flow and performance.”

The Brisk II is easy to install and maintain, with a high-performance motor and fan. Its EPP foam housing reduces weight and increases cooling. Rounded edges increase air flow, and fan motor sound dampening brackets reduce noise and vibration. The unit weighs 72 pounds, and has a 2.7 kW fan speed.

Dometic said the Brisk II unit also offers tighter tolerances for improved fit and finish between shroud and evaporator cover. Its press fit evaporator cover eliminates fasteners for improved service access, and its custom composite Korad shroud is laminated to provide UV protection.

The sturdy design includes a three-inch deep-drawn G 90 carbon steel drain pan with powder-coated finish for durability, and larger air openings for improved air flow and cooling performance. The edges are roll-formed, and the enclosed wrap-around base pan and shroud add strength and protect the coils.

To learn more about the Brisk II, visit http://dometic.com/enus/Americas/USA/RV-Products/climate/ac-display-page/?productdataid=107566.

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Airxcel Offers Bonus for Buyer of Milestone A/C

October 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Shown (L-R) Airxcel VP Gregg Guinn, Mike Casey, Rick Hawk and Dario Rodriguez

The RV Products division of Airxcel Inc. has a surprise for the RVer who buys the company’s 5 millionth Coleman MACH air conditioner. The milestone 15,000 Btu A/C rolled off RV Products’ production line in Wichita, Kan., this afternoon (Oct. 10) and was followed by a small party.

Besides the unit’s special gold paint, the purchaser will receive a $500 gift certificate for accessories at the dealership where it was sold along with a Coleman camping package that includes a RoadTrip cooler, lanterns, coolers and other Coleman outdoor gear.

The inside of the shroud also will be signed by the 200 RV Products employees who had a hand in manufacturing it. The dealer who sells the unit, in turn, gets a $1,000 gift certificate to be used at the distributor of his choice.

Who will become the owner of the 5 millionth Coleman MACH is anybody’s guess, including the company’s.

”We are going to put in into an unmarked box and treat it as if was just regular inventory,” said Gregg Guinn, vice president of Airxcel and president of the company’s RV Products group. ”It eventually will be shipped to a distributor who will send it to a dealer who will sell it to a customer.”

There will be a note inside asking the buyer to call the company. ”And if they are interested, we will invite them to come to Wichita and get the VIP treatment and meet the people who built it and take them to dinner,” Guinn said.

Airxcel traces its roots was formed in 1991 when a group of employees, including Guinn and Airxcel President Mel Adams, purchased The Coleman Company’s air conditioning division.

About 30% of the Coleman MACH air conditioners are sold into the aftermarket. The balance are installed by OEMs.

”It was just fortunate that the 5 millionth Coleman MACH will be sold on the aftermarket,” Guinn said.

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Dometic Sets New A/C Strategy for ’12 and ’13

May 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

High Performance A/C

The RV air conditioning market has gotten highly competitive ever since the recession, and Dometic Corp. – one of two traditional leaders in the A/C sector – has a new strategy in place to retain and grow its market share in the years ahead, reports Dave Schutz, vice president of sales and marketing for the RV-OEM division of the 950-employee company headquartered in Louisville.

Dometic, which built its first rooftop A/C in 1968 and is equally known today for awnings and refrigerators, markets the following A/C lines:

Dometic Brisk Air Rooftop Air Conditioner, a conventional line available in 13,500 and 15,000 BTU models and in lower BTU ratings.

Dometic Penguin II Low Profile Air Conditioner/Heat Pump, a slimmer unit available in 11,000, 13,500 and 15,000 BTU models for which a revamped design was introduced in January.

Dometic High Performance Air Conditioners, “HP” units designed specifically for a Dometic Quiet Zone Ducted Air System, in 13,500 and 15,000 BTU ratings.

Dometic Cool Cat Heat Pump, a non-rooftop line tailored for smaller units offering 10,000 BTU’s of cooling capacity and 8,200 BTU’s of heating that fits inside a coach, typically under a bed or gaucho.

Brisk Air rooftop A/C

For years, Schutz notes, the air conditioning marketplace was rather quiet in terms of new entrants, with Dometic and Wichita, Kan.-based Airxcel Inc. the decided leaders. Now an array of new entrants have changed the game to an extent, and Dometic’s preparing to roll out some new products over the next two years.

First of all, the company plans to develop a new Brisk II platform for unveiling at December’s Louisville Show. “And then in 2013 at Louisville,” Schutz told RVBUSINESS.com, “we’ll launch an all-new line of air conditioners. So, there’s a bunch of really nice new enhancements coming to the present product that we’ll show in Louisville and that we’ll start shipping in early 2013. And then, at the 2013 Louisville Show, we’ll be shipping an all-new line of air conditioners for early 2014.”

Although it sells some to distributors, Dometic takes a factory-direct approach to aftermarket distribution through 3,800 dealers and nearly 2,000 service centers across the U.S. and Canada. The rest go to RV manufacturers.

Dometic, whose European parent company has 22 plants worldwide, manufactures the HP and Cool Cat in Elkhart, Ind.

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