Searching for a new RV HVAC system for your travel trailer or motorhome? Browse through our RV HVAC parts for sale below. We have just the right heating and cooling systems to meet all your needs. Ridge RV showcases a variety of rooftop air conditioner units, thermostats, and other RV replacement parts and climate control systems from Advent, Atwood, Coleman, Dometic, Suburban, Hydro Flame, and others.
Your recreational vehicle heating and cooling system generally contains various core components. Your camper or motorhome may have more or less of the basic RV climate control components below, but most of these are items are standard in today’s “modern” recreation vehicles.
Today, RV air conditioners are either roof mount or wall mount. If you happen to own a vintage recreational vehicle, you may be confronted with a different type of RV AC. I can’t really speak to that as I have never owned or restored a vintage RV. I just thought it might be a point worth mentioning.
Whether your camper or motorhome is equipped with a wall mount or rooftop RV AC unit, you will normally control them with a thermostat similar to those found in regular homes. Additionally, these climate control units also require 120 volts of electricity to operate. Therefore, you will need to be at an RV park or campground to be able to operate them.
Rooftop or roof mount RV air conditioning systems are available in a variety of BTU outputs. A couple of the most common output levels are 13500 BTU, and 15000 BTU.
There are a number of reliable RV air conditioner manufacturers. Each of those listed below have a reputation of producing high quality camper and motorhome RV climate control systems. A few of these RV HVAC parts manufacturers are Advent, Atwood, Coleman, and Dometic.
Your recreational vehicle may or may not be equipped with a powered roof vent, often referred to as the “attic fan.” I have to say that I believe the majority of modern RV’s are equipped with attic fans.
Naturally, I do not know this to be a scientifically proven fact. This is my own personal observation. However, I cannot think of one late model RV that I have seen in recent years that was not equipped with one of these.
These fans are typically 12-volt DC, and their purpose is to circulate fresh air through your camper, motorhome or other recreation vehicle. Moreover, I can personally attest to their effectiveness.
The one I had in my Jayco 5th Wheel worked quite well. It really helped to draw the hot air out, and cool down the RV on those days when you do not really need to have the air conditioner running.
During periods of high wind, rain, snow or other inclement weather, it is recommended that you turn off your attic fan, and close the roof vent. High winds can damage the roof vent dome, and the rain and snow can cause moisture damage, which may lead to unhealthy conditions of mold in your camper or motorhome.
One more thing before I forget. Check your owner’s manual on this, but many of the newer motorhomes and campers have a built-in rain sensor on the attic fan. This sensor will automatically close the dome, and turn off the fan if it begins to rain.
I’m not sure when this technology was first implemented in the recreational vehicle industry, but it’s a nice feature for your camper to be equipped with. I would highly recommend adding this, if it’s an optional feature, to any new RV purchase you may be planning.
For the most effective use of your RV’s ventilation fan, RV manuals will generally instruct users to: open a window on a more shady side of the camper, close all vents, turn on the attic fan, and sit somewhere in the path of the air flow. Following these steps will likely provide the greatest amount of cooling comfort.
I never did that when I was living in my RV. I typically opened every window and door in sight, and turned on the fan. It worked well, but I can see that the other way would have likely been more beneficial. The air coming in from one window would be coming in with much greater force than if all RV windows were open at the same time.
In summary, to get more information on this, and other features of your recreational vehicle, consult your owner’s manual. I didn’t read mine as much as I probably should have, but it’s not a bad idea to do so. It just might help you to avoid problems down the road.
Whether you own a Class A Motorhome, Fifth Wheel, Toy Hauler, or other type of recreational vehicle, they all require maintenance and repair from time to time. That’s if you’re lucky! Sometimes, they require all new RV replacement parts like an air conditioner or furnace.
Which size you need for your particular application would largely depend on the size of the unit you’re replacing, and manufacturers recommendations. I would highly recommend consulting your owner’s manuals, etc. to ensure you are following all necessary safety precautions. You would not want to install a new RV furnace replacement, and burn the joint down!
Atwood and Suburban are two of the big hitters in the RV furnace industry. Each manufacturer produces their own line or series of recreational vehicle furnaces, and each is capable of producing BTU output generally ranging from 12,000 BTU to 42,000 BTU.
The Atwood RV furnace series is comprised of two model names. They are the Excalibur Furnace, and the Everest Star. On the other hand, Suburban has four series offerings in their camper furnace line. They are, SH Series, NTQ & P Series, SFQ Series, and SHD Series.
As I said earlier, Atwood Mobile Products is a leader in the RV industry. They’ve been supplying quality, innovative RV products for many years, and their reputation for quality and customer service is well known.
In addition to manufacturing recreational vehicle furnaces, Atwood also produces a wide variety of products including refrigerators, ranges and cooktops, water heaters, and much more. Because Atwood furnaces and other products are among the most widely used in the recreational vehicle industry, Ridge RV is proud to highlight their quality RV replacement parts on our website.
Below are Atwood’s current product line offerings. If you are looking for more details on each of the individual units, visit the first link below.
Suburban, along with Coleman-Mach, and MaxxAir, is an AirXcel brand, and is a well-known name in the RV industry. The primary recreation vehicle product categories that Suburban produces are; cooking appliances, water heaters, RV HVAC systems, and camper furnaces.
I’m not going to get into the various details regarding the different models of Suburban furnaces at this point. I will list the models below with a brief overview of each. For additional details regarding these furnaces, please visit our AirXcel Suburban RV Furnaces page.
Well, there you have it. These are just a few of the RV HVAC parts and supplies we showcase on our site. We will continue to add additional recreational vehicle supplies to our Ridge RV replacement parts listings as soon as we can. So, stop by and check things out frequently.