What brand of van air con please ?

Submitted: Monday, Dec 28, 2015 at 23:59
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Am definately going to fit a roof top air con on our 18ft van , only question is what make/brand ??
Realise there has been previous discussions on this subject in this forum .
Is there any other brands besides Air Command and Dometic ? if so are they any good ??
if anyone can give a reason why one is better than the other , would be most appreciated
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Reply By: Member - Peter M (QLD) - Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015 at 07:29

Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015 at 07:29
I cannot recommend the IBIS by Air Command used in Windsor Caravans, their warranty is designed to ensure they dont look after the user. Plus we have had to spend over $2000 on our over the last 4 years and it is still so noisy and the technicians cant stop the rattles/noise.
Go Dometic!!!!! they seem to have the back up
PeteM (Qld)
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Reply By: Notso - Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015 at 09:02

Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015 at 09:02
I just replaced my Dometic with a Denso after years of problems with the Dometic. Made in Melbourne. It is quieter than the Dometic and seems to work well, a true reverse cycle unit.

One other thing, if your van hasn't had a Roof to Air Con previously fitted, the roof may not have been strengthened to take the extra weight. On some vans it is necessary to fit a H Frame externally on the roof to support the Air Con.
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015 at 10:10

Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015 at 10:10
We have an Aircommand Wren reverse cycle (I believe the new model is an Ibis) on our 2006 van.

The only repair we have carried out so far was to replace one of the switch arrangements.

We don't find the noise level intrusive but I guess other might.

Other than that so far so good.

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Reply By: swampy - Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015 at 12:05

Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015 at 12:05
Denso commercial units are good and worth considering . There small domestic van units would probably be as good .
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Follow Up By: Brian - Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015 at 13:06

Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015 at 13:06
Thanks to everyone , opinions seem divided tween Dometic n Ibis , good to have anothrr option ( Denso )
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Reply By: terryj2 - Thursday, Dec 31, 2015 at 22:36

Thursday, Dec 31, 2015 at 22:36
We have an Air Command Ibis 3 which works OK BUT thumps when the compressor cuts in. Most annoying when you are trying to get to sleep. Have been in discussions with Air Command for 6 months Had it looked at twice under warranty but still thumps. Have read of others with similar problem Some have been fixed others have not. Still trying to get mine sorted.
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Reply By: Member - John and Lynne - Saturday, Jan 02, 2016 at 14:44

Saturday, Jan 02, 2016 at 14:44
We have had vans with both brands of aircon and have found both too noisy and neither particularly effective. We now seldom use our aircon. We free camp a lot and find a 12v fan with open windows does well in hot and humid conditions and a gas heater is magic in cold conditions. Van aircons are not really reverse cycle and are very inadequate in really cold weather. If other brands are available we suggest you look at them if you intend to mostly have 240v power available. Be careful to check that your roof can take it. If not that will add a lot of cost. We have seen some vans with a small domestic model mounted on the A Frame but again you would have to check weights and installation costs. Lynne
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Follow Up By: Brian - Saturday, Jan 02, 2016 at 15:58

Saturday, Jan 02, 2016 at 15:58
Thanks again everyone and John & Lynne , thinking about putting a small split domestic system in .
In this forum and others there really hasnt been a bad word about them , seems as though they are cheaper , more efficient , and quiter , just a bit of mucking around having part on the back and rest on front maybe on draw bar ??
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Reply By: Batt's - Monday, Jan 04, 2016 at 12:15

Monday, Jan 04, 2016 at 12:15
We had a reverse cycle split system fitted to our 16"6 pop top van 11 yrs ago have sold the van since but it was whisper quiet and kept the van nice and cool. We took it to a caravan sales yard and they removed the back window and built a timber frame to suit the A/C mount then they had an eleco install it and he bolted it mount on the rear bumper which I had welded some c-channel to. I had a cover made up out of vinyl from a canvas shop $150 which slipped over the A/C and Velcro held it on for traveling only and I also tied it down with a ratchet strap for extra safety when traveling being careful not to overdo it because the A/C legs are made of thin steel. I went to bunnings and bought some rubber chair leg stoppers and put one on the water drain pipe when traveling to keep dust out and had one spare. It all worked very well and was a blessing when touring up the top end in 40 deg temps.
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Reply By: Adam H - Wednesday, Jan 06, 2016 at 00:43

Wednesday, Jan 06, 2016 at 00:43
Hi I have just purchased a new van pop top with a 2600 fresh jet from dometic had it running off a Yamaha 2400kva has a soft start so there isn't a massive load on the generator.
We used it extensively over xmas 38 plus degrees in the shade and the van in full sun for most of the day the inside of the van was 30 now this may not sound great but having no shelter from the sun and in a pop top and not turning it on till 10 am with the temp at 35 degrees. I thought it didn't do a bad job.
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