air conditioning Ibis or Dometic B3000+

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 10, 2012 at 14:29
ThreadID: 92420 Views:4795 Replies:6 FollowUps:4
This Thread has been Archived
Gday I have a 24ft van and was wondering which low profile aircon would be better suited and If any body has had first hand experience with the good and bad aspects of the current models
thanks Garth
Back Expand Un-Read 0 Moderator

Reply By: pop2jocem - Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 08:35

Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 08:35
The only personal experience I have had is with the Air Command Wren which is very similar to the Ibis (both Air Command) fitted to a 22' van. A mate of mine has a Dometic (not sure which model) fitted to a 24' Jayco. Both seem to be reliable and effective units in that both are able to cope with heat in the Pilbara region of WA. The only major difference we have noticed is that mine will run on a Honda 2.0 generator while his Dometic needs a larger unit such as a Yamaha 2.4 or similar.
I guess if you only use mains power such as caravan parks this will not make any difference.

Cheers
Pop
AnswerID: 480069

Follow Up By: salt n peper nomad - Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 09:04

Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 09:04
thanks Pop
0
FollowupID: 755580

Reply By: Member - Tricky Dicky (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 08:37

Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 08:37
Hi Garth

We have a 21ft sterling that has the Ibis Aircon fitted and it keeps the van very cool. It has only been tested to temps up to 31degs though because of all this rain.
My Honda generator runs it ok though I tested it when we first bought the van.
Hope this helps

Dick
AnswerID: 480070

Follow Up By: salt n peper nomad - Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 09:04

Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 09:04
thanks Dick
0
FollowupID: 755581

Reply By: Member - Wamuranman - Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 13:54

Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 13:54
HI Garth,

I can't speak from personal experience yet but this background info may be relevant to your decision making process.
WE recently ordered a brand new van (in the vicinity of $100k) and requested an Ibis a/c as I had read that they have a soft start system that allows a quality 2kw generator to start and run them (whereas the Dometic 3000 won't start on a 2kw generator). The van manufacturer said if I wanted Ibis they would cut and leave the vent for it in the roof but not fit it as they had had far too many complaints from previous customers with the Ibis and would not use them again. So in the end we are getting a Dometic B3000.

Since that converstaion I had a look on the caravan forum and there are mixed opinions of them there- main complaint is they struggle to cool the van on very hot days (some comments were not very kind to Ibis I must say).

Anyway I wanted a completed van with everything from the one place so we will go with Dometic. When our new van is delivered I will be able to give feedback on the Dometic ...but thats some months away yet.
Cheers


AnswerID: 480082

Follow Up By: salt n peper nomad - Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 15:02

Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 15:02
thanks mate
0
FollowupID: 755598

Reply By: Member Boroma 604 - Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 16:15

Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 16:15
Gooday,
Forget either of the caravan specific ones & install a Domestic (NOT DOMETIC) Inverter Split system. WE do not have one but know several that do and couldn't be happier. Efficient, quiet and will run from 1 KVA generator.
Cheers,
Boroma 604.
AnswerID: 480091

Follow Up By: salt n peper nomad - Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 18:09

Sunday, Mar 11, 2012 at 18:09
not an option with my layout but thanks anyway
0
FollowupID: 755615

Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 16:05

Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 16:05
Just in case you haven't already - there has been a fair bit of comment on those AC's here and on the caravanners' forum, via the respective search tools - lots to read.
AnswerID: 480162

Reply By: Member - Peter M (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 at 11:48

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012 at 11:48
Check the warranty conditions of the Air Command. We have had trouble with ours and no satisfaction from Air Command. Plus ours does not like very hot days and just stops cooling and you have to spray water over the air inlet vents to cool them down. Si CAUTION CAUTION
Regards
Peter M
AnswerID: 480342

Sponsored Links

Popular Products (13)