RV Cooling Units are a necessity to keep food and beverages cold in an rv ac units whether you’re on the road or at a campsite. These units use absorption technology to cool down your fridge, avoiding the need for mechanical refrigeration systems with compressors and requiring less energy than conventional refrigerators.
There are many different types of RV cooling units, and some are better suited for specific applications than others. If you plan to do a lot of driving in hot weather, for example, you’ll want a powerful unit that can handle the heat.
The Coleman Mach 15+ is a good option for this purpose, as it can churn out 15,000 BTUs of cooling power to cool down your fridge. It can also be used in conjunction with a ducted ventilation system.
If you want a smaller, more low-profile unit, you might consider the RecPro model, which sits only about 9 inches higher than your roof and can be powered by a battery maintenance charger or a small solar panel (see product description). Users report that it’s very quiet, and the thermostat can be controlled with a remote.
Before installing a new RV cooling unit, clean the cabinet thoroughly to remove dust and dirt that might interfere with the proper fit of the evaporator foam pack inside the pocket. You can also conduct a dry run of the cooling unit into the cabinet to make sure the evaporator foam pack fits into the pocket properly.
Once the evaporator foam pack is in place, it is time to install the new cooling unit. First, you will need to remove all the mounting screws from the back of the refrigerator. Once this is done, you will need to lift the rear of the unit out from its cabinetry.
After that, you will need to pry the unit out of the evaporator foam pack pocket using a section of 2×4. It may be a good idea to get a helper to hold the cooling unit while you pull it out of the pocket, as this can be a very difficult task.
When removing the cooling unit, it is important to exercise great caution when prying on it, as each one is slightly different. For instance, some manufacturers instruct you to use thermal mastic around the sealing joint between the evaporator foam pack and the pocket.
Besides making the unit fit improperly, this practice can also cause a tube fracture or leak. This is why we recommend a dry run of the unit before installing it into your RV refrigerator.
If you notice a tell-tale yellow residue or ammonia smell around the burner area, this is a sign that your cooling unit is failing. Luckily, this is an easy fix. Instead of replacing the entire unit, you can have an oem quality remanufactured cooling unit installed in your RV for considerably less money than a new unit.