Is your RV AC unit adequate enough to provide you with the comfort you desire, the safety and efficiency you need? Or do you not have a unit at all? These are some questions to definitely consider and address before embarking on a journey to traverse the country to camp. When sweltering heat doesn't permit comfort an air-conditioner will. Not only does an RV AC unit condition air to be cool but it also acts as an air filter and reduces humidity, keeping the air fresh and dry. Several types of RV AC units are available and described just below.


Dash AC

The first type of air conditioning we will discuss is dash air-conditioning, This type of air conditioner has a similar function to that of your vehicle in that you turn the dial to your preference and enjoy the warmed or cool air blowing through the dash vents. Although this may work fine if external temperature doesn't climb too high or while in transit it doesn't properly supply or accommodate the large area an RV presents.
Dash Air Conditioning

Roof Mounted, RV AC, Air Conditioning

RVs usually include a roof-mounted air conditioning unit and in the event it doesn't it's an easy addition to install and apply. Roof units can be ducted and vented to direct air flow throughout the RV. Typically, these RV AC units are enabled by shore power or a generator. With the generator requiring gas, it consumes extra resources to operate.
RV roof air conditioner

Dual Roof Mounted, RV AC, Air Conditioning

If your RVs area is greater then you obviously need more to accommodate the size increase. Larger RVs may have dual roof mounted air-conditioners, to address the issue. To be operated simultaneously they will require a 50-amp service and must be enabled with shore power. If a 30-amp service is available or a generator is to be used only a single unit can be operated at once.
Air Conditioner

Basement RV AC

Basement air-conditioners, as the name suggests, are located in the basement of the RV. These too are ducted to direct conditioned air through the RV and out designated vents to regulate internal temperature. These are an efficient option since they are concealed within the RV and not exposed sitting on top, adding to the RV's overall height.
basement air conditioning

RV AC, Heating

Beating unbearable heat won't always be the primary cause of temperature discomfort. There comes a time when the leaves begin to change and eventually fall from the trees, indicating the cooler months have arrived. Now, you wouldn't want this to be hindrance and impede any plans that may revolve around events and activities that can only occur in cooler climates. What if the vacation involves viewing the incredible display of color changing leaves indigenous to certain regions such as The Great Smoky Mountains or skiing down some location in a snowy mountainous region in Colorado? Your RV would need to be equipped to heat through such temperatures to not only keep individuals comfortable but safe as well.

Many RV AC units include heating options, however, these simply aren't meant to serve as a primary heat source for your RV. If you are looking for a more reliable, dedicated, and effective heat source you may want to turn to electric RV heaters or gas RV furnaces and heaters to warm your mobile living space.


To ensure maximum efficiency and to maintain exceptional air quality it is recommended to change filters in each RV AC unit approximately every three months, unless the environment is unusually dusty then it will need to be changed sooner and more frequently. While servicing the unit it's best to inspect and makes sure all electrical components are free of dust and debris. If not, first use a vacuum to get most of it and if stubborn buildup still persists use a device to blow the air conditioner out to completely rid it of any remaining dust.

RV AC heaters