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Old 06-25-2013, 10:03 AM   #1
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Dometic Brisk II Air Conditioner 15,000 BTU

The primary purpose of an RV air condition is to produce cold air on hot days. Not cool air but cold air so that you can keep the coach/interior in the low 70's temp range. Well that is my feeling anyway. Here in Texas and across the south we have high summer temp in in the 100 degree range plus high humility so any AC has it's job cut out to accomplish low 70's temp. The choices for an RV AC are limited today primarily between Dometic and Coleman. Each with various models to choose from. The trend has been toward the low profile type units and both Dometic with the Penguin II and Coleman with its new Mach 8 have slick looking very low profile models to consider. But do they fit the criteria above in their 15,000 BTU units. I am replacing the two older Dometic Penguin AC's that came with my MH new in 2005. At 8 years old they still work but the overall cooling is marginal from the 13,500 BTU units even are cleaning and service. My first though was to go with the Dometic Penguin II 15,000 BTU model to stay in the same style as is on the MH now. But after discussions with others and my RV tech there is a feeling that the new Dometic Brisk II Air Conditioner would be a better choice to accomplish my thoughts on the primary purpose of an RV air conditioner as stated above. Its not low profile as such, but I am told it blows air as cold as ice. Any thoughts on the Dometic Brisk II 15,000 BTU especially from someone that has this unit. Also what AC units are the new/newer MH installing.

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An update, I just noticed that the Dometic Brisk II is newer than I thought was was just introduced by Dometic. So threr may not be anyone actually using this unit although I do see it listed on sale at various online RV parts stores.

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I just added a penguin II and find it noisy. I have heard this from others as well and that it is due to the higher efficiency (higher pressure) and different refrigerant which are being required. You might want to keep the old unit if it is still working. I doubt that newer units cool better. Btus are btus.
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The primary purpose of an RV air condition is to produce cold air on hot days. Not cool air but cold air so that you can keep the coach/interior in the low 70's temp range. Well that is my feeling anyway. Here in Texas and across the south we have high summer temp in in the 100 degree range plus high humility so any AC has it's job cut out to accomplish low 70's temp. The choices for an RV AC are limited today primarily between Dometic and Coleman. Each with various models to choose from. The trend has been toward the low profile type units and both Dometic with the Penguin II and Coleman with its new Mach 8 have slick looking very low profile models to consider. But do they fit the criteria above in their 15,000 BTU units. I am replacing the two older Dometic Penguin AC's that came with my MH new in 2005. At 8 years old they still work but the overall cooling is marginal from the 13,500 BTU units even are cleaning and service. My first though was to go with the Dometic Penguin II 15,000 BTU model to stay in the same style as is on the MH now. But after discussions with others and my RV tech there is a feeling that the new Dometic Brisk II Air Conditioner would be a better choice to accomplish my thoughts on the primary purpose of an RV air conditioner as stated above. Its not low profile as such, but I am told it blows air as cold as ice. Any thoughts on the Dometic Brisk II 15,000 BTU especially from someone that has this unit. Also what AC units are the new/newer MH installing.

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An update, I just noticed that the Dometic Brisk II is newer than I thought was was just introduced by Dometic. So threr may not be anyone actually using this unit although I do see it listed on sale at various online RV parts stores.

Dometic Introduces the Brisk II Air Conditioner for RVs

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I have a newly installed Brisk Air II 13,500 and an 8 month old Penguin 13,500. Both units perform well but they aren't the 15,000 units you are interested in. I can tell you that the Brisk Air II cools much faster than the older version Duo-Therm. It is also quieter than my Penguin ... not exactly quiet but acceptable. My expectation is that no roof A/C will be quiet.

The reason I differentiated is that Dometic has used the terms Brisk Air II and Brisk II and I don't know if they are the same.
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I just added a penguin II and find it noisy. I have heard this from others as well and that it is due to the higher efficiency (higher pressure) and different refrigerant which are being required. You might want to keep the old unit if it is still working. I doubt that newer units cool better. Btus are btus.

I took the coach to the my local RV shop after I checked the temp differential between the intake and cool are from the vents. I had no temp differential in the two reading on the rear AC and the readings on the front unit was not much better. My RV shop has confirmed that the rear unit compressor is not working and that the front unit has problems also. So I am replacing both units. I have heard the same thing on the new Penguin II AC's running noisy due to the new refrigerant. In fact I saw on another forum where someone had recently installed 2 new Penguin II AC's and Dometic agreed to replace both with the new Brisk Air II at no cost due to this problem. Apparently the Brisk Air II units do not have a problem with the refrigerant. My local RV shop has recommended the Brisk Air II 15,000 BTU units and I hope to have these installed soon. I will follow up as this moves forward. Thanks for the responses and input.
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