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Old 11-21-2021, 01:37 AM   #1
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Penguin A/C

I'm changing out my AC's on my 2001 HR Imperial. Original equipment as far as I can tell. Both are 13.5 units and the rear is a heat pump also. I'm confused over the penguin II's by the different models and btu's. Ducted vs non ducted. 13.5 vs 15 btu, prices vary tremendously. I know I have to upgrade the thermostat also. Can you guys that have done it provide me the model numbers you purchased? Recommendations for thermostat? I don't want the heat pump, we've never used it. Should I upgrade to the 15's? I want direct replacements with no modification needed if possible. Also, both units work of one thermostat. Thanks
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You may want to talk to PPL Motorhomes in Houston. When I thought I needed replacement they provided all info. Also had best deal. Replaced neighbors and they were best. They have been nice and helpfu. Good luck
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X 2 for PPL. For A/C units another place to check is Dyers in AZ.
https://www.dyersonline.com/?gclid=C...saAtWpEALw_wcB

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X3 on PPL, I talked to a sales person when I started to look and he was very helpful.



Here are some posts I did
https://www.irv2.com/forums/f115/rep...ts-559341.html
https://www.irv2.com/forums/f59/ceil...on-560050.html
https://www.irv2.com/forums/f54/easy...at-559450.html


I purchased 2 Penguin II high capacity AC/heat pump 15K units. My two 13.5K units could not keep up in hot weather. Yesterday it was ~85F when I pulled into the campground, only had 30 amps so turned on the front AC and a couple hours later it was cool inside.

I took the time to inspect and repair my ducts. I actually found a joint that had no tape on it that I could see, used an endoscope type camera. Found 2 other mouse holes.

I upgraded to the Micro Air Easy Touch thermostat, it was plug and play and you can control the thermostat via bluetooth in/near the coach. But if you have wifi you can check on the temps anywhere you have phone coverage. I really like this thermostat.
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I went with two Penguin II high capacity units when I replaced my originals. The ducted vs non ducted isn't really an issue. I believe they are both the same physically, but if you want an non-ducted unit you have to buy an interior shroud that has air deflectors.
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Read my recent post on Penguin II quality.

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f54/dometic-penguin-ii-a-c-workmanship-561871.html

Many of the PII's require the Comfort Control Center 2 (CCC2) thermostat to operate. Make sure that the PII has the CCC2 control board installed in it or you purchase the separate CCC2 control box. You should go directly to the Dometic website to see what's currently available. They often obsolete models, even those that have the CCC2 board installed.

If you currently have the Brisk Air style AC, I would recommend using these instead of the PII. I've helped install a couple over the last couple of weeks. Their workmanship seems much better than the PII and they're lighter and cheaper.

https://www.dometic.com/en-ca/outdoo...ii-air-_-20674
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I ordered the brisk air 2's but other than the hole lining up, nothing else is the same. The brisk comes with a elec plug where mine was hardwired. The mounting bolts are in different locations. There are no hookups for the thermostat wires (also installed new dometic digital thermostat) and I can't fig out where it drains from. I got with a tech and he told me I need a board for each unit (board #3312022.000) at 200 bucks each. Geezus, I didn't save any money shopping around and doing it myself!
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Rockwood---Now the tech is saying I need control box 3312020 to make these new AC's work and talk to thermostat
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Rockwood---Now the tech is saying I need control box 3312020 to make these new AC's work and talk to thermostat
It seems many of the Brisk Airs don't have a control board installed. Dometic made at least 2 different thermostats. I believe the "CCC2" style (about 6-7 inches wide x 3 inches tall) requires the 3312020 board. If you don't have the CCC2 thermostat, then you need a different control board (I don't know the P/N). If you do a Google search you can find them for under $200. The control box has all the plugs for the thermostat, etc. I've attached a photo from Amazon.

BTW, the A/C drains into the lower pan and then drains onto the roof.

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Old 12-09-2021, 12:29 PM   #10
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2001 HR Imperial--I have installed 2 ducted Brisk units in place of my old penguins. They required new control boxes (3312020) so I got them yesterday and installed. My problem is that besides the main power, ground and comm wires, I have 2 white, 2 black and 2 grey wires from my motorhome that connect to the fwd ac. I assume they connect to the yellow, blue and red wires off the control box. Does anyone have a pic or diagram to show how they hook up?
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