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Can I use a portable AC in my RV?

You can use a portable AC in an RV. You will need a six inch hole in window to pipe the hot air outside. It works.

Riding luxuriously across the country in your RV is one of the best feelings ever. According to us, the essence of summer essentially lies in the excitement of being on the road 24*7 and exploring the breathtaking panoramic landscapes that you have only witnessed in pictures.

However, as merry as it sounds, if not controlled effectively, the summer heat can turn out to be the biggest ordeal standing between you and your happy time. If you don’t already have an air conditioner installed in the camper, we would suggest you resort to a portable one.

Naturally, you will have a wide array of options to choose from but to ensure that you have got your hands on the best one, make a list of your needs.

Before anything else, know the amount of BTU that will be required to efficiently cool your RV. For those of you who might not know, the BTU for an air conditioning unit depends on the square footage of the RV it is expected to work for.

For instance, if your RV is of the standard size, a 13,500 BTU air conditioner will be enough but, if your rig is larger than this, the capacity of the AC unit shouldn’t be less than 18,000 BTU.


Types of portable RV air conditioner

  • RV window air conditioner

The RV window air conditioners are the most straightforward choice for portable ACs and justifiably so. They are accompanied by the virtues of incredible cooling, hassle-free installation, and easy maintenance.

If you browse through the choices carefully, you will certainly come across an AC unit that perfectly corresponds with the size of your RV and comprises of all the indispensable cooling components that nullify the aggravating noise of the thermostat.

  • Vent-free portable air conditioner

Vent-free portable air conditioners are, undoubtedly, one of the most popular appliances from this category. Unlike the conventional RV AC units, these are smaller in size, and their designs are bound to sweep you off your feet.

If aesthetics matter to you, this style is the one you should go for. Also known as “swamp cooler”, the air conditioner works on a unique moist air ventilation technology that eliminates the necessity of using the refrigeration process to cool the air.

Instead, the air conditioner depends on evaporated air which when released in a dry room can instantly drop the temperature. Additionally, the air conditioning unit is light and compact and consumes very little energy as only the vent must be supplied with power.

Nonetheless, if you mostly have plans of traveling to humid places, this portable air conditioner will not be the perfect companion owing to its cooling technique.

  • Portable RV air conditioner

Even though the portable RV air conditioners are cheaper than their counterpart mentioned in the preceding segment, they take up more space.

The piece of equipment, depending on the model, can have one or two holes to ventilate the hot air. Besides, it also has adjustable frames that can be affixed under the window of the RV to keep the hoses intact.

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