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Message posted by roy gallafant on 30/9/2017 at 5:03pm
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Hi,
We holiday in Spain every year and decided that it would be more comfortable especially at night if we had air con. fitted.
We bought a Dometic freshjet 2200 from the caravan show for what I think was a very reasonable price and it included fitting. The company that fitted it did a very neat job, the unit replaces the rooflight in the kitchen. The air con works really well, it is really quiet when the fan is blowing but the thing that concerns me is, when the cooling compressor kicks in or goes off the caravan rocks. I wonder if anybody has this air con fitted to their caravan or motorhome and if so does theirs do this. I have spoken to Dometic and they didn't really give me an answer,they referred me back to the dealer who fitted it. The problem is the dealers fit them but they are not service engineers so they do not have any knowledge about them. Dometic suggested checking the torque on the mounting screws, I was in Spain and got a fitter from a local caravan dealer to check it. He checked the torque on the mounting screws and they were fine. He listened to the compressor but couldn't tell me whether this was a normal occurrence. He did say that it was a powerful motor driving the compressor so it was possible that it was normal.
Having said all this it is not bad enough to wake us up, but I would like to know whether this is normal.
Regards. Roy

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Are you sure that all four corner steadies were firmly down on the ground?
It may seem daft asking this but if everything regarding the air conditioning has been tested and approved then any rocking can only be related to insufficient stability of the caravan body.

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I'm assuming Bailey say it is alright to fit aircon to that model.

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Remember, if you buy something you bought it, not brought it.

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I'm afraid cheap reciprocating compressors do start with a bang, especially above 1hp. We used to get call outs to a particular serve over counter I remember, I had to tell the customer it's just a big compressor.
All building AC are now inverter driven and they start slowly, just ticking over then rev up if required. It's about time Dometic entered the 21st century

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Thank you for replying, tango55 I took on board what you suggested, I had checked the corner steadies when we were in Spain as that was what the caravan fitter suggested but, I store the caravan on a concrete base and this morning I wound the steadies down (and a bit more). I had to put the heating on in the caravan as it was below 16 degrees but when I checked the a/c, the start and stop didn't seem so violent. I think that along with fleck2's reply tells me that it is normal but to make sure that the steadies are down solidly.
Thank you fleck2 you have put it into perspective.

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Quote: Originally posted by roy gallafant on 30/9/2017
Hi,
We holiday in Spain every year and decided that it would be more comfortable especially at night if we had air con. fitted.
We bought a Dometic freshjet 2200 from the caravan show for what I think was a very reasonable price and it included fitting. The company that fitted it did a very neat job, the unit replaces the rooflight in the kitchen. The air con works really well, it is really quiet when the fan is blowing but the thing that concerns me is, when the cooling compressor kicks in or goes off the caravan rocks. I wonder if anybody has this air con fitted to their caravan or motorhome and if so does theirs do this. I have spoken to Dometic and they didn't really give me an answer,they referred me back to the dealer who fitted it. The problem is the dealers fit them but they are not service engineers so they do not have any knowledge about them. Dometic suggested checking the torque on the mounting screws, I was in Spain and got a fitter from a local caravan dealer to check it. He checked the torque on the mounting screws and they were fine. He listened to the compressor but couldn't tell me whether this was a normal occurrence. He did say that it was a powerful motor driving the compressor so it was possible that it was normal.
Having said all this it is not bad enough to wake us up, but I would like to know whether this is normal.
Regards. Roy



We have the Freshjet 2200 mounted on our caravan and we found it did do quite a shudder when kicking in and out in the dehumidify mode. Using it tp coll down the caravan to 18C there was not issue.

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Thank you for that iank01, that has confirmed that mine is normal. One question, I always run mine in auto mode, it doesn't actually say in the instruction book that it dehumidifies as well as cools but I am presuming that this is the case, as there was always liquid dripping of the caravan when we were using it in Spain.

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Yes cooling mode does de humidify. De humidify mode is same as cooling mode but the fan inside runs very slowly so it doesn't cool as much.
Auto mode doesn't involve de humidify mode, auto mode will just switch between cooling and heating mode to achieve the set temperature.
That's how building AC works anyway, I'm presuming they're the same.

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Quote: Originally posted by roy gallafant on 03/10/2017
Thank you for that iank01, that has confirmed that mine is normal. One question, I always run mine in auto mode, it doesn't actually say in the instruction book that it dehumidifies as well as cools but I am presuming that this is the case, as there was always liquid dripping of the caravan when we were using it in Spain.



On the remote you can select so that it dehumidifies only which is good if you have just cooked a meal. We seldom use it on auto preferring the manual mode as you can lower the speed of the fan.


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