What Are The Benefits Of RV Airflow Systems?
While attending a national manufacturer’s rally last year, we were introduced to RV Airflow Systems. We had seen a video here and there discussing them, but we weren’t really in a position to purchase them.
We knew there were benefits, and when we saw their vendor booth, we immediately purchased two of them for our three-AC, 44-foot toy hauler fifth wheel.
Later that afternoon, we installed the RV Airflow Systems in our bedroom and were so impressed with the results that we returned to the vendor booth to purchase another for the remaining air conditioner! The installation was rather easy compared to other projects we’ve completed on the rig.
What is the RV Airflow System?
RV Airflow Systems are compatible with many RV manufacturers, including over 140 confirmed compatible RV lines. All of these rigs have air conditioner models built by Coleman or Dometic, the supported versions, in conjunction with ducted AC builds.
The RV Airflow System is composed of high-density, 3-pound extended polystyrene (EPS), custom shaped to correctly fit the air conditioner model. The shape of the primary isolation unit depends on your air conditioner model.
The RV Airflow System is designed to improve the airflow of your AC’s output, if you have a ducted system. To know if you have a ducted system, look for vents in your ceiling that are separate from the large intake, usually placed right below the AC unit that resides on the RV roof.
The airflow is increased to the ducting by reducing the majority of the pressure leakage that comes through the inside cover. Instead, it forces maximum air volume into the ducting.
Older models with ducted ACs may have square corners in the system, but manufacturers recognize that curves, where the air doesn’t hit solid surfaces, greatly reduces noise. The RV Airflow system will work in both for increased airflow.
We knew from the company’s marketing materials and from the massive quantity of testimonials that the system should reduce the noise from our air conditioners. Still, we were dubious. After installing them, however, it was very clear to us that the noise was immensely reduced.
The community-reported measurements vary, but you should expect from 5 to 25 decibels in noise reduction. This will vary by the model, age, and the current condition of your AC unit.
The RV Airflow’s EPS construction does not absorb water, which eliminates the potential for mold. The module is lightweight and won’t increase the load on your RV.
In addition, by improving the airflow, the system also can extend the life of your air conditioning by making it work less and not as hard when it is running. We found that, after installation, our bedroom AC didn’t turn on as frequently during the night, since more of the cool air was getting into the room instead of inside the ceiling.
If one of these systems should ever have to be removed, they are 100% recyclable. It’s always nice to know that a product you purchase for installation on your rig won’t be causing additional harm to the environment.
It’s also 100% safe for your family, as it contains no CFC, HCFC, or HFC blowing agents, or formaldehyde, and it is chemically inert so it does not produce methane gas or any contaminating leachates.
Lastly, all RV Airflow Systems are made right here in the USA. We proudly placed their provided logo sticker on our RV along with the others from the manufacturer. To learn more about RV Airflow Systems, visit their website.
RVers looking for valuable how-to information have learned to go to the experts. Forums such as iRV2.com and blog sites like RV LIFE, Do It Yourself RV, and Camper Report provide all the information you need to enjoy your RV. You’ll also find brand-specific information on additional forums like Air Forums, Forest River Forums, and Jayco Owners Forum.
Since 2019 Lucinda Belden has been a full-time RVer and travel writer specializing in topics such as living on the road, working while traveling, RVing with outdoor recreation toys, and discovering unique location experiences. She is also the Program Director for MyRVRadio, a non-stationary radio station for RVers broadcasting news, events, culture, expert advice, humor, and entertainment. As a skilled entrepreneur, promoter and travel industry consultant, she and her husband Will Belden organize national events for the outdoor industry, such as the Direction Wide Open RV & Motorcycle Rally. She draws daily inspiration from the full-time RV lifestyle, motorcycling and world travel expeditions.
Frank S says
I already bought this and installed it and it has made a world of difference in air circulation. I now have air flow in my back bedroom. Wish I had known about it before.
Lucinda Belden says
Thanks for sharing Frank. We were surprised at the difference and glad we added them!
Steve Beiser says
It would be nice to know how and why it works.
Lucinda Belden says
I didn’t get into the how and why but you can watch the video or download the manuals for them online and get the nitty gritty details.
Art Miller says
Good question! Stock from the factory, the air conditioner is blowing straight down out of the roof mounted air conditioner into a square box plenum. Traveling down it hits the bottom baffle plate where it has to take a 90′ turn to get out into the ducting, loosing volume and velocity. What we do is take it straight from the base of the AC and smoothly transition it into the ducting. Keeping the volume high and the velocity high. Effectively carrying that same cold air the ac is producing further faster.
Thank you, Lucinda, for your wonderful article about our product and sharing your experience. Stay Cool!
How do I purchase your items
Lucinda Belden says
Apologies – I only write about items I use, have or am researching to use. I don’t have sales information but it you search for “RV Airflow Systems”which is the name of the product, you will find it immediately on Google.
Terry Bryant says
The video showed a Coleman system that did not appear to be a ducted system. I have two roof mounted A/C’s that actually are ducted so not sure how this would work with them. Would really like more information on this system and how it would work on my particular system.
Jerry Allen says
Can I order the unit that fits Dometic AC. How much will it cost me for 2 Dometic units shipped to my home in Hurst TX 76054?
Lucinda Belden says
I don’t have sales information but if you check directly with Dometic, they can provide you the cost.