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April 20, 2007 - Run on 12 V power from truck batteries, auxiliary cooling and heating system consists of 7,000 or 10,000 BTU split or self-contained air conditioning system, DC/AC inverter, alternator, and optional shorepower pass-through. Quiet operation is ensured because no separate diesel auxiliary power unit is required. Batteries are kept fully charged whenever truck is running, and system meets federal, state, and local clean-air requirements.

Dometic Introduces All-Electric No-Idle Auxiliary HVAC Solutions for Trucks

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Dometic Corp., The
2320 Industrial Pkwy.
Elkhart, IN, 46516

Press release date: March 22, 2007

New HVAC Systems Operate on 12 Volt Power from Trucks' Batteries, No Extra Diesel Generator Required

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. - March 22, 2007 - At the 2007 Mid-America Trucking Show, Dometic Environmental Corporation is introducing an expanded series of all-electric auxiliary air conditioning solutions that run on 12 Volt power from the trucks' batteries.

The new all-electric HVAC systems are designed to provide clean, quiet and cost-effective cooling and heating without the need for a separate diesel auxiliary power unit (APU).

"The all-electric systems meet the most stringent federal, state and local clean-air requirements," said Lou Siegel, senior vice president, marketing and strategic business development for Dometic Environmental Corporation. "Since no separate diesel engine is required, they are quieter, use no fuel and produce no exhaust emissions. The installed cost is considerably less than that of an APU-based system and maintenance costs are virtually eliminated."

The Dometic all-electric package includes a 7,000 or 10,000 BTU split or self-contained air conditioning system, a DC-AC inverter, a high-capacity alternator and optional shorepower pass-through. The inverter converts the 12 Volt battery output into 120 Volt AC power to drive the air conditioner. The alternator, which replaces the existing engine-mounted alternator, keeps the batteries fully charged whenever the truck is running. The optional shorepower connection can recharge the batteries and run the air conditioner whenever an outside AC power hookup is available.

Dometic's patented split-system design consists of a condenser/fan unit mounted outside the truck and a compact evaporator/compressor/blower unit inside the vehicle, with quick-connect refrigerant linesets. The two units are both factory precharged with refrigerant, so that the entire system is automatically charged to the correct pressure when the linesets are connected.

The Dometic air conditioners can provide built-in electric heat, and can also be integrated with fossil-fuel heating systems for supplemental heat as needed.

"In addition to the all-electric solutions, we also offer a full range of self-contained and split air conditioning systems for use with conventional diesel APUs," said Siegel. "We also provide extensive factory engineering and technical support, as well as nationwide 24/7 service."

About Dometic Environmental Corporation

Dometic Environmental Corporation (, a business unit of Dometic Corporation, is a world leader in air conditioning and refrigeration technology for marine, vehicular and other applications. The company's products are marketed under the Dometic, Cruisair, Marine Air Systems, Grunert and Sentry brand names, with a heritage dating back over 45 years. Corporate headquarters and operations are in Pompano Beach, Fla., with operations also in Richmond, Va. Factory-trained service facilities are located throughout the world.

About Dometic Corporation

Dometic is a customer driven, world-leading provider of innovative leisure products for the caravan, motorhome and marine markets. Dometic offers a complete range of air conditioners, refrigerators, awnings, cookers, sanitation systems, lighting, windows, doors and other equipment that make leisure life more comfortable away from home.

Dometic also provides refrigerators for specific use in hotel rooms, offices and for storage of medical products and wine along with comfort products designed for the over the road truck market. Dometic's products are sold in almost 100 countries and are produced mainly in Dometic's own production facilities around the world. Dometic has more than 4,400 employees.
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I purchase a 2010 frieightliner,cascadia in January 2014 and is seeking to install an electric heating system in the cab. I need information about this set-up, in relation to cost of purchase and installation

By Gerard Ambo on Mar 1, 2014 20:04

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