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Getting out into the outdoors is great – until we remember just how hot it gets out there. So, if you want to bring the comfort of the indoors to the beauty of the outdoors, Outback Equipment stocks one of Australia's largest ranges of caravan air conditioners to make your next adventure a breeze. We’ve stocked all the best brands in all things air conditioning– to guarantee you can make the most of your trip. Check out our online collection of: 

  • Caravan reverse cycle air conditioners
  • Small split system air conditioners
  • 12-volt exhaust fans
  • 12 volt caravan fans

Reverse Cycle Caravan Air Conditioners

If your first thought was someone riding a bike backwards, you’ve probably spent a bit too long in the sun. When it comes to cooling down (or warming up), a reverse-cycle air conditioner for your caravan is about as good as it gets. 

In the summer, this tricky little unit uses a refrigerant to hand some heat back to the outdoors, cooling down your caravan. Then as the nights cool down, your reverse-cycle air conditioner will switch it up – scabbing some heat from the outdoors. Even if you think it’s colder outside, these clever little machines can find some heat from somewhere, and deliver it straight into your caravan or RV. This two-in-one appliance is the ultimate in luxury, being able to enjoy consistent temperatures no matter what the weather is like outside. If you need the temperature reversed (no matter what it is), grab yourself a reverse-cycle air conditioner for your caravan. 

Split System Air Conditioners For Caravans

If you’re looking to keep your caravan as clutter-free as possible, you’ll want a split system. Essentially, it’s the bits you need inside, and the bits you don’t want on the outside. So, the unit that sends cool air is in with you, and the fan that sends away your warm air stays out. 

Your caravan will be cooler, quieter, and cosier. And a small split-system air conditioner for caravans can be far less intrusive than bigger units – ideal for someone looking for a small caravan air conditioner. Before purchasing, it’s important to calculate your power consumption and weigh up how often you’ll be using an air conditioner in your vehicle. All our products only run on 240 volts, so if you're setting up at powered campsites for most of your travels, this choice is ideal. If you’re choosing to go off grid for a while, we recommend investing in another option. It’s also very important to keep an eye on the height and bulkiness of the product before installing. Bigger caravans will obviously need a bigger aircon system but take not of the sizing as you will have to consistently be aware of your clearance when it comes to overpasses and carparks. Height varies between brands, if you’re looking for a low-profile unit, we suggest the Truma Aventa or if you aren’t concerned, the Cormorant packs the biggest breeze. If you’re in need of a small split-system air conditioner for your caravan, look no further than the Outback Equipment range.  

Under Bunk Vs Roof Top Air Conditioners For Caravans

As their name suggested, roof top air conditioners are mounted on top of your caravans exterior whereas under bunk air conditioners are installed inside your van or campertrailer - typically in a cupboard or under a bed. Most caravan owners opt for roof top air conditioners are they don't take up valuable space within your caravan and the cool air is more evening dispearsed throughout the caravan or motorhome. However, if your caravan or camper trailer roof isn't rated to carry the weight of an air con unit, under bunk / built in units are a worthy alternative. 

How To Choose The Right Size Air Conditioner

The effectiveness of your caravan's air conditioner will depend on two factors; the cooling capacity of the unit and the size of your caravan or motorhome. A unit between 2 & 2.5KW will typically be capable of keeping you cool in caravan up to 5 metres in length and ff your van is between 5 and 6 metres, a 2.5 to 3KW unit will do the job. For caravans up to 7 metres in length you'll want to be looking at an air conditioner with 3KW + of cooling capacity. 

Caravan Air Conditioner Power Draw

Whilst it can be tempting to leave the AC on all night when you're off grid in summer - keep in mind that a typical caravan air conditioner unit can use anywhere from 1000 to 3000 watts of power, especially high when starting up. This isn't a problem when you've got a powered caravan site, however worth keeping in mind if you plan on running your caravan air conditioner via a generator. Be sure to check the manufacturer's specifications and make sure your generator is up to the task.

Caravan Air Conditioner Installation Considerations

A caravan air con unit can weigh up to 50kg+ and you'll need to check that your caravan's roof load rating is up to the job. It's possible to spread the weight more evenly throughout the roof of your van using a H frame however we recommend checking your manufacturer specifications to be 100% certain. Given your air conditioner runs on 240v - we also highly recommend you enlist the help of a qualified auto alectrician to connect every thing up.


Why Trust Outback Equipment? 

  • We’re Australian owned and operated – We’re based right here in the south of Brisbane. If you ever need help with an order or a product, you can call straight through to our friendly local team.
  • Plenty of payment options – You can pay via PayPal, MasterCard, Visa, zipMoney, Afterpay, and direct deposit – whichever is most convenient for you.
  • Delivered to your door – You don’t have to worry about darting across town to grab your order. We deliver your goods straight to your door to save you time and energy.
  • We carry one of Australia's largest ranges of caravan accessories and an easy returns process if you run into any troubles.