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74 • RV PRO • MARCH 2016 rv-pro.com I f Airxcel Inc. and Dometic Corp. were distance runners rather than RV and marine product suppliers, they'd be talking about personal bests rather than worrying about the other guy. Both companies have new air con- ditioner models out for the RV market: Airxcel is excited about its Mach 10 unit, which offers a lower profile than its stan- dard units and a more modest price-point than its low-profile Mach 8, while Dometic is focused on the technological improve- ments its Blizzard NXT brings to the table. While both companies serve OEMs and the aftermarket, they might also want to cast a wary eye behind them at Advent Air, a somewhat newer competitor on the block with a golden RV pedigree that's busy claiming a chunk of the aftermarket as its own. Cold as the Driven Snow Dave Schutz, vice president of RV OEM sales and marketing for the Americas RV division of Dometic Corp., says the Blizzard NXT marks a breakthrough with Dometic's air conditioners for North America. "It's the first time we're using a composite base pan as opposed to stamped steel in North America, which is what we've always used in the past," he says. "The stamped steel is heavy and it doesn't always conform too well, but with the composite we've designed it so all the components drop into place. We have less fasteners and have designed in structural elements to add rigidity." It also doesn't transfer sound at the same level other base pans do. The other change with the Blizzard is the use of EPP (expanded polypropylene) foam, which looks a little like Styrofoam but is a denser material designed specifically for energy management and cushioning. "We've been able to conform it to the components that hold the fan, the evap- Airxcel, Dometic and Advent tout advancements in RV air conditioner technology as they battle for market share. By K. Schipper COOL Competition Dave Schutz, vice president of RV OEM sales and marketing for the Americas RV division of Dometic Corp., is pictured with several of the company's air conditioner models at its facility in Elkhart. Schutz says technological improvements to the company's Blizzard NXT model mark a breakthrough with Dometic's air conditioners for North America. PHOTOS COURTESY OF ADVENT, AIRXCEL AND DOMETIC

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