It’s no secret that air conditioning soft starters have genuinely transformed the RV industry. However, even with so many happy RVers enjoying soft starters, many still have questions about this handy technology upgrade. If you love to camp in the hot summer months, enjoying your A/C unit is essential on those sweltering days and uncomfortable, sticky evenings. But for most rig owners with two or more A/C units on their RV or travel trailer, sometimes it can be difficult to find a campsite with enough power to start all your air conditioning units. This is especially true if you’re the kind who likes to camp in rural spots or campsites off the beaten path.
After a recent interview with the team at SoftStartRV, curious RV owners can now get the answers to some of the most common questions about soft start devices. Keep reading to learn more.
SoftStartRV Answers the Top 7 Questions About A/C Soft Starters
- What A/C problems does a typical camper or trailer have?
Typically, the biggest issue RVers face when dealing with one or more air conditioners is reducing the initial current spike needed to power them on. Suppose you’ve got a fifth wheel, big travel trailer, or motorhome with 2 or more A/C units, and you often spend time at campgrounds with 30-amp connections. In that case, you’ll only be able to start one A/C unit because there isn’t enough remaining power to get the second A/C unit started. Unfortunately, in these situations, you’re left with only enough of a power surge to keep half of your RV cool during those hot summer days and nights.
- How does a soft starter work?
The SoftStartRV is an innovative device designed to gently smooth out the startup power demand of your RV’s air conditioner compressor. SoftStartRV helps to reduce startup power demand by up to 70%, quickly solving those annoying A/C startup problems.
- What are the nighttime benefits provided by a soft starter?
If you or anyone in your family is a light sleeper, you’re likely all too familiar with the thump of the A/C compressor starting up and waking you in the night, leading to restless sleep. The SoftStartRV not only helps your air conditioner to start up more quickly, but it will eliminate that annoying thump and trailer shake as well. Making it possible to stay cool at night and sleep more soundly.
- In addition to providing a cool and comfortable night of sleep, are there any other benefits to an A/C soft starter?
Ever had to deal with power management issues while running your A/C? If so, you’re not alone. Luckily, because your generator doesn’t have to work as hard during A/C startup, you’ll also be able to reduce frustrating power management problems. With the SoftStartRV, you’ll have more power to use other large appliances like your fridge, hairdryer, and blender—all simultaneously with your air conditioner.
- Aside from solving power management issues, are there any other great features of an A/C soft starter?
Yes! If you’re into DIY, the A/C soft start is a quick task. The unit installs inside the rooftop A/C cover and generally takes about 45 minutes from start to finish to complete. When you purchase the system, you’ll also get detailed installation instructions, colour-coded wiring diagrams, and access to helpful how-to video links—in case you get stuck somewhere along the way. Additionally, the US-based manufacturer maintains a trained technical support staff that is well-known for its 5-star outstanding customer service ratings. Any professional RV tech can install a SoftStartRV A/C soft starter if you’re not the DIY type.
- How much does an air conditioner soft starter cost?
The SoftStartRV typically sells for $329, but there is a special Factory Direct Price offer for Explorer RV Club members. For a limited time, you can enjoy $30 off with free shipping, a free Install Kit, a free 90-day trial with a 100% satisfaction and return guarantee, and a 1-year warranty, extendable to 2 years – free with online registration. Have more than one A/C? Order one for each A/C unit in your RV and save even more!
- What else should RV owners know about A/C soft starters?
SoftStartRV units are also a good fit for those with truck campers and small travel trailers that use a small generator for their power needs. Larger generators and inverters can be a considerable investment, often starting at prices over $2,000. And the cost to rewire an older 30-amp system can also be expensive. With SoftStartRV, it’s possible to use your existing power options and quickly start your A/C units to enjoy a relaxed and comfortable summer camping season—no matter the size of your rig.
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