Check out this energy efficient 12-volt air conditioner that is perfect for a camper van. It installs onto your van’s roof just like traditional RV air conditioners but is vastly more energy efficient. Most rooftop air conditioners require 120 volt AC power to operate. Normally this is provided by shore power or a generator. In some cases you can run a standard unit from an inverter but inverters often struggle “starting” the compressor. In contrast, this B-Cool unit runs directly from your 12 volt DC battery bank. We highly recommend using lithium deep cycle batteries with this unit.
Not sure which unit is best for your rig? Check out our comparison spreadsheet to see many of the most important data points across the various units at a glance. We'll be continually adding to this reference over time and expanding it with as much "real world" testing as we can!
Cooling Capacity: 10,230 BTU
Quiet operation: rated between 36-40 dBa.
Power consumption: ranges between 50 and 70 amps at 12 volts DC depending on conditions.
Net Weight: 83.75lbs (38kg)
Rooftop unit: 37.8″ long x 28.35″ wide x 6.5″ 19.7″ tall
Interior unit: 19.7″long x 13.4″ wide x 4.5″ tall
Roof hole/cut out size:
Minimum: 24.4″ long x 14.2″ wide
Maximum: 29.5″ long x 19.7″ wide
Refrigerant: R-134a @ 650g
Air Conditioner Includes
- B-Cool 9000 RM 12V air conditioning unit
- Interior trim panel
- Remote control
- Wiring harness
- All mounting hardware
- Waterproof gasket
Interior Trim Options
The interior unit can be installed with the included trim piece or you can choose to use your ceiling material to create your own trim appearance as illustrated by the van install below that used Lonseal flooring on the ceiling along with a custom trim ring. Note, both the interior and exterior units are white. The image on the left below shows the interior united painted a light grey.