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Kohler to Offer Integrated Auxiliary Power and HVAC System for Trucks

November 6, 2006
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Kohler Power Systems, a supplier of mobile generator technology, has selected Dometic Environmental Corp. as the supplier of HVAC components for its new auxiliary power unit (APU).

Kohler has announced the introduction of an integrated package, consisting of a 5 kW side rail-mounted air-cooled diesel engine and a Dometic-supplied 115V air conditioning and heating system.

"We are very excited to team with Kohler Power Systems, a company that is widely known and respected in the power generation industry," said Lou Siegel, senior vice president, marketing and strategic business development for Dometic Environmental. "Kohler's industry-leading diesel generator technology is backed by a service network of more than 500 distributors and dealers nationwide."

"We kept the truck owner's needs in mind when designing this new APU," said Chris Baldwin, director, Kohler mobile generator business. "We are offering a space-saving, fuel-efficient product that keeps installation and maintenance costs to a minimum."

Kohler's 5 kW APU, with its air-cooled, self-contained diesel engine, is designed to minimize intrusion into the truck's existing systems. The unit measures just 27 inches x 26 inches x 23 inches and weighs less than 350 pounds. The oil-service interval is 500 hours. The system includes Kohler's Advanced Digital Controller, which allows the driver to start and stop the generator and adjust the heating and cooling from inside the cab. The digital controller also features an LED screen that displays up to 13 operational conditions.

Dometic's auxiliary HVAC system, offered in 10,000 or 14,000 Btu capacities, consists of an external condensing unit and a low-profile compressor/evaporator/blower unit that mounts inside the sleeper. The two units are connected by flexible refrigerant lines that are pre-charged at the factory for hookup without special tools. The systems come with a 1.5, 2, or 2.5 kW built-in electrical heating unit.

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Publication date: 11/06/2006

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