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The Truma Aventa: What’s New in RV Rooftop Air Conditioners?

The Truma Aventa: What’s New in RV Rooftop Air Conditioners?

RV air conditioning is always a hot topic (get it?) because many of us spend time traveling and living in our RVs in hot weather. Since the purpose of an RV is to offer us the comforts of home as we travel, efficient air conditioning is an important matter that commands a great deal of attention. And when any new product enters the market promising a more efficient (and less noisy) air conditioning system, most RVers are interested in learning about it. The Truma Aventa is no exception. This new rooftop air conditioner offers some pretty sweet specs and looks mighty promising.

So, in today’s post, we’re investigating the Truma Aventa and all of its key features.

What Is the Truma Aventa?

The Truma Aventa is a German-engineered air conditioner that combines a remarkable balance of cooling and humidity control to achieve a comfortable RV interior with minimal noise. The Aventa is billed as energy-efficient with a low-profile design.

Photo of the Truma Aventa RV AC

The Truma Aventa – available in both “Eco” and “Comfort” models – are low-profile RV AC units weighing in at around 73 pounds. (Photo credit: Truma Corp.)

One thing we want to be sure to mention right off the bat here is that Truma’s Aventa will be available on select new RVs… but is not currently an aftermarket offering. This means that although we’re interested in investigating it and reporting on it here, we want to also make it clear that no matter how intrigued you may be by the Aventa’s star qualities, you can’t currently order one to have it installed on your RV.

We want to mention this early on because we dislike spending time learning about an interesting new product only to reach the end of an article to learn that it’s unavailable to us. We’re reporting on the features of this air conditioning unit because we like the design, we think the balance of cooling and humidity control is a winner, and a quiet, low-profile air conditioner is worth mentioning.

We have readers who are in the market for new RVs, and it benefits them to be aware of the Truma Aventa because they may encounter it as an option as they shop. And in time, if Truma offers the Aventa as an aftermarket unit, we’ll all have been prepared in advance.

So let’s take a look!

Who Makes the Trumal Aventa?

The Truma Aventa is made by the Truma Corp. in Putzbrunn, Germany.

Truma Corp., named after United States President Harry S. Truman, was founded in 1949 by Philipp Kreis. Mr. Kreis’s first product was a gas lamp which he designed to address an issue he faced with lighting during power outages when he was running a night school teaching English in Munich. Today his company is the leading RV component supplier in Europe.

Mock-up of a European caravan with a Truma Aventa installed on the roof.

Truma is a name at the forefront of the RV industry in Europe and it has been for nearly 70 years. Here you see a mock-up of a European caravan with a Truma air conditioner installed on the roof. We look forward to seeing these on select new RVs in North America this year. (Photo credit: Truma Corp.)

In 2013, Truma Corp. opened an office in the U.S. in Elkhart, Indiana, an area often referred to as the “RV Capital of the World”, (and, interestingly, it’s also known as the “Band Instrument Capital of the World”). Truma’s Elkhart office handles all of its distribution and tech support in the North American marketplace.

We have considerable personal experience with the Truma brand, as all four of the RVs we’ve rented during international RV trips (Australia, England, Italy and New Zealand) were equipped with the Truma Combi. That’s a combined furnace & water heater that we absolutely loved.

We also recently had a Truma AquaGo on-demand water heater installed in our own RV. We’re loving it so far and will have lots to report about it in a future post.

Truma AquaGo

We’re loving our new Truma AquaGo on-demand water heater! Stay tuned for more about it in an upcoming post.

You can learn more about the fascinating history of Truma Corp.

You can also visit Truma’s locator for dealer partners throughout North America.

How Many Truma Aventa Models Are There?

There are two models of the Truma Aventa, both of which operate on 120V AC power.

The Aventa Eco offers 13,500 BTUs of cooling capacity, while the Aventa Comfort offers 15,000 BTUs.

How Long Has Truma Been Selling Aventa Air Conditioners?

Truma has been selling air conditioners in Europe and Australia since the late ’90s, but the North American version of the Truma Aventa was designed more recently, with the comparatively warmer weather of North America in mind, backed by more than 70 years of German engineering.

What Are the Key Features of the Truma Aventa Rooftop Air Conditioners?

Balance of Cooling and Humidity Control

Truma’s Aventa models offer a balance of cooling and humidity control designed to achieve maximum comfort in an RV’s living space. This focus on controlling humidity while cooling the RV is a stroke of genius if the Aventas do it well (which we’ve read they do) because as those of us who have lived in our RVs in areas with high humidity can testify, heat is not always the central issue that needs to be addressed.

If Truma achieves this balance as well as we’ve read they do with the Aventa, they’ve got a winner on their hands.

Chart explaining Truma's concept of the importance of the balance between cooling & humidity.

From Truma: “The correct interaction between temperature and humidity has a direct effect on your well-being. As the room temperature increases, humidity should decrease. Rooms with a temperature of 18 to 24 degrees and relative humidity of 40 to 70 percent are considered comfortable. Example: Temperature of 27°C and relative humidity of 65%. The comfort zone can be achieved with a compressor air conditioning system (dark blue arrow), but not with an evaporative system (light blue arrow).”

3 Energy-Efficient, Low-Amp Cooling Modes

Both Truma Aventa models have three manual cooling modes (low, medium, and high) and their three low-amp speeds appear to be very efficient.

  • Low speed = 9.4 amps AC (or 104 amps DC)
  • Medium speed = 9.6 amps AC (106 amps DC)
  • High speed = 10.5 amps AC (116 amps DC)

Ultra-Quiet

The Truma Aventa is marketed as “ultra-quiet”, and we’ve read that in real-world use one can actually hold a conversation without strain near a running Aventa. Truma achieves this by using a thick, noise-absorbing EPP foam core and shock absorber mounts for the compressor, which not only contribute to the quiet operation of these units but also reduce vibration.

Photo of a Truma AC unit running in a caravan while two people converse.

The Truma Aventa RV rooftop air conditioning units are said to be so quiet that a conversation can be comfortably understood, even standing right next to a running unit. (Photo credit: Truma Corp.)

Several Operation Modes

  • Cooling Mode

Cooling mode offers the three fan speeds noted above, or the system can be set to an automatic mode which allows the Aventa to select and adjust the fan speeds toward a comfortable temperature. Cool-down happens quickly and efficiently.

  • Air Circulation Mode

Air circulation mode allows you to keep the air circulating in your RV when cooling is unnecessary. Here you can manually choose your preferred fan speeds as well.

  • Dehumidification Mode

Dehumidification mode removes moisture from the air, giving you an effective dehumidifier in your rig. (This could prove to be a game-changer in some climates for sure.)

  • Night Mode

Night mode allows you to operate the unit at low speed with a timer, serving to keep noise at a minimum both inside and outside the RV when you are trying to sleep.

Compatible With Ducted and Non-Ducted Systems

Whether an RV has a ducted or ductless system, both models of the Truma Aventa are compatible for a seamless installation.

Air Flow Distributor

This feature is applicable to non-ducted installations and allows airflow to be directed downward and to the sides, distributed where it’s most needed.

Digital Thermostat With Remote

Both models of the Truma Aventa come with a remote that has a thermostat control allowing you to digitally set the temperature in the camper for automatic cooling and dehumidification to your desired settings.

They can be controlled wirelessly with the remote control or by using the Truma CP plus control panel (sold and installed separately), and they can be integrated into multiplex systems.

Will My Generator Run a Truma Aventa RV Air Conditioner?

You’d need a 3,000 Watt generator (or a 3,000 Watt inverter) to operate either model of the Truma Aventa. This is due to the power surge required at start-up.

We have no information as to whether the Truma Aventa is compatible with something like our Microair EasyStart 364 to handle the initial surge, but that would be a good question for Truma!

John standing beside our Micro-Air EasyTouch RV Thermostat

Here, John explains our Micro-Air EasyTouch RV Thermostat. We’re wondering if a product like our Micro-Air EasyStart would be compatible to reduce the startup surge of a Truma Aventa! It’s a good question for Truma!

When Will the Truma Aventa Air Conditioners Be Available?

That’s a good question, and one we can’t answer except to reiterate what we stated at the beginning of this post. The Truma Aventa will initially only be available on select new RVs but is not currently available as an aftermarket offering. Here again is that locator for Truma dealer partners, for those in the market for a new RV.

It’s possible that one day it will be available on the aftermarket, and with its reported success in achieving a remarkable balance of cooling + humidity control along with its low amp-draw, low noise, and low profile, we suspect it would be very well received.

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Ed Fogle

Monday 21st of February 2022

I wonder how the Truma compares to the new on the market RecPro air conditioners, especially in the noise area both decibels and quality of sound. It would be helpful to have a comparison of these qualities between these two newcomers and the Dometic and other units.

TheRVgeeks

Monday 21st of February 2022

Good question, Ed. We'd love to see a side-by-side compare of the Truma and the RecPro/Houghton unit(s) to see how they perform (noise, power consumption, cooling ability/speed, etc).

Drew

Monday 21st of February 2022

Removing humidity isn't unique to Truma. Every air conditioner has an evaporator coil that does it.

TheRVgeeks

Monday 21st of February 2022

That's true, Drew... but not all air conditioners have a dehumidying MODE. Yes... when running and cooling the interior, any air conditioner will remove humidity from the air. But with the Truma, you can dehumidify even if you don't want to cool. Handy for helping to keep interior humidity down, even when the temp is comfortable.

Mario Bouchard

Monday 21st of February 2022

Thanks for your analysis, I would like to comment on humility control with a cooling system. Every AC unit could remove more or less humidity in the interior space, this is why we see condensation outside. To improve this reduction of humidity we have first to do a good maintenance of the condenser and keep a good drainage of that condensation . But also, to improve humidity control it could be require to reduce the air flow by squeezing a bit some of the interior diffuser. This will allow a lower temperature of the air and more condensation.

TheRVgeeks

Monday 21st of February 2022

That's true, Mario. It's important to keep the coils clean to keep an AC unit operating correctly.

Uncle Mike

Monday 21st of February 2022

Maybe we’ll finally get a good quality AC unit in the RV market and give the current players some competition - they need it.

Drew

Monday 21st of February 2022

Mike, so what's wrong with a Dometic A/C unit? Many of us have had trouble free service from them for years. Can you site your personal experiences?

TheRVgeeks

Monday 21st of February 2022

We hear ya, Mike! Never hurts for there to be some new players stirring up a market! 😉

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