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ppine

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Posted: 06/07/20 08:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For California consider a evaporative cooler. Then you only need to run a little fan.

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Posted: 06/07/20 11:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Best bang for the buck would be a window unit. If there are no financial constraints I would go with a roof top AC for ease of installation. Portable A/C are expensive and inefficient.

Neighbor bought a portable A/C for his trailer would not cool it down. He took it back and bought a bigger portable A/C still would not cool the trailer. He ended up going to a RV shop and had a 15k btu unit installed.

Some new small trailers come with a window unit because they are more inexpensive.

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Posted: 06/07/20 01:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ppine wrote:

For California consider a evaporative cooler. Then you only need to run a little fan.
I never thought of this because California has a dry climate a evaporative cooler would be less costly to operate as well, excellent idea.

Where I live they don't work well because of high humidity.

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Posted: 06/08/20 09:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I still suggest that the roof unit is the best option.
Not because of price, or sound, or any other suggesting, but that this is what 99% of RVs use and is what the industry uses. It is made to cool RVs. On the roof it is out of the way, and does not block anything inside. Resale value...
Most likely the wiring is already there. The wiring is just 3 wires, white, black and green, and this will match the 3 wires in the AC unit.


The split units are iffy. Cheap ones are going to disappoint. Good ones will be expensive. The ones that use the tubes to move air in or out of the camper may not be a good choice. this puts everything outside and then u have to cover it. Some of the portables bring in hot outside air, cool it and the cool air has to leak out of the camper somewhere as the AC only brings in outside air. This is taking hot air and cooling it, rather than recirculating cooled air and making it cooler. The ones with two tubes will recirculate the air at least.

A window unit is great if you can make it fit.

Looking for efficiency? How does that matter? How much gas will that save in the generator really?

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Posted: 06/08/20 08:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ajriding wrote:

I still suggest that the roof unit is the best option.
Not because of price, or sound, or any other suggesting, but that this is what 99% of RVs use and is what the industry uses. It is made to cool RVs. On the roof it is out of the way, and does not block anything inside. Resale value...
Most likely the wiring is already there. The wiring is just 3 wires, white, black and green, and this will match the 3 wires in the AC unit.


The split units are iffy. Cheap ones are going to disappoint. Good ones will be expensive. The ones that use the tubes to move air in or out of the camper may not be a good choice. this puts everything outside and then u have to cover it. Some of the portables bring in hot outside air, cool it and the cool air has to leak out of the camper somewhere as the AC only brings in outside air. This is taking hot air and cooling it, rather than recirculating cooled air and making it cooler. The ones with two tubes will recirculate the air at least.

A window unit is great if you can make it fit.

Looking for efficiency? How does that matter? How much gas will that save in the generator really?


If it is "an older trailer", is it REALLY going to help or improve "resale value"?

The answer is NO.

You probably would have to go back into the 1990s to find a trailer that did not have a A/C included from factory. My guess is the trailer the OP is talking about would be before 2000 and really an new RV roof mounted A/C unit would be worth more than the RV its self.

Get over "resale value" it is non existent, RVs lose value, you buying it for your pleasure, pretty much a hobby and with any hobby, pretty darn near everything in the hobby world is worth less when you attempt to sell it.

I am a bit with you on the split units, insanely expensive to start with for the cooling power you get, difficult to find the outdoor unit which runs on 120V (most split units are setup for 220V), pretty hard to find a split unit which is not a heat pump (more expensive and less reliable).

As far as window units efficiency goes, not about "saving gas" it is about getting MORE COOLING PER WATT. A 11K BTU window unit draws less current than the beloved "RV 13.5K roof air" and yet will give you pretty much the SAME COOLING CAPACITY as the 13.%K RV Roof air.

My current trailer with TWO window air units and total of 16.5K BTU can freeze you out on a sweltering 110F day and can operate on a 15A breaker.. I HAVE done that.. Don't try that with a RV A/C..

I also have a "power save mode", your RV A/C does not have that.. With power save, it operates just like your Home sticks and bricks, once the T stat has been satisfied, not only does the compressor shut down but so does the FAN.. Fan will cycle on for a couple of seconds once and a while so it can check the air temp and once the T stat calls for cooling the fan and compressor starts..

Go ahead and hug your RV A/C, I am not attached to them..

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Posted: 06/08/20 08:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I agree that a Window AC unit is the cheapest and possibly the best option. But,, unfortunately,, these days with the way people are you will have to keep it hidden at a lot of parks. People will "Look down their nose at you" if you have a window unit sticking out the side of your camper. And, some parks will not allow it.

If you build it into the camper as Gdetrailer has said, and you keep it looking nice then that is helpful and you should be OK.

Have a nice Day

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Posted: 06/09/20 01:30am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My 2018 rooftop A/C is very noisy and would not be my choice if I had to spend the big money to replace it.

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