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helenozee

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Posted: 08/20/20 08:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Last weekend I spent four days living in my RV, parked in front of my daughter's house in Phoenix, AZ. It was approximately 115 degrees outside. I live in Las Vegas, NV, and it was similar weather here. Driving to Phoenix with my generator going the whole time, it was 99 degrees inside when we arrived (my dogs and I). The first couple days I ran either the front A/C or the back. Running my generator 24/7, the temperature inside in the front or back only cooled to mid to low 90s. I called on the 3rd day and talked to a repair person who told me I had to run both because they're ducted. I also went to Home Depot and purchased a Toshiba room A/C. With that helping, I was able to get to the mid to high 80s. I could not plug in to their house because they only have 15 amp. It kept tripping the breaker.

I don't usually travel in my RV in temps like this. It's a 2005 Fleetwood Discovery diesel pusher, model 35H. In the years up till now, I would only use the A/C a few times a year, just to cool down when it was maybe high 80s outside, and only for a few hours. I do dog agility and don't go anywhere that's really hot. When I visited Phoenix I wouldn't take the RV. Now I need to take my dogs and need to take the RV.

Last summer I let my ex-husband use the RV to live in while his house was completed in Pahrump, NV. The weather was in the 100s, and he used the A/C 24/7, hooked to electricity. Near the end of the time he lived in it, he said the motor was going out on the A/C, and he replaced it. (I had to buy it! [emoticon])

Here are my questions: Do I need new air conditioner(s)? Do any of them work if it gets that hot? Is something else worn out from using it so much last summer?

Someone just suggested I get a roll of foam foil insulation for my windows. I'm going back to Phoenix in a few weeks and dreading the thought of living in that boiling hot tin can for another few days.

Comments or suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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Posted: 08/20/20 08:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Your ACs are probably fine, those conditions are just far beyond what they can handle. You could find a dog-friendly hotel or motel and stay there at night.


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Posted: 08/20/20 09:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

AC cant drop the temp 45 degrees. Maybe 20 at best if well insulated etc

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Posted: 08/20/20 09:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm having similar issues on my 5er. After research, I think my AC is running ok, but it's hard to expect more than about a 15* drop from the outside temp. Maybe you can get 20*. Which is still stupid hot when them outside temp is 115* (I'm in Phx as I type this).

The generator in your RV should be more than adequate to run both AC's. That would be my suggestion. It will certainly help more than running 1 AC. The reflective insulation in the windows will also help.

I'm sure you are already doing this, but run the AC 24 hours a day. It is much easier to cool the inside of the RV if it starts out cool. If you are starting from 100*, it is REALLY hard to get a significant temperature drop.


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Posted: 08/20/20 09:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Run both 24/7. No reason to turn anything off.


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Posted: 08/20/20 10:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You're MH is 15 years old. Maybe you need new A/C. I had to take a MH from Tucson to San Diego and the dash air was out. Going down the interstate I ran the house A/C and was comfortable inside when it was 110 outside.


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I have a similar DP as the OP, a 2005 Fleetwood Excursion 39S and it doesn't do any better than yours - that's why they put wheels on them so you can move to someplace cooler.

Here's a helpful suggestion - pull in your slides, you'll have less space to cool off.

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I'd be tempted to get a mist system to assist the air conditioners. There are some that do 1/2 gallon per hour per nozzle.

The only place in my RV world where I tripped a breaker, inside my rv, was on Mesa AZ on July 29.

If you have a way to monitor voltage--set the fridge to propane--and try running just one air conditioner on the 15 amp shore power. If the voltage stays at 108 or above--then you are fine. Do check voltage often.

Do you have a tarp you could place over the front windshield? If not, pick one up at a dollar store.


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Posted: 08/21/20 04:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You’re going to spray water inside?


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Posted: 08/21/20 04:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

sounds like its normal. hard to cool a box made of aluminum.

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