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Old 07-27-2014, 01:48 AM   #29
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Hmmmm... Must be a function of the surface area exposed to direct sunlight, outside ambient temperature, the size of the RV air conditioner, and the inside volume of air being cooled. Our 19' Bambi has never had problems cooling down, even in 110+ degree heat.

Last summer when our home heat pump was dying, we spent a couple of days in our Bambi in late June and again in mid-September, waiting for the air conditioning repair tech to come. On both occasions, the daytime highs were 105-110 degrees; and the air conditioner in our Bambi never had any problems cooling it down to around 75 degrees. However, we do NOT have panoramic windows, and we cover the side windows and ceiling vents with auto shade screens.

Since 2005 (when we bought our Bambi), there have been several occasions when we stayed in our Bambi instead of imposing on relatives and neighbors when we had problems.
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Old 07-27-2014, 09:07 AM   #30
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Hmmmm... Must be a function of the surface area exposed to direct sunlight, outside ambient temperature, the size of the RV air conditioner, and the inside volume of air being cooled. Our 19' Bambi has never had problems cooling down, even in 110+ degree heat.
Same with our 22' Safari Sport and it can cool down in less tha 10 minutes.
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Old 07-27-2014, 10:13 AM   #31
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Has anyone done tests re; Polished vs Not Polished?
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Old 07-28-2014, 05:30 AM   #32
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Many people have tested the unpainted aluminum roofs vs painting them white. All the new trailer use white roofs because the factory confirmed the benefit. WBCCI did not offer 30 amp service at the Internationals when I started 20 years ago. In Rapid City in 1996 it was 104 degrees inside and outside. We used fans to keep it that low. The next year I painted my 1977 31 footer roof white. It helped about 10 degrees cooler. I would think polishing would help a little. All solar collector reflectors are polished for a reason. I have seen polished Airstream "door within a door" concentrate the sunlight enough to melt the polypropylene outdoor rug. If the light is not reflected, but diffused and absorbed by the surface, the surface temperature will rise.
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:29 AM   #33
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I think an Airstream could be hot in the summer, but-
I have a 50 amp trailer with 2 air conditioners, a white roof, and awnings all the way around.
I have also cut Reflectix for every window and sky light.
We're OK in zero shade and 105 heat index.
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I know a guy here in Central Texas who has 2 of the 15k units on his 23' !

He says... "It's adequate".. He works from the AS year round when not traveling to Asia for business.

So, I guess it al depends on what YOUR comfort quotient is.

I added a 15k to our 34' because one AC didn't cut it.. Even at night!
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