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Old 02-22-2008, 01:21 PM   #15
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I clicked back and forth between "Yes" and "No" several time before settling on "No". Why? Because my dash air conditioning hasn't worked since I bought the van nearly 3 years ago, so it obviously must not be necessary.

That said, I WOULD like to get it working, but it's at the point where it pretty much entirely should be replaced - new compressor, several lines leaking, accumulator, etc. Expensive even if I do the work myself and have a shop test and fill it.

The other thing is that I would still need the generator and rooftop air, because I travel with my cat, and when I stop for breaks I don't want it to get hot in there (and I'm not sure the dash air would be enough to cool the entire B-van down). However the cab area does get significantly warmer than the rest of the camper, even with the rooftop air running and blowing air right at it. I'd like to get some of those 12-volt clip-on fans to help that situation.

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Old 02-25-2008, 01:53 PM   #16
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I would keep it
1)Re sale Value
2) What if the roof AC dies (I know nothing breaks on these things But what if ?)
3) Running the AC mode to defog winds
4) Short trips
5) When your low on fuel

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Old 02-28-2008, 06:04 PM   #17
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the roof air helps keep passengers and my neck cool, but sure would like the dash air to work too, it may be a simple fix or it could cost. the dc fan i have up front doesn't blow strong enough! am considering an auto repair course at a local tech.

i'd say keep it unless you plan to only travel north of the 'bat cave.'
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Old 03-01-2008, 07:07 AM   #18
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Richard, having removed mine I can attest to what everyone else has said.

When running down the road in the direction of the sun you're driving a greenhouse.

On the positive side you've got the a/c unit just behind you on the roof.

I'd keep the dash a/c and go electric cooling fans for more room in front of the engine. Give the engine a break on turning that big cooling fan.

Also for those who don't have one or two of them I recommend dash mounted fans for cooling the body! When the front end gets hot I turn on the body fan and get a lot of relief. It's quite dramatic.
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Old 03-01-2008, 07:16 AM   #19
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I use mine, being a 20', it cools the rig with out running the Armstron AC
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Old 03-02-2008, 11:12 AM   #20
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Dash Air


I removed mine before our trip last summer, and never missed it. Engine ran cooler, and I am led to believe that genset/roof airs use less gas. I do have small 12v fans in front to circulate air, and the defrost still works on rainy days.

For us, not having dash air has worked well.

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Old 03-02-2008, 11:22 AM   #21
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I've always wondered about adding small 12 volts fans to the cab area. I've seen them on all kinds of motorhomes large and small as well as the big rigs. Guess I'll have to keep my eyes open for some small fans.


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Old 03-02-2008, 03:37 PM   #22
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I have 5 of these fans in my motor home:
8" Oscillating Automotive Fan - Chrome / White Finish

Two overhead in the front, and one each over the gauchos and dinette.

Given that they have a sturdy toggle switch, all you have to worry about is getting 12v to them.

More choices here:

I've dealt with these folks twice, and find them honest and very quick to ship.

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Old 03-02-2008, 04:48 PM   #23
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Thanks for the info. I'll talk to my wife and see if she would like to get a couple to test them out.

Nothing like staying cool in the summer!


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Old 03-04-2008, 09:54 PM   #24
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Cool, since my dash a/c is complete I will leave it on. I have removed quite a bit of other stuff from my engine bay and it is looking good.
Thanks for all the tips.
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Old 03-13-2008, 03:49 PM   #25
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I suppose a lot depends on the weather where you are.

Here in the UK I have wished for it twice, but realized (after a lot of searching) that the system has never worked since about 1987!

With that in mind I am considering cutting an opening in the front somewhere so fresh air can be pumped in. I am a great believer in changes of air, even so I do use it (AC) a lot in the car - Smaller space/enclosed..... But in the AS the front is like a goldfish bowl so any cooling effect would be good.

I have now removed all engine AC and what a difference! While I was at it I removed the viscose fan in favour of electric.

Overall the car (sorry... MH) drives like a Rolls Royce. It's as quite as a well sound proofed limo, and the air getting to the radiator means cooling is far more efficient. That and a new 180 degree thermostat has really improved the running.

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