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Old 02-18-2008, 09:43 PM   #1
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Motorhome A/C or no A/C

This question is for Motorhome owners, how often do you need your dash A/C?
I am going thru my engine bay doing headers and a new intake etc... and am removing smog equipment and all unnecessary items and doing a general cleanup.
And even though everything is there for A/C, It needs to be charged and have a new drier etc... I am considering just removing the dash A/C and just using the roof air and generator when A/C is needed.

Plus I like the room in the engine bay when there is no A/C.

Let me know from experiance if you feel dash A/C is needed.


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Old 02-18-2008, 09:46 PM   #2
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I've always been very happy to have it each time it gets turned on.
Hot sunny days in traffic, with Sun coming in thru the front can get sweaty in the front seats.

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Old 02-18-2008, 10:19 PM   #3
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i could (and did) live with

no ac in the house...

no ac in the car...

but i could NOT imagine going without the dash ac in the moho...

i never found the roof ac to be very good at cooling the FRONT area of the moho while in motion.

and opening windows at 60+ mph didn't work well either, so a small 12v fan on the dash was a nice extra.

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Old 02-18-2008, 10:25 PM   #4
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We don't use ours very often, but it's good to have when you need it. I wouldn't remove it if I were you. Ron
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Old 02-19-2008, 06:06 AM   #5
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Old 02-19-2008, 06:33 AM   #6
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When I full-timed in my 40' Monaco Dynasty diesel MoHo, the dash air was on almost all of the time! In fact, we used to run the front roof A/C with the generator a lot while zipping down the road too!!!!
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Old 02-19-2008, 07:00 AM   #7
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I am seeing a clear trend developing that dash A/C is a keeper.

I sure do like the extra room and the looks without it, but will reconsider removal based upon the advise given so far.

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Old 02-19-2008, 08:08 AM   #8
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Here's the clincher. Without it on those rainy days your windhsield will fog up and the roof air won't help a bit. We use our all the time.
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Old 02-19-2008, 08:19 AM   #9
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I had it in my Argossy, but on one trip from LA to Vagas it was 130 degrees out side and with the size of the windows the a/c did nothing but add heat to the engine. Since the a/c was useless when I needed it most, I decided to just remove it all. Now the engine runs a bit cooler, getting direct air to the rad, and it neetend up the engine comartment.
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Old 02-19-2008, 08:36 AM   #10
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We could not live without dash A/C (and have been very, VERY uncomfortable when ours has gone out before). Roof A/C will not keep up with all climates (we live in and travel around the South) and dash air is a must. And as cooperhawk says, it is the only way to defog those huge windows without a squeegee!

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Old 02-19-2008, 02:25 PM   #11
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We use ours all the time in our 345. There is nothing better than a well operating R-12 system!
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Old 02-19-2008, 02:48 PM   #12
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Dash AC

Since the Zeppelin is sitting in the cold--
Since it isn't going to be used for another month or so--
Since the Dash AC has been kaput since we've had it--more than 2 years
It might be a good time to do something about getting it to work.

Problem is, I'm a complete idiot....about AC systems. Is there a decent manual out there somewhere that is usable by the average shade tree wrench-turner, for these or similar systems??

I don't expect parts to be a problem--it's figuring our which parts.

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Old 02-19-2008, 03:08 PM   #13
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we are in so. nv. and in summer use front & dash air constantly while using the 345, even nightime driving.
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Old 02-19-2008, 04:59 PM   #14
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P-30 chassis's are pretty simple and any licenced A/C shop can fix you up. Can't do it on your own. Get several estimates - Good luck!!

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