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Old 09-10-2015, 07:26 AM   #15
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Being able to run AC from generator when traveling is one of the pluses to owning a mh like the interstate. It's just another way of using the capabilities of the Interstate to its fullest. Think about all the trailer owners who would like to have a cool trailer to get into after a long day's drive by running their air off a generater. Use your genny and enjoy the cool air. For what you paid for the Interstate, the cost of the propane is change. Be cool, front and back if the coach.
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Old 09-10-2015, 07:43 AM   #16
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I agree with avionstream - if you need rear air when driving just run the generator and be cool.


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Old 09-10-2015, 08:02 AM   #17
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We live in South Florida and we use our 2015 as a day coach several times a week. Mercedes chassis ac works just fine keeping the rear comfortable even in our brutal summers. Mornings especially comfortable, afternoons after sitting say at the beach or mall we fire the house ac for a few minutes just to cool the coach and chassis will maintain. As far as the ride in the rear its perfectly fine, little bouncy but not worth complaining about. Tinting the front windows also helps temp wise.
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Old 09-10-2015, 08:14 AM   #18
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Maybe the only thing we Texans take as seriously as football is good air conditioning!
So far, we have taken the easy way out on this one. Only took the Interstate to football AFTER the fall cool fronts started rolling through.
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Old 09-10-2015, 05:20 PM   #19
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First of all, to the OP, yes we have driven with the AC on. Our dash AC no longer works, we have no idea why, our Airstream came to us this way; because we are low on funds and park it more than we drive it, (living in it more than half the year), this fix is low on priority.

We drove from San Diego to Texas through Arizona during the first major heat wave in late June 2015. Outside day temps were 113. The AC kept going off and on and were we so terribly hot that to this day I am not sure how we made it. We drank a lot of ice water and kept ice water in bowls for our cats and our dog.

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Interesting thread, "first world problem" as my children would say.Running a generator and AC for a dog!
It's more than unbearably hot inside of these Airstreams, especially during the summer, our animal's lives depend on us running the AC. I have almost passed out in our Airstream with the AC off.

I suppose this may be a 1st World thing, since not many people in 2nd and 3rd world countries can afford to care about their animals to the degree we do. I Was going to say that they don't care, but I've decided to give them the benefit of the doubt, even though a dog's status is difficult in some countries.

Our dogs, cats, (and all the other little critters that people love to share their lives with), count on us to keep them safe. So yeah, Chris and I run the AC for Turbo-doggie, and Chibi and KatyCat if we are going to be gone long enough for it to heat up, anything over 20 minutes. If we could not care for our pets in the manner that they deserve, then we would give them up to someone who could and would. They are our priority.
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We live in South Florida and we use our 2015 as a day coach several times a week. Mercedes chassis ac works just fine keeping the rear comfortable even in our brutal summers. Mornings especially comfortable, afternoons after sitting say at the beach or mall we fire the house ac for a few minutes just to cool the coach and chassis will maintain. As far as the ride in the rear its perfectly fine, little bouncy but not worth complaining about. Tinting the front windows also helps temp wise.
Did you tint your own windows? If so, what did you use and how easy/difficult was it, and what was the cost? Thank you in advance for answering.
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Old 09-12-2015, 09:37 AM   #21
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Interesting comments. I've taken my interstate through the desert with temps around 110 and the whole unit was comfortable, however the rear was a bit warmer. If you add 4 people in back with those temps it would probably be uncomfortable. If you open any window or vent the temp would be intolerable. So I say rent one and try it. I don't see a problem with running the generator and turning on the rear air conditioning unit of the temps get too hot.
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Old 09-19-2015, 09:56 PM   #22
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In Oklahoma summer heat, dash air on max, genny running and rear air fired up it still only holds the back of the coach to about 80. Not what I call comfortable. If you let the rig sit in the hot sun midday and get heat soaked it will take forever to cool off back there. The 2nd row is fine with just the dash air, but not the "back of the bus".
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Old 09-19-2015, 11:20 PM   #23
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In Oklahoma summer heat, dash air on max, genny running and rear air fired up it still only holds the back of the coach to about 80. Not what I call comfortable. If you let the rig sit in the hot sun midday and get heat soaked it will take forever to cool off back there. The 2nd row is fine with just the dash air, but not the "back of the bus".
Thank you. I was beginning to think I had the only one that suffered from an under-achieving rear A/C. I still believe that there is just no way a 1 ton unit can keep the rear cool when it's over 85* outside and the front on Max recirc.
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We have owned large Motor Homes in the past and traveled extensively. In warm enough weather to need AC we never used the dash AC and always ran the generator and the two roof top AC units. Actually a reason to have a MH such as we had is so when we arrive at a campsite or rest area for lunch our living area is cool. The last one we had was 38' long and when running the generator while driving we used 9/10s a gallon of fuel an hour to power the two roof tops.

I would do it in an Interstate unless there is some issue with them I am not aware of.
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Thanks for all the replies. Just as follow-up, we ended up buying a midwest automotive designs day cruiser. I've been an airstreamer, and always will be one at heart, but found a deal on the midwest and felt like it would fit our needs better, hauling kids to baseball and lacrosse tournaments and staying in hotels. We just needed the seats more than the many living features the Interstate does so well. It's got an engine-driven secondary rear air system, which seems to cool the passenger area just fine. I hope to still lurk around here, as you guys are full of great wisdom, even though my sprinter isn't an Airstream. Thanks!
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Thanks for all the replies. Just as follow-up, we ended up buying a midwest automotive designs day cruiser. I've been an airstreamer, and always will be one at heart, but found a deal on the midwest and felt like it would fit our needs better, hauling kids to baseball and lacrosse tournaments and staying in hotels. We just needed the seats more than the many living features the Interstate does so well. It's got an engine-driven secondary rear air system, which seems to cool the passenger area just fine. I hope to still lurk around here, as you guys are full of great wisdom, even though my sprinter isn't an Airstream. Thanks!
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Old 09-22-2015, 06:53 AM   #27
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Thanks for all the replies. Just as follow-up, we ended up buying a midwest automotive designs day cruiser. I've been an airstreamer, and always will be one at heart, but found a deal on the midwest and felt like it would fit our needs better, hauling kids to baseball and lacrosse tournaments and staying in hotels. We just needed the seats more than the many living features the Interstate does so well. It's got an engine-driven secondary rear air system, which seems to cool the passenger area just fine. I hope to still lurk around here, as you guys are full of great wisdom, even though my sprinter isn't an Airstream. Thanks!
Thanks for your update as well - sometimes folks ask questions but never post back on how they ultimately resolved their issue, and the rest of us are left hanging.


Point of curiosity for the other posters who have asked on other threads about the issue of lateral couches and seat belts. One poster was considering taking out lounge seating and putting in lateral couches that would convert to a bed and there was discussion about possible loss of seatbelts. Another was thinking about ordering a twin model but wondered whether seatbelts could be included.

Correct me if my memory is in error, but we tentatively concluded that the 3500 Sprinter was too large (in terms of gross weight) to qualify for having lap belts minus shoulder belts, according to the prevailing regulatory framework. My older T1N / 2500 was built with the lap-belt-only option on its lateral couches and I was assuming it was allowable because its gross weight is considerably less than the newer Sprinters.

Well, after Rosie cited this vendor, I took a look at their website because I'd never heard of them. Am I seeing what I think I'm seeing in these screengrabs I've attached? Lap belts minus shoulder belts on lateral couches in 3500 Sprinters.
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Old 09-22-2015, 09:20 AM   #28
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Thanks for all the replies. Just as follow-up, we ended up buying a midwest automotive designs day cruiser. I've been an airstreamer, and always will be one at heart, but found a deal on the midwest and felt like it would fit our needs better, hauling kids to baseball and lacrosse tournaments and staying in hotels. We just needed the seats more than the many living features the Interstate does so well. It's got an engine-driven secondary rear air system, which seems to cool the passenger area just fine. I hope to still lurk around here, as you guys are full of great wisdom, even though my sprinter isn't an Airstream. Thanks!

Great choice Rosie! I looked at the MAD models at the Hersey RV show last week. They are very nice vans. I also noted that they use the same propane fill panel as the Airstream Interstates, but the mount it about 4 inches higher so it is not a hazard.

Form your described use you purchased the right model.

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