Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 05-02-2008, 01:29 AM   #1
3 Rivet Member
 
utahredrock's Avatar
 
1962 22' Safari
1973 25' Tradewind
1968 30' Sovereign
Salt Lake City , Utah
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 219
Images: 5
Question Can I full-time in the Phx Heat?

Can I? Should I?

I love full-timing in my Airstream and dread the prospect of moving back to traditional housing. Yet I am concerned about living in it in the the brutal heat of a Phoenix summer. I just got a great job that I am fully committed to and which fully commits me to live in Phoenix, for at least the time being.

My 35 year-old AC works, but how well it would work in the summer heat I have no idea. I have a dog too and am not sure I would trust any AC with him in the trailer. Luckily I can take him to work with this new job.

I like my RV park here, Desert Edge in north Phoenix.

What do you guys think?

I also hate the noise of the AC blasting away.

Would love to get input and suggestions.
__________________

__________________
Jim Breitinger
Salt Lake City
An Airstreamer again as of May 2017
Former full-timer (2007-2009). Visit my Airstream tribute blog.
Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jimbreitinger/
utahredrock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2008, 07:26 AM   #2
Site Team
 
azflycaster's Avatar
 
1975 25' Tradewind
Dewey , Arizona
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 12,127
Images: 62
Blog Entries: 1
I doubt that the AC will be able to keep up with the summer heat here in Phoenix. If you are in the shade it might be marginal, but the summer sun is brutal. Good idea not to leave the dog inside. If the AC were to fail or the park had a power failure, the results would be fatal. 115 degrees can turn into 160+ in a hurry with out the AC.
__________________

__________________

Richard

Wally Byam Airstream Club 7513
azflycaster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2008, 07:41 AM   #3
Vintage Kin
 
slowmover's Avatar
 
Fort Worth , Texas
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 7,584
Images: 1
We lived in ours in 99F heat with 95% humidity. A/C ran constantly for five months. Parks also suffer from electrical degradation over time, so voltage may drop significantly (why a Franks autoformer is on my list).

Shade is mandatory.
__________________
1990 35' Silver Streak Sterling; 9k GVWR.
2004 DODGE Cummins 305/555; 6-manual; 9k GVWR.
Hensley Arrow. 9-cpm solo, 15-cpm towing
Sold: Silver Streak Model 3411
slowmover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2008, 07:48 AM   #4
3 Rivet Member
 
1973 25' Tradewind
Romulus , New York
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 139
Back in the day (early 70's) we lived in an old mobile home in a shady park in Tempe. We had a swamp cooler----it is doable---not a lot of fun. At the very least you need shade and a new AC unit. You might consider a window unit designed to run 20 hours a day.
__________________
jayray5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2008, 08:15 AM   #5
Rivet Master
 
Bob Thompson's Avatar
 
Corpus Christi , Texas
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 936
Images: 67
Perhaps, there are some options! One option would be to put up a shade garage to park your trailer under if your RV Park would allow it. I remember seeing them being used at Usery Mountain Regional Park for the Hosts and thinking it was a good idea. Another option is to find a shady spot up in the mountains, like in Prescott or Payson, where it is much cooler than the valley floor, and commuting to work, at least for the most brutal 4 months of summer. One summer we spent a week or so camped in Payson and would drive into Phoenix for business meetings. Daytime highs were about 92 degrees in Payson, so our shady parking area was fairly pleasant. We'd only turn on the A/C for sleeping.
__________________
So Long!
Bob Thompson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2008, 08:17 AM   #6
Vintage Alum. Enthusiast
 
flyfshr's Avatar

 
1959 24' Tradewind
Phoenix , Arizona
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: I currently do not own a 2nd Airstream
Posts: 4,319
Images: 40
Shade is an absolute must. Having access to a pool is second on the list. I agree on having a window unit put in for those really hot evenings. Find things to do during the daytime so you're not at home during the hot part of the day. So where is this RV park and would they allow you to put up some sort of shade?

Brad
FF
__________________
4CU 2699 / AIR 10 / TAC AZ-1

I'm haunted by aluminum.
Charter Member of the 4 Corners Unit.
flyfshr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2008, 09:01 AM   #7
4 Rivet Member
 
flitzwhopper's Avatar
 
1976 Argosy 24
Tempe , Arizona
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 326
Really?

no.
__________________
Donna & Mike
Cowboy up! or go sit in the truck

Charter Member Four Corners Unit

WBCCI #2417
flitzwhopper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2008, 09:04 AM   #8
3 Rivet Member
 
utahredrock's Avatar
 
1962 22' Safari
1973 25' Tradewind
1968 30' Sovereign
Salt Lake City , Utah
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 219
Images: 5
Thanks for the replies and sanity check. Commutting could be an option by next year, or, actually, working from the road. This year I need to be downtown daily. I think I'll stick to plan A and move out of the Airstream around June 1.

Where am I? Desert Edge RV at I-17 and Deer Valley Road.

I don't know if I can put up shade contraptions here, but it's so stinking hot in this valley in the summer I don't know that that's enough.

It's still very pleasant right now!
__________________
Jim Breitinger
Salt Lake City
An Airstreamer again as of May 2017
Former full-timer (2007-2009). Visit my Airstream tribute blog.
Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jimbreitinger/
utahredrock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2008, 12:16 PM   #9
Rivet Master
 
Bob Thompson's Avatar
 
Corpus Christi , Texas
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 936
Images: 67
Another consideration if you decide on trying to stay in the valley, the refrigerator will have a really difficult time trying to make cold! We had to put an exhaust fan on the coil area to get it to work properly in temps above 90 degrees.
__________________
So Long!
Bob Thompson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2008, 01:02 PM   #10
3 Rivet Member
 
1973 25' Tradewind
Romulus , New York
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 139
Move the AS up to the mountains and rent or better yet sublet cheaply a utilities included apartment. Have your weekends in the cool mountains and deal with the necessary evil for the summer. Nights are not bad at all! I used to start work building houses at 4am and be done by 12:30. Take your seista untill 5 or so and play till midnight, catch a few hours and do it all over again. Oh to be young again!
__________________
jayray5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2008, 01:29 PM   #11
Rivet Master
 
Lumatic's Avatar

 
1971 25' Tradewind
1993 34' Excella
Currently Looking...
Estancia , New Mexico
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 6,642
Images: 16
Blog Entries: 1
Exclamation AC Froze

Quote:
Originally Posted by utahredrock
I have a dog too and am not sure I would trust any AC with him in the trailer.
Ditto the general consensus above.

Last summer I left my dogs in my AS with a brand new Penguin AC and was gone for a few hours. The AC froze (is that a real word?) up and the trailer was very hot when I returned. Luckily, no damage to the dogs or AC. Took several hours for the AC to thaw enough to work.
__________________

__________________
Sail on silver girl. Sail on by. Your time has come to shine.
Lumatic is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Living full-time in an AS backphil Full-Timing 13 05-20-2010 01:16 PM
Full Time Newbies! silverpeanut Member Introductions 16 04-21-2007 10:16 PM
Full Time Size wannastream Our Community 34 03-17-2007 10:42 PM
Part Time vs Full Time (Days/Year) InsideOut Community Polls 30 10-23-2005 10:43 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:19 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.