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Old 08-05-2014, 04:28 PM   #1
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Running Dometic A/C full time in Florida

We are full timers in florida, I was wondering what you would say about running our A/C full time… It is brutally hot and humid here in florida in the summers(9 months a year), and don't want to ruin our A/C unit.

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Old 08-05-2014, 04:34 PM   #2
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I full timed in my 05 classic 30 for, 4 years with no issues (don't leave pets alone I did have a circuit breaker pop once).

Our 05 safari bunkhouse has been powered and ac on non stop for the past 3 years (we run generators while driving to keep it cool).

We are in FL and both units have never had a problem.....

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Old 08-05-2014, 06:28 PM   #3
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Some people swear by the special white paint that is made especially for roofs. Differences of >10F improvement have been claimed.

Another solution might be if your park will allow you to put an awning over your TT?

Short of that, this IS what your AC unit was made for, isn't it..?
If it's to be, it's up to me.
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Old 08-05-2014, 08:50 PM   #4
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Run mine in driveway. No cover yet. Can go inside anytime and minimizes heat issues inside.
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:42 PM   #5
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Like any appliance there is a wear and tear factor, but if you are full timing and need it, there is no reason to be leaving it off just to "save" it. I had an air conditioner on my SOB that I owned for 14 years. I never had a failure in that unit over that course of time. The key to me regarding life expectancy short of leaks in the cooling agent is the quality of the power. Surges, spikes, and voltage will probably be the determining factor in the life you get from your air conditioner. I know if I was full timing I'd probably be considering using a surge protector which includes protection from low voltage. Portable Surge Guards With LCD Display - 30 Amp - TRC 34730-001-LCD - Surge Protectors - Camping World

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Old 08-09-2014, 01:47 PM   #6
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I expect that two years, maybe three will be the lifespan given low quality RV park power. Run mine nearly year-round.
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Old 09-08-2014, 07:36 PM   #7
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I agree with TavnAsh, but then again it's probably because he's my brother. I've full timed in my 27FB for three years in NW Florida and my AC runs all the time during the summer. Haven't had an issue and run a high quality surge protector and replaced the skylights with Maxim skylights which made a difference. I say run your A/C and be comfortable. I'd gladly replace mine with a more powerful unit rather than sweat during the day.
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Old 09-08-2014, 07:46 PM   #8
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I don't believe you should have a problem running the A/C as needed in Florida. Actually, I would guess that might be better than having it sit for months at a time and only running for a short time. It's Florida, enjoy the sunshine and stay cool.
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Old 09-16-2014, 01:09 PM   #9
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I'm in Florida year round. First 2 1/2 years used my AC sporadically on camping trips of 3-14 days. Have been full timing the last 1 1/2 years with AC on full time. Dometic AC 13,500 unit quit working. Unit was only 4 years old. Ouch!

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Old 09-16-2014, 02:52 PM   #10
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I notice RV A/C units in commercial applications, like parking payment booths at the airport, on the tollway, etc. They run all summer and at least look really old (most of them). I am also in the camp that running them is better than them sitting for extended times.

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Old 09-16-2014, 03:31 PM   #11
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I am interested in this general question as it relates to storing my Airstream here in central alabama...have heard folks leave it on in summer all summer set at say 85 degrees...I could later on have 50 amp hookup at home...I do not now...for now I have enough juice to run dehumidier only full time - keeps it hot but dry year round (keep at 50% in summer).

If I LIVED in it in FL.....that sucker would simply run as it needed to all the time
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Old 09-16-2014, 03:36 PM   #12
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Old 10-06-2014, 08:47 AM   #13
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We have run ours full time when camping in the summer. When we do leave our dog I open the power vents and turn them on just in case the circuit blows and the A/C shuts off. In that way she will have some air flow and we are or try to never be gone for longer than four hours at a time.

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Old 10-06-2014, 09:30 AM   #14
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When I had my unit, I ran AC while in Fla. AC failed and the tech said because of low voltage from the outlet. I had checked things when first settled in but not later.

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