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Old 02-26-2010, 02:30 PM   #15
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In high heat and humidity, the 13.5 unit in the 25FB SE is INSUFFICIENT (due to all the windows). A dehumidifier has solved the problem, but it does take up some valuable floor space. If I ever order a new one, which will be a 28 ft., if weight is not a factor, I'll spring for the second a/c.
I have the same trailer with the upgrade 15K unit - and in sweatbox Virginia it's fine even in 99/99 (99 degrees F and 99% humidity) FLORIDA though? You will be limited to 50amp hookups to use two simultaneously. I'd probably opt for the full awning package and fight for the shady camping spots.

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Old 02-26-2010, 02:56 PM   #16
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Even though you may be limited to 50 amp hookups to use two simultaneously, you can still run either one on 30.

If I were ordering new, I would order two ACs and still get the full awing package and fight for the shady camping spots.
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Old 02-26-2010, 03:50 PM   #17
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Thanks, Paula.....glad to hear that the 15k unit will make a big enough difference. (At the first HINT of trouble with this 13.5, it's HISTORY!
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Old 02-26-2010, 04:25 PM   #18
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I agree with Paula, on a 25' FB, the 15k should be plenty. When I went to a 15k unit it made a big difference in my 34' Excella. I doubt that you would need any more than one 15k till you get up to or over 30 feet.
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Old 02-26-2010, 04:53 PM   #19
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I think your on the right track...We also are about to order a new classic 31 with the free standing dinette which slides along the wall, however we will ask the factory to modify the slide rail to allow it (the table portion to go up against the fridge...This will allow us to put a small recliner between the table top and the sofa)... Now to your question...Since we live in southern Alabama we are definatley getting 2 a/c's and 15000 btu ones if possible... I also love to power of a 50 amp svc. which by the way is actually 100 amps due to a two leg 220 volt service... That is how all standard 50 amp services come in a RV...<----(Trivia not many understand about 50 amp svc on an RV) To add to the cooling ability and to lower roof leak potential we are eleminating the 2 skylites completely...One more thing we are having our floor with no carpet, vinyl through out...

How any of this rambling on my part helps you...I really liked the post about running one at a time for noise reduction at the end your in too...

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Old 02-26-2010, 05:25 PM   #20
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I think it also goes by what kind of person you are....for example...I am hot all the time....so for us major a/c is the way to go....on our 1974 Argosy there never was any a/c installed so we purchased last summer 2 portable 13,000 btu a/c units and love them....we will be putting hopefully this summer a 15,000 btu a/c with heater strip on top to keep everything nice and cool. We lived in Louisiana for most of our lives and know what the southern states have to deal with in humidity.....in our previous SOB we had upgraded to a 15,000 btu...not just for the coolness but mostly for the humidity...and our campers are white...I know that have a all shinny can will be even hotter. Happy camping to you.
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Old 02-26-2010, 09:39 PM   #21
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We have one 15K unit in our 34 footer and it's more than adequate, we've had many 90-95 degree days and have never seen the need for a a 2nd AC.
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Old 02-26-2010, 11:55 PM   #22
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coach with 30 amp service will require modification to carry 2 a/cs also only 1 roof hole is prewired and has DRAIN TUBE so a proper installation would be very expensive, i say live with it or or sell the farm and build the trailer the way you want it.
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Old 02-27-2010, 10:39 AM   #23
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coach with 30 amp service will require modification to carry 2 a/cs also only 1 roof hole is prewired and has DRAIN TUBE so a proper installation would be very expensive, i say live with it or or sell the farm and build the trailer the way you want it.
If you check the original post, LJD is asking for opinions on ordering a new Airstream from the factory. Seeking options on a clean slate.

I agree with the points you made about existing coaches. That's why I don't have a second AC—yet.
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Old 09-25-2011, 10:16 AM   #24
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We upgraded from 13,500 to 15,000 btu unit on 30ft Classic last year. We live in Biloxi, MS and have traveled for 2 summers in the South. The upgrade made a big difference. We are comfortable with the one 15,000 btu unit.
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:09 PM   #25
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We ordered new from the factory. Since all our family lives in the south, and we were soon moving to TX, we knew we wanted two A/C's. We also got the full awning package and deleted both the skylights. I don't know how that would affect the resale value but we weren't concerned about that.

I will say it's been worth every penny. We have had shaded spots but lost a great site last time we had to move. We are in full sun right now and we do just fine. In the peak heat of the day the 15k unit will run constantly but not always on the high fan. The bedroom AC will cycle off but we have our windows covered in that reflective bubble stuff because of a street light right outside our bedroom.

When your spending that much on a new unit, it's a minimal cost to add a second AC. Even though you will need 50A service for both, you can still hook up to 30A and run only one.

From a resale point of view, since we live in the south and we have experience camping in hot weather, I would only buy an RV that large with two units.

When we retire, we can chase 70 degree weather, right now we don't have that privilege.
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I won't hurt. If it is really hot I have been know to sleep on the couch.
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Old 09-26-2011, 04:34 PM   #27
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1 should be fine. Our 34 ft. Limited has 2, a 15k btu and a 13.5k btu.
Used the trailer last week in Texas. It was 105.. Only used 1 AC
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Old 09-26-2011, 07:05 PM   #28
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I wouldn't do without two. Having lived for the entire summer in Texas, north and south, with a better insulated brand of aluminum, aerodynamic trailer but with one 15k A/C unit, there were weeks that keeping the trailer below 80F wasn't possible. It got old, to say the least.

With 50A service one has options should one want them. No question that it becomes a more valuable TT with twin A/C units.

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