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Old 10-27-2015, 03:53 PM   #43
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...... and how they couldn't do without. No problem with it. But eventually it does get into, "Ok we got it".

That is why I only said it once...

But in addition to this I will say that even if you seldom or ever use the air conditioner, what is the real downside of leaving it in place?

Is it even worth the the trouble of taking it down?



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Old 10-27-2015, 04:09 PM   #44
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That is why I only said it once...

But in addition to this I will say that even if you seldom or ever use the air conditioner, what is the real downside of leaving it in place?

Is it even worth the the trouble of taking it down?
Only a minor downside would be tiltable panels on the roof if I decide to add more.

Before going full time, I performed a test fit on the curb side. A panel will fit, but it would not be tiltable. Also, it would be shadowed by the AC shroud a little.

I could maybe make an argument that it would improve aerodynamics, but with solar panels and vent covers, I think that is a moot argument.

There is no downside to leaving it in place.
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Old 10-27-2015, 04:15 PM   #45
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I could maybe make an argument that it would improve aerodynamics, but with solar panels and vent covers, I think that is a moot argument.



I really like practical and realistic reasoning.

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Old 10-27-2015, 04:29 PM   #46
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Only a minor downside would be tiltable panels on the roof if I decide to add more.

Before going full time, I performed a test fit on the curb side. A panel will fit, but it would not be tiltable. Also, it would be shadowed by the AC shroud a little.

I could maybe make an argument that it would improve aerodynamics, but with solar panels and vent covers, I think that is a moot argument.

There is no downside to leaving it in place.
How about aesthetics....they look much cleaner without the 'garbage' on the roof?
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Old 10-27-2015, 04:36 PM   #47
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How about aesthetics....they look much cleaner without the 'garbage' on the roof?
I strongly agree, but not sure JP was going to let me off the hook with that one.
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Old 10-27-2015, 04:47 PM   #48
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Relative to post 1: You're insane!

Just kiddin'. It's yours, do what you want. I would however look to the fan install (or whatever), to be as least intrusive to the original opening as possible so you can change your mind if/when necessary...or for resale.
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Old 10-27-2015, 06:48 PM   #49
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Such a FOBAR would destroy the resale value in my opinion.
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Like others have said, it's your trailer so you should do what you want to do! After all, there are few decisions in life that can't be reversed if needs change.

That said, it's not something we would chose to do because of where we live and camp. We dry camp a good deal, but try to avoid high temps ... but it's not always possible. And while we do have dual 2000w gennies to cover our bases, we do not use them both for AC unless it's really needed.

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Old 10-27-2015, 09:59 PM   #51
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We removed the ac unit from our 66 TW because it vibrated a lot, was noisy and was butt ugly. We rarely need ac because we don't tend to camp where we would need it. Now that said, we do carry a small 5k window unit that we can use if needed. We power it with our 1k jenny.

However, I agree with the others. Leave it in place so you will have it if and when you need it. I don't think the extra vent fan will help you much, if at all.

Glad you and your family are having fun roaming around this great country we have. I enjoy your great photos and all the fun you are having.

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.... You might need it sometime if you have to attend a family emergency and it's hot.
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Or some other unforeseen circumstance. I prefer boondocking and I've actually never used our A/C overnight. It's a noisy little sucker and I need to hear frogs and crickets or else what's the point? But sometimes I have to resort to using it in a pinch. Two examples:

(1) Earlier this month I took my teenager on an early-morning college tour. We walked four miles, had our heads overflowing with too much information, all before the noon hour arrived. Decided to return to the RV park after lunch to nap because we were exhausted. Meanwhile, central Texas was experiencing record high temps. There was no way we could have spent a few restful hours in that vehicle during the day without running the A/C.

(2) When I boondock in summer in the deep humid south, I will use the A/C to cool down the entire shell of the vehicle until sunset arrives, at which point I switch it off. That way the vehicle is not re-radiating its daytime heat load during the night when I'm trying to sleep. It actually does make it better.

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Not wanting to change the topic of the conversation, it is possible to remove the AC from the roof and install AC somewhere else?

On our MH we removed the AC from the roof to get the look, and the second Fantastic Fan, we wanted, but installed a replacement (ducted) unit where the old generator compartment was in the rear (could also easily go on theA-frame of a trailer). Also this let us downsize the AC so it can run on a single EU 2000i. So actually I think we gained functionality because we can actually get cool whenever we want without carrying a companion.It is also almost silent in operation.
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Not wanting to change the topic of the conversation, it is possible to remove the AC from the roof and install AC somewhere else?

On our MH we removed the AC from the roof to get the look, and the second Fantastic Fan, we wanted, but installed a replacement (ducted) unit where the old generator compartment was in the rear (could also easily go on theA-frame of a trailer). Also this let us downsize the AC so it can run on a single EU 2000i. So actually I think we gained functionality because we can actually get cool whenever we want without carrying a companion.It is also almost silent in operation.
I believe so, there is another type of AC mentioned on this forum regularly that I think is called a mini-split. But I really can't recall at this moment.
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Old 10-28-2015, 11:39 AM   #55
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Truckers and boats some time use split system AC units.
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Not wanting a loud and ugly roof unit on my vintage FC, I opted for a mini split system which has worked out wonderfully so far.
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