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Old 05-19-2005, 07:22 AM   #15
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Many of the major manufacturers have begun to introduce "basement air" on their motorized (class A's) for about year now. National and Winnebago were first (I think) and both implemented in-wall ductwork to move the air up and around the coach. The units typically sit within the basement storage or in a rear comparment of the coach. Moving to basement air allowed for higher ceilings and reduced wind resistance...not to mention better access to the AC/Heat for servicing.

My bet is that basement air units will become the "norm" across all classes as manufacturers strive for large interior volumes in their coaches - which will increase the product offerings and lower street prices

I've considered this concept for the 345. Right now I have two DuoTerm roof airs with the heat strips. They look like giant, goofy, plastic "things" bolted to the roof of an otherwise clean roofline.

I think I could use the large baggage compartment located on the curbside rear of the coach to house the unit. It seems to be a strange "storage" compartement in that it's too small for skis or golf clubs and ends up collecting random "junk" that serves no purpose for camping.

Not that I've been thinking about this too much but here is a conceptual Photoshop of the 345 without roof units (I need another hobby).
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Old 05-19-2005, 08:47 AM   #16
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Cann't beat the price. for a MH AC

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Old 05-19-2005, 08:49 AM   #17
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Looks Good

I like the look.

When I do my unit over it will probably have a lower unit.

I enjoy thinking about Airstreams, when the wife asks what I am thinking about I

tell her I was thinking about the time we spent in the Airstream.

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