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Old 04-26-2010, 08:48 AM   #1
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Air condition

We are possibly looking to purchase an airstream, but my concern is as follows: After traveling in a 90 to 95 degree day and you stop at a park with no power what do most folks due about inside temperatures? I am assuming they have no gen set.

Seems my option is to purchase an rv (diesel pusher) with a gen set and have the a/c going as i am going down the road.

We like to airstream travel trailer but the air condition may be a problem.

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Old 04-26-2010, 09:01 AM   #2
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Hi blessingsdf4. Welcome to the forums!

I can understand your concern. Windows that hinge from the top open widely and allow the best air circulation. These have always been my choice. Some Airstreams have Hehr windows where the openable section is a sliding section just in the lower third of the window -- that won't allow the best air exchanges.

No power? Will most of your camping be boondocking? What experiences would point to this being a dominating issue for you? There's such a big difference between an Airstream trailer vs. a moho. Please be cautious and take your time if this is just armchair what-iffing at this point.

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I think the answer here is you need to research your route and plan where you will camp in advance, always making sure electricity is available if air conditioning is needed. Camping at state parks usually means electricity is available, but verify by checking state parks websites. It is either that, or purchase a Honda 3000i generator to ride in the pickup tow vehicle.
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Old 04-26-2010, 09:23 AM   #4
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If the inside is that hot that opening the windows does not cool it off in 30 minutes just bring along a generator that is big enough to run the trailer air conditioner. Fire it up after stopping and in a few minutes it's cool inside. Problem solved!
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Thanks for your reply. Some background on my wife and I...We have lived on our 44 foot yacht for six years. The yacht is sold and we have moved back into our home in Kitty Hawk, NC. While cruising we had a gen set that run three A/C units. I could run in case of hot weather should we anchor. I have a feeling the Airstream may not be what we are looking for to satisfy our needs if there is no way to keep it cool. I am sure we will be doing a great deal of dry camping. Hope this added info helps for getting an answer to our question. THANKS TO THOSE THAT REPLAY
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Well, if you don't want to carry a genset, and you won't be parking in campsites with 110VAC hookups, but you still want air conditioning, then it's not only Airstreams that won't work for you, but ANY travel trailer.

If you want an RV that stays cool with A/C on while traveling, then it sounds like the suitable RV for you is a motorhome.

If you like the "aluminum tube" look of Airstreams, they DID make motorhomes in that style back in the 80s.

Just keep in mind that, like a powerboat, motorhomes have all of the mechanical systems for propulsion in addition to all of the systems for RV living. They are much more complex vehicles, but there are millions of people who use them and enjoy motorhomes, so that's certainly a viable option for you.

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If you plan on a lot of dry camping in 90 degree plus temperatures and don't want a portable generator but do want a cool interior as soon as you stop, then you have backed yourself into a corner. The only way out would be a Motor Home.

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