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Old 06-30-2003, 11:19 AM   #1
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Great idea isn't it!

Someone should write up a document. Otherwise, we'll keep answering the same questions every few weeks. Any takers?
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Old 06-30-2003, 11:44 AM   #2
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Sort of related to this thread. Here is a comment I found on the Camping World website. Looks like someone is running their AC off of an inverter while driving. I'll bet his alternator is working overtime. I hope he is carrying a spare.
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Review: I purchased the high efficiency Mach 3 with the specific intent of using a ProSign 1800 watt inverter to power the AC while driving. The low power draw of the Mach 3 has effectively cooled my camper while eliminating the need to run the generator while traveling. Great product combination Mach 3 and ProSign 1800 Regards Lee Vormelker

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that is a good idea if you dont have a gen set. but the mach 3 ps is not a ac that airstream is using. no drip pan. and i will not ruin my as exterior . lol
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Does anyone have a picture of these drip pans?? Mine drips down the side. I cannot seem to find tubing for a drip pan either. Looks like mine must have come with maybe an Armstrong unit and someone changed it out to a Coleman.
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That's a high-efficiency unit, but it still draws at least 10A @ 120VAC. That' means 100+ from the alternator. I'd definitely want a 2nd alternator for that. And even at that, when the engine's idling, the batteries have to take up the slack.

He's either got the inverter mounted under the hood (where it's hot) or is having to run HUGE 12V cables. I'll bet it's 30+ feet from my alternator back to the compartment under the couch where an inverter would be.
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It is probably in a MH, but still, the amperage draw. You'd need welding cables no matter how far away it was, and John HD to wire that sucker.
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Does anyone know whether all of the Armstrong Bay Breeze units had multiple speed fans? Several of the threads suggest that there are high and low speed settings. Mine is hooked to a standard thermostat and only operates at gale force.
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