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Old 06-25-2009, 04:02 PM   #15
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Thank you all for your replies.

Two more quick questions: If I leave the AC off during the day and the temp inside the trailer goes up to 110 or 120, will the high temp affect the operation of the fridge?

Also, Lumatic you said:
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"Now, if I'm not around I turn the thermostat down a bit."
When you say you turn the thermostat down, do you mean you turn it down to make the temperature colder inside?
Why do you do this?
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Old 06-25-2009, 07:01 PM   #16
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for the frig..

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Thank you all for your replies.

Two more quick questions: If I leave the AC off during the day and the temp inside the trailer goes up to 110 or 120, will the high temp affect the operation of the fridge?

Also, Lumatic you said: When you say you turn the thermostat down, do you mean you turn it down to make the temperature colder inside? Why do you do this?
I keep a cheap fan, one I picked up from Wal Mart for under 10$, running all the time..plugged into 120v. Just point it skyward~! I find this keeps the frig working perfect..
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Old 06-25-2009, 08:28 PM   #17
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By turning the thermostat down I meant set it to a higher temperature than the max. Also, I never tried J Canavera's idea above but I'm gonna.
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Old 06-29-2009, 12:58 PM   #18
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Thank you very much to all who replied to my question!!
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Old 06-29-2009, 02:40 PM   #19
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Virginia in Summer

Isn't that much cooler than FL.

I set my "away" temperature at about 78F, when I'm home I set it at 72 or 73F. That way I'm not wasting the campground's electricity on cloudy and moderate days, and I'm not turning the inside of the A/S into a sauna either.

On a few vintage units I've seen what amounts to exterior window blinds - usually just a piece of fabric hooks on at the top of the window, and lays down to cover the pane. I have the SE Safari with the windows that fully open (like those on the classics and Internationals), so it wouldn't be a big deal to open the windows, catch the upper corners of a piece of foil bubble in each window and then let it lay down outside of the window for the day. Anything you do on the OUTSIDE of a window will be twice as effective as any interior blind, etc.

I suppose I could even make a "mini awning" by putting in a bottom dowel rod and making two little extender rods with suction cups on the end to hold the "mini awning" away from the window. For that matter if you have the Herr windows, get some suction cups with hooks and hook a cover over the window - suctioning onto the window at the four corners. It's always better to avoid overheating than to try to fix it once it starts.

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Old 06-29-2009, 04:56 PM   #20
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I agree with every one about taking more energy to cool a hot interior than to keep it cool all day long. You don't only have to cool the air inside the Airstream, you have to cool all the mass that is inside the Airstream. All the wood, aluminum, metal of other sorts, foam cushions, bedding, provisions, etc., all of which act as heat sinks and store the heat and radiate the heat back into the air as quickly as you cool it off. On a really hot day, you might not get the inside to a decently comfortable temperature until 11:00 or 12:00 at night. By then, it may be cooler outside than inside. Then you have been running the A/C for 4-5 hours and had to sit outside in the heat and humidity while the A/C ran without you waiting for it to get bearable inside.

Just turn the thermostat to a higher temperature so that the compressor will cycle on and off to prevent freezing up and invest in a surge guard or other protection device.
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Old 06-29-2009, 05:11 PM   #21
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On use of the awnings. Florida summer thunder storms, or other season for that matter, can dump a lot of rain on the main awning in a short amount of time and cause an awning arm to collapse so if you plan on using them when you are not there, either have them in the lowest notch or the rear one arm in the lowest notch so the water will run off as quickly as possible before the weight can cause a collapse. I have had this happen twice and nearly a third time while I was standing under it.
I had the awnings up one time on the trailer in east Texas and had taken off for about 4 to 5 hours on some errands. Of course, it freakin' monsooned while I was gone (no hint prior that there was even a hint of showers coming).

By the time I got back, the rain had stopped, sun had come out and the awning support arms, both of 'em, were bent all to heck. I was wittnessing a modern metal art masterpiece created by mother nature herself.

Fortunately, only the side arms were bent so a quick call to Zipdee got replacements on their way. Now, I pretty much always drop one side down one or two notches and make sure the middle support arm is attached firmly.
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Old 06-29-2009, 05:18 PM   #22
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We rented an SOB before we bought our Airstream and my thought was to keep the AC on while we were gone so it didn't take so long to cool off the trailer and we'd be able to hear each other talk when we were sitting inside. As you know, it can be quite noisy in a smaller trailer with the AC going. Lo and behold, the owner, who was on staff at this campground, came in while we were gone and turned off the AC.

So, I suppose to some it's an issue. I like the idea of steady, intermittent cooling and not the hours it takes after sitting to cool off the unit when you get back. Unfortunately, most of the Eastern/Southern areas just don't cool off enough at night like it does in the Rockies.

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Old 06-29-2009, 06:56 PM   #23
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If your AC is frosting or freezing while the fan is on the unit is LOW on gas. That is a common sign of undercharged refrigeration equipment.

An AC compressor is the same as a freezer or refrigerator and designed to run for years. Yes some units will fail early like any other mechanical device but running it will not be the cause of that failure.

It is a toss up as to weather to raise the thermostat a bit while you are away. Raising the thermostat may cause the unit to cycle more, start up is the hardest part of running, as it is likely to reach the set point. If you are gone all day I would raise the stat 5 degrees. Under this condition, in Fl., once the unit comes on it will most likely stay on all the time you are away. This will keep the humidity down. Humidity control is the most important part of air conditioning, not cooling. I would not change the stat if you are only going away for less than 1/2 the day.
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:08 PM   #24
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Well I have the basic A/C.13.5 without the temp control.It just runs all day and the switch is on the a/c itself.I thought about getting a dealership to put in a thermastat but I use it during the winter mostly and have not really needed it.But sometimes I do.

SOOOO.When I turn the A/C on I should turn it to maximum and turn the knob down a bit to not be so cold so it will not freeze up the coils.
I have had it freeze up a couple times and was wondering how to maybe remedy this.

How would I go about checking the system to see if it needs recharging?Would the average a/c man be able to do the job?

I have found that running a heater on low while the A/C is running will take the condensation out of the camper when the air is really bad.It does that a lot in florida.
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Old 06-29-2009, 09:09 PM   #25
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How would I go about checking the system to see if it needs recharging?Would the average a/c man be able to do the job?
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They are sealed/disposable. There are no provisions for checking or recharging. First symptom of low coolant is lots of freezing on the inside. The next is death.
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Just to make sure, we are talking about the A/C unit are we?
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Just to make sure, we are talking about the A/C unit are we?
Depends on how hot it is.

The unit is correct in this cast. First anyway.
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