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Old 06-24-2009, 09:30 PM   #15
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I recently threw my Coleman Delta T 13.5 1987 piece of junk in the weeds and replaced with a new Carrier AirV 15,000 unit. I also painted the roof white. That is a BIG deal!

My unit is a 1987 34 foot triple axle. Whereas the old a/c would make it "tolerable", the new unit makes it NICE.

Get a new Carrier and be done with it.

I got mine from Palomino Parts, and they beat the $589 price quoted on here a few posts back. Not by a lot (the $589 was a good deal), but by $15 or so. The number is on these forums....I think I posted it last a couple weeks ago.

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Old 06-24-2009, 09:58 PM   #16
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These are all very interesting posts about AC. I have read much and I would like to get a new air conditioner, but it is not in the budget. It is a bit perplexing to me because my air conditioner looks good. The coils are clean it seems intact, very well built, still blows some cool air, and has good power. It just seems like a waist dumping it if it could get valves put on it and recharged for 1/3 the cost of a new one (I am assuming?). I have a video downloaded where a guy takes old window air conditioners that do not blow cold air anymore and cleans them up puts valves on them (They did not make them with valves) recharges them and sells them.


Freon must be highly regulated because nobody wants to work on them and I don't have the tools to recharge. I don't want to hurt the environment, but if somebody knows how to handel this stuff I would sure pay them to fix my air.

I will have to figure this one out. I went through this inner debate about my axels until I saved the money and bought new ones. Right now the air is tolerable. I can live with that until I can either find somebody to make mine better or buy new.

Thanks for all your input

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Old 06-25-2009, 09:05 AM   #17
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I recently threw my Coleman Delta T 13.5 1987 piece of junk in the weeds and replaced with a new Carrier AirV 15,000 unit. I also painted the roof white. That is a BIG deal!

My unit is a 1987 34 foot triple axle. Whereas the old a/c would make it "tolerable", the new unit makes it NICE.

Get a new Carrier and be done with it.

I got mine from Palomino Parts, and they beat the $589 price quoted on here a few posts back. Not by a lot (the $589 was a good deal), but by $15 or so. The number is on these forums....I think I posted it last a couple weeks ago.

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Airstream put the 13.5k units on those 34'ers and it never did the job. 15K is at a minimum what you need for comfort. Dependent upon the climate 13.5K is sometimes marginal down to 28'. That's why a lot of us either building new or replacing are putting in 15K AC units.

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Old 06-28-2009, 09:24 PM   #18
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How about some "today" feedback? we just returned from an outing to Perdido Key RV Resort with our 29' and the original Armstrong AC unit. The only shade was from the main bridge to the island and lasted until 07:00am ...

Not too hot, maxed out at 92-95 degrees outside but in full sun we would creep up into the mid 80 degree level inside. The sun was BRUTAL!

A neighbor in a 28' C class SOB finally tossed in the towel and went home, his single AC just couldn't compete with the solar load.

The road side awning was deployed and the trailer was pointed east-west. The morning sun would warm the rear so we closed the bath, the evening sun hit the nose.

One day with some clouds in the late afternoon dropped the internal temps by 5 degrees.

FYI the original fridge did quite well, low 40's during the day, mid 30's at night!
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Old 06-28-2009, 10:22 PM   #19
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Just back tonight from a trip with our little (23') unit - I think it has an 11k unit on it, facgtory original. It was 98 on Tuesday ... trailer in full sun, awning out, shades drawn anywhere sun was shining in, trailer oriented east-west. It did fine. I had it set on "medium cool" and the temperature dial set midway toward "cool." I was outside most of the day, but whenever I went inside, it was about 72 in the trailer all day. I'm sure it would have gotten quite a bit cooler, had I set it on "high cool" and dialed the temp. down further.
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I have been relatively content with the factory unit on our 27FB. I am almost positive it is 13.5K Btu, but it could be 15K. In hot weather (and we have PLENTY of that) here in TX, I just try and do everything that I can to get shade on the trailer and then I try and stay ahead of the curve for cooling.

I have streetside and rear awnings that I deploy. I deploy the main awning and will drop it down to get more shade on the side of the trailer if I can.

I keep the blinds closed and the shades drawn during the day. I minimize the use of lights and anything that generates heat inside when possible.

I keep the AC fan on high and the temp set low enough to keep the compressor running most of the time.

With all of that, it usually stays comfortable in the trailer. Usually in the very hottest part of the day, it will start to warm up, but not uncomfortably so. I haven't checked with a super accurate thermometer, but the cheap one that is part of my alarm clock usually doesn't show much above 78 degrees even with outside temps over 100.
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Old 06-29-2009, 04:52 AM   #21
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I recently threw my Coleman Delta T 13.5 1987 piece of junk in the weeds and replaced with a new Carrier AirV 15,000 unit. I also painted the roof white. That is a BIG deal!

My unit is a 1987 34 foot triple axle. Whereas the old a/c would make it "tolerable", the new unit makes it NICE.

Get a new Carrier and be done with it.

I got mine from Palomino Parts, and they beat the $589 price quoted on here a few posts back. Not by a lot (the $589 was a good deal), but by $15 or so. The number is on these forums....I think I posted it last a couple weeks ago.

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Hey Jim; Between my new bubble foil insulation and my new 15.000 BTU low profile Carrier I can only run it on low setting when it is 95 outside, other vise I get icicles forming on my mustache. Thanks, "Boatdoc"
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:17 AM   #22
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(but I smell a bunch of lobbyists at work here)

Your smeller needs calibration, tain't lobbying anything. I wouldn't use it. For whatever reason, it is not used as a industry standard.

Moving on to productive thoughts...Those of you that are warm, when was the last time you cleaned the condenser (outside finned material)? You may receive welcome benefits for doing such. It is important to spray the opposite direction than the airflow to correctly clean. Simple Green, 409 or such is a good degreaser to spray, then rinse with water hose, carefully ensuring that you do not bend over the fins with too much pressure or angle.

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