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Old 09-04-2013, 09:19 PM   #15
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What about that special white paint they put on the roof to reflect the sun? Does it do much?
Good point Aage. That would be on my "to do" list if I lived in Texas.

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Old 09-04-2013, 09:22 PM   #16
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Yes white will help alot. White and aluminum absorb about the same but the white radiates heat much better than alumimum. White has a high emmisivity which is basically IR reflectance.

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Old 09-04-2013, 09:52 PM   #17
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As I found out on are 34 foot Panamerica the one 15000 btu ac will not even come close to cooling trailer when it above 95 degrees but if we shut the door between garage part which is 13 foot and front living part it can keep up and gain a little but slowly on high which works out to a 21 foot trailer and it make big difference if you can have owning open in sun side of trailer. These Airstreams are way hotter in the heat than SOB trailers but they also cool of quicker with windows open.
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:56 PM   #18
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Think although the old 13.5 unit did a better job I am going to have to get a second unit to make it color in TX summer.
I am hoping I have AC guy that can hot wire my old AC unit to serve as second unit.
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I would get the model number off your old AC, contact Dometic yourself and have them send you the correct thermostat. Then have your rv tech install it for you.

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Old 09-05-2013, 06:41 AM   #19
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A trained monkee can install a mechanical thermostat in an older AC unit. It takes about 5 mins. The key thing is to make sure there is no power to the unit. This one can be rigged if you can't find anything else. You would have to figure a way to mount it. I used one like this on my heater strip to turn it on and off. For some reason dometic did not thermostatically control the heater strip which is kinda stupid. My old Coleman had both heat and cool thermostatically controlled.

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Old 09-05-2013, 07:03 AM   #20
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I had a problem four years ago that required the replacement of the circuit board on the Penguin. Original type was not available so the service man had to install a new thermostat, but it looked OK and worked very well. Bottom line - I think the tech in your case was lazy or inept or both!
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Old 09-06-2013, 07:17 AM   #21
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I talked to RV repair guy. He has old unit and I am going to get it back and have an AC guy that thinks he can "hot Wire " it to run on max/ high fan with toggle switch when ever I need extra unit.
I think I am going to have another RV repair guy that I have used for years but that is always so busy that it takes weeks for him to come out and work on your AS cut a whole in the roof where the old TV antenna is now and mount the "old unit" as my second unit and put a 20 amp dedicated plug to run that.
Any thoughts or suggestions? I figure that should be easier and cheaper than trying to switch out whole electrical system to 50 amp.
Only prob is at Texas football tailgates which I love, I have to run my generator and my Honda EU 3000 will not run two ACs. I guess I will have to buy another generator? Will a Honda EU 2000 run just that one 13500 AC or will I need a bigger generator?
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:27 AM   #22
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Something just does not seem right: when you have to run two AC's at a football game. I would run one AC and a fan.

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Old 09-06-2013, 09:03 AM   #23
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With one AC the interior temp with two fans reached 95 * . You could not be inside to prepare food or use the restroom without sweating like a pig.
It was more comfortable outside under awning even with outside temp 105*
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:10 AM   #24
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I certainly would hope that nobody is playing football in 105 degrees.
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:48 AM   #25
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In Texas that is a common early sept temp.
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Old 09-06-2013, 10:19 AM   #26
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If you look as a National Weather Service thermometer setup, you'll see that the official temperatures are always temps in the shade. Low 90's in the shade can easily be 105 in direct sun.
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If you look as a National Weather Service thermometer setup, you'll see that the official temperatures are always temps in the shade. Low 90's in the shade can easily be 105 in direct sun.
And when it's 105 in the shade... it's time to go to Colorado for a month!

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Agreed!
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