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Old 09-08-2009, 12:50 PM   #1
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replacement a/c for 77 Sovereign

After my little incident with the tree branch and ripping off the a/c shroud, my husband and I have been discussing just replacing the a/c with a new and probably much more energy efficient a/c unit. But, which unit to buy? Carrier? Duo-Therm? Husband wants at least 15k. Is one brand better than the next?

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Old 09-09-2009, 12:25 PM   #2
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Old 09-09-2009, 12:35 PM   #3
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I went with a Carrier, see http://www.airforums.com/forums/f427...ead-40795.html.

There have been comments about trouble with support from Carrier, but my only problem was one of the small catches to close off the vents on each end was missing. It took a couple of calls to connect, but once I got the right person on the phone I quickly got what I needed. Email was not good, though. Phone calls to actual people worked better.
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Old 09-09-2009, 01:08 PM   #4
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I went with a Carrier 13.5K with heat strip option. It has worked very well the few times I have used it. I bought mine from a company called FamilyRV, they sell new units on ebay.
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I used them also, 13.5 is more than enough, unless in Texas it's hotter than Fla?
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There are very few places hotter then where I live.

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Old 09-09-2009, 02:28 PM   #7
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If you have the original Armstrong A/C, and it still works, would buying/making a new shroud be an option?

Our original Armstrong might only be 12.5K BTU, but it will freeze you out of the trailer in a hurry!

We full-timed in the Sovereign in 2006, when I was at Ft. Huachuca, AZ for school. Only had one problem with the A/C the whole time...had to replace a relay. Not bad for a (then) 35 year old system! I've seen folks with Coleman Mach V A/Cs that lasted four years and then concked out. They really DON'T build them like they used to.
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Old 09-09-2009, 05:17 PM   #8
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We got a Carrier 15k btu unit from Family RV too. They have the best prices. Right now I think they are having a sale on them. If you call them directly and tell them the price you saw on Ebay, & buy from them directly they will throw in free shipping usually. We went with the non-heat strip unit, just the regular non-low profile model (less $$). Our AS has a perfectly good furnace for cold weather. The model is the Air V, with the air shower feature. When you install it you have to play with the adjustment to get it to fit the inside ceiling curve. There will be a slight gap. We used a large "D" shape white gasket cut to fit to fill it in.

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Old 09-09-2009, 06:51 PM   #9
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I love the quieter Armstrong A/C on our Sovereign; however, when we replaced the Coleman on the Argosy we went with the Carrier. The low profile really looks great on these trailers. I will say that I never got the heat strip to work well in the cold winter. It wasn't worth the money with 40 MPH winds and 15 degrees outside. Carrier was the only way to go without rebuilding the pan and drain line. It was a lot less expensive.
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Can I ask you all some questions about this thread? Awhile back, a fellow AS folk mentioned they found the 15K Carrier for $475.00 from "Palomino Parts". I haven't found this company on a websearch. But I did find Family RV on ebay and they have the 15K unit offered for $495 plus $100 shipping. I like the idea of free shipping if I call Family RV directly. Seems to me the best deal is going to be Family RV for $499 with free shipping. So...has anyone found a better deal going on for a purchase at this time? Mary said "they were on sale..." Is this the sale price you found?

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Old 09-25-2009, 08:45 PM   #11
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RV Tec in Pigeon Forge, TN has the 15K Carrier for $489 on ebay. But if Family RV offers free shipping if you call them direct, that does indeed seem to be the best way to go. Thanks Mary. I don't know if RV Tec offers free shipping.

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