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Old 02-06-2012, 09:14 AM   #15
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Running the AC, before the trailer gets hot, is the best way to keep it cool.

That gives the AC a "head start".

In that way, the AC doesn't have to fight an excess of hot cabinetry or interior metal.

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Old 02-06-2012, 09:45 AM   #16
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During the summer here in South GA, I have found that if I have my A/C running in the early morning through the day is good. If I wait until mid day to turn it on it never catches up. At night it will freeze you out. I had an issue with condensation collecting in the covers of the exhaust fans that are inline with the A/C vents.
I can see why many people add the 2nd A/C on the larger trailers.
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Old 02-06-2012, 12:53 PM   #17
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Well I don't have an AC anymore :-( . I am still debating replacing the unit or trying to find a fan motor that does not cost and arm and a leg. Time and mud dobbers have taken their tole on my unit. If I go new I will go with a 15,000 BTU unit. I am leaning towards a 15,000 BTU Dometic. Most places don't like shipping to a home address and I understand that because big trucks and sub divisions don't mix.

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Old 02-06-2012, 02:50 PM   #18
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Perry, Do you have a shop that could rebuild your electric motor? I have a place called Rock Island Electric Motor Repair about 10 miles from my home that rebuilt my Univolt. They are able to repair burnt windings and bad bushings etc. That might be cheaper and easier than finding replacement motor. Ed
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Old 02-06-2012, 06:00 PM   #19
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Yeah, I have not had a chance to get up there and pull the motor. It is a bit of a pain to get at. Rats have been living in the thing on the inside. I would have to remove it to get all that junk out of there. I would rather replace it and maybe fix up the old one as a backup or sell it for $200 to someone who wants it. I figure the motor and cap are going to be $100+ and then almost another $100 for a new inside vent assy. I am already about $150 into it with a new shroud. It is getting to the point of diminishing returns. Outdoor Mart have given me a good quote on a new unit including the drain add on. I need to figure out how to ship it since they don't like shipping to home addresses.

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Old 02-06-2012, 08:15 PM   #20
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Perryg114- My a/c cools my TW just fine, I guess because it is only 24 ft long. However I do wish that it was better insulated, so it did not run as much and did not have to drain off so much condensate.

idmtman- Now you are talking about my plan for keeping cool when I boondock at music festivals. I figure with 3 fantastic fans, LED interior lights, one or two small efficient 12v fans and four 6v golf cart batteries, I should be able to keep cool at night without the hassle and noise of running a 3 or 4 kw generator and my air conditioner. I have a 1 kw Honda genny that I will use during the day as needed to recharge the batteries. I alway try to point my trailer to the north also, so that the afternoon and evening sun does not shine on me directly but allows the Airstream and the awning to protect me from the heat of the evening sun. I have plans for solar too, but that will come later. I probably need to paint my AS lid white also.

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Old 02-07-2012, 08:06 AM   #21
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A good bit of my cooling problems were the thermostat shutting off before it got cool in the trailer. This was caused by cold air getting to the thermostat pickup.

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