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Old 03-04-2010, 09:54 PM   #1
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replacing A/C with fantastic fan

Iam thinking of replacing my air conditioning unit with a vent fan such as a fantastic fan. What should I know and when should I know it?
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Old 03-04-2010, 10:00 PM   #2
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Why? Put a Fantastic Fan in one of your vents and you will have both A.C and ventalation.
If it is real hot, a Fantastic Fan won't pull it. It will circulate the air and keep you comfortable in moderate temps but you will swelter if it is hot and humid.
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I just put into the trailer a fantastic fan in one of the original ceiling locations. We bought it on others recommendations - rain activated sensor, etc.

I replace my old AC last year with a Penquin Heat Pump. It seems as though you might regret down the road if you take out the AC completely. I know the AC replacement is a high additional cost but might be worth it if you are camping in a location with high humidity and or temperatures. You might look into finding a used AC or Heat Pump. There should be a trailer junk yard near you to look at or a supplier that has a used one. Heat pumps both cool and heat. The heat side is pretty good down around 40 degrees, depends on your comfort level. We have an additonal small heater if needed. Our furnace I haven't replace it yet, but will in the future.
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do it for her

We use our air conditioner maybe five days in a year, average. In a way, it isn't worth having for 5/365 or under two percent of the time. We don't plan to go places where we'll need a/c, but every now and then end up there.

Almost three years ago friends needed tlc and support. It was August in Bakersfield, CA, and it was 106 degrees. Not the hottest place on the planet nor somewhere we would otherwise choose to stay. We would have fried without a/c, and even with a/c it was 88 in our trailer during the midday.

If my trailer didn't have an a/c, I myself wouldn't add one. Expensive and lots of weight, and our windows open really wide. But job #1 is keeping DW happy, and I'm really glad we have an a/c for those few days each year we need it.

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Old 03-05-2010, 12:31 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info. The reason that I was thinking of repacing the a/c was that its the orginal unit in my 69 safari and the line to the compressor is broken. And the unit is the source on leaks during the rainy season. Does anyone know the cost of repairing the old unit vs installing a new one or installing a heat pump? Thanks.
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Thanks for the info. The reason that I was thinking of repacing the a/c was that its the orginal unit in my 69 safari and the line to the compressor is broken. And the unit is the source on leaks during the rainy season. Does anyone know the cost of repairing the old unit vs installing a new one or installing a heat pump? Thanks.
As far as repair a factor will be the availability and cost of Freon.
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Usually repairs are not cost effective on an old unit. I replaced my dead AC unit with a heat pump (Carrier AirV, no longer manufactured) and think that is the best way to go.

If you decide to go with a fan, I suggest a Turbo Maxx. You can run that rain or shine. I have a Fantastic Fan and like it, but the rain sensor will shut it down for half an hour or more, leaving you with no air circulation if just a quick shower rolls through the area.

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Christopher's right about the Fantastic Fans and it's funny how FF says not to put a cover over their fans. We added a Maxxair Fanmate 9000 cover over one of our FFs and finally can run our the FF rain or shine, or at least keep it open for gravity venting.

The cover makes a big difference and really beats listening to the FF hunting, open and closed and open again, at night while we're trying to sleep.
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I am also wanting to replace the Air con with a vent, as we are based in New Zealand with cooler weather, and never had to use the air con. The extra weight is not worth the extra fuel to pull it.

My question is, is there any 12v wires available around that part of the ceiling? If not then is it possible to pull a new 12v cable in at all?

If it's easier, will I be able to recycle and rewire the existing 120v cable to 12v?

I have a 20ft Flying Cloud 2010 model. Hope to get some feedback here, thanks!
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