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Old 05-22-2010, 11:10 AM   #1
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Summer Time Storage Temp?

We are in Florida and would like to get some opinions on what is a good temp. setting for the air conditioner during the summer time while not in use. We won't be using it for about 3 - 4 months. I do have a 30 amp. hook up but would like to conserve electricity without doing any harm to the inside of trailer, so, what are your thoughts ???
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We Lucy is stored at our house or at SuEllyn's Dad's house in Jacksonville in the summer, we leave the air conditioner on and set the temperature at 82 degrees. Both of these locations have 30 amp RV outlets. This had worked well for us over the past 4 years.

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RLS, I don't know what kind of ceiling treatment you have in your trailer. Our '97 has the white vinyl fabric, and we found out that Airstream wont' cover it's detaching from the ceiling if the interior temp exceeds 90f. We now have several places where the ceiling is drooping. With that said, I would suggest a thermostat setting of less than 90f.
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I forgot to add that we also store Lucy with silver reflective insulation in her windows and skylight when she is stored. I think that this helps tremendously in protecting her interior.

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I keep mine under a canopy. Inside AS temp hits very high 90's most days.
I do have a portable dehumidifier standing in the shower that I run. Pulls a couple of gallons/week out of the air.
No heat related issues after 3 summers.

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I left mine in a rental storage shed/garage for two months during hurricane season (Aug/Sep) in Fort Lauderdale with no ill effects. No AC, just left the roof vents open and closed the garage door.
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Thanks for the input I have it set at 92 degrees right now. I have noticed that the ceiling vinyl up in the curve area towards the side has pulled away some. I can push it back up and it wants to hold but not for long. You would not notice it if not shown where it is. Is this from the heat? I think this has set out in the sun for some time from the PO. Where I have it is under the oak trees ( not the best but has to be till I get the pole barn built around it ) so it does have shade.
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RLS, I think it is. That is what mine looks like in several places, the big section from near the door to the A/C unit has actually separated from the ceiling. From what I understand this has happened to quite a few trailers. The heat makes the glue lose adhesion. (Which makes sense)
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Our '97 has the white vinyl fabric, and we found out that Airstream wont' cover it's detaching from the ceiling if the interior temp exceeds 90f. We now have several places where the ceiling is drooping.
This seems absurd..... how does one travel on a sunny day?

Perhaps Airstream should use heat-resistant adhesives...

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Along this same line of thought, has anyone had troubles leaving a trailer in storage plugged in full time? Is this the most effecient way to keep the batteries charged up? Does it cause pre-mature wear on the inverter system? I have the luxury of storing inside an insulated building with power and really do not need to leave anything of consequence turned on in the trailer.
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this seems absurd..... How does one travel on a sunny day?

Perhaps airstream should use heat-resistant adhesives...

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x2, I thought the same thing. I hope it's not so. It's 95 here today in the shade and it will only get hotter as the summer begins.
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I store my AS in our insulated garage where the temperature usually does not exceed 82 degrees. I sure hope the ceiling vinyl does not come loose when we are out on the road when it is 100+ out.

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I got my information from the gentleman who is going to fix my ceiling. Obviously our '97 is well outside of its warranty. However, I have no reason to doubt his information. Many adhesives are not particularly heat resistant. I am surprised that Airstream doesn't use one which is more heat tolerant.
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I think what Aviator means, is high temp. plus time equals trouble. I'm sure the trailer has no problem with 100 + degrees for a short time. It's the Loooong sitting time baking out in the sun for Months that will take a toll on the interior. JMHO
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