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Old 05-15-2012, 09:26 PM   #15
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After further thought on this subject...... you will need power for the AC unit in whatever camper you sue. Summertime in the DC area will make the inside of the AS very hot. 12v vents on battery will not do it. Is there power where this event is to take place? Generators will do but will make noise - even the quiet Honda has a hum that is detectable at some distance.

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Old 05-15-2012, 10:22 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Foiled Again View Post
Consider carefully the size of the bride's dress. If it's a ball gown (big skirt) the narrow door could snag it....
With an Eddie Bauer or Pan American model, they could shove the bride in and out like a kayak or all-terrain vehicle.

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Old 05-16-2012, 10:04 AM   #17
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Hey everybody, thanks for all the posts! We're still looking-- we've posted on local craigslists and had a promising bite but it didn't end up working out.

I just pm'ed the member kristiana mentioned above.

Frank-- sorry someone else beat us to you! I'm sure your Airstream will be lovely in that wedding.

I think my dress and shoes will be ok in an Airstream-- the dress is not too big and has no train, and for shoes I'm wearing cowboy boots. SHould be safe on the steps I hope!

Regarding the A/C (a BIG concern to my mom!) we were just planning on using a small generator we have-- it's relatively quiet and will be about 75 yards away.

Thanks again for all the comments, everyone. Still searching & keeping fingers crossed!
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:39 AM   #18
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A small generator won't work

You need a 3000 watt genny to run an AC unit. I doubt anyone would let you wreck their AC by using a small 2000 watt Honda genny or a similar brand.
My sister rented a luxury bathroom trailer for her daughters wedding.
So...there is a company that addresses your needs.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:50 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by jld20024 View Post
Regarding the A/C (a BIG concern to my mom!) we were just planning on using a small generator we have-- it's relatively quiet and will be about 75 yards away.
Just noticed this! Be aware that most small gensets put out 15 amps or less. My Honda eu2000i genset produces 120V 13.3 amps.

A grounded household outlet supplies 15 amps maximum if other high-demand appliances are not on the same circuit. Even this is not enough amperage to operate an RV air conditioner. Worse, it may actually damage the AC's compressor. Campground hookups are through 30 amp circuits for this very reason. Here is a picture of a 30A outlet, but you'll need to have a circuit wired to city power specifically for this purpose:
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One member here successfully uses a dedicated 20 amp circuit at home to run his Airstream's air conditioner -- as long as he avoids using any other appliances while he is doing so.

A place than rents equipment to construction companies may have a genset that will produce 30A -- but it will be a big noisy pig!

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Old 05-16-2012, 10:54 AM   #20
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I just noticed something, too: "75 yards away" is a long haul for an extension cord.
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Your best bet would be to run the generator right next to the Airstream, on the opposite side of the wedding party, set it for maximum cool, and then have it turned off right before the ceremony. The trailer will stay cool for about 10 minutes in direct sunlight. After the ceremony, you could turn it on again, but any length of extension cord will again cause severe problems for an AC unit. Any airstream owner would be wise to have you sign a contract indicating you would be liable for any damages (drunken guests using the facilites, burned up AC....)

If you were to provide a range of what you were willing to pay, that might get a few more takers.....
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