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Old 01-27-2015, 08:16 PM   #1
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Air Conditioning

Do any of you have knowledge of the new ducted air conditioning? Some friends have suggested that there might be a condensation or mildew problem since the ducts are sandwiched between the internal and external. Is this upgrade a good idea or bad idea...or just a different idea?

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Old 01-27-2015, 08:46 PM   #2
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FIrst years will check out the 'issues'... give it time.. and the 'bugs' will sort out. If you want to be adventurous and "help/participate" in getting this great option functions, please to...

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

I suppose there are lots of things that can cause 'condensation'/ mold...but, maybe a simple addition of a de-humidifier to dry out the interior when you park the AS will fix it?

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Old 02-28-2015, 10:36 AM   #3
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I would hope there is at least some insulation between the duct and upper roof. It's an overdue feature and looking at a unit with the roof ducts yesterday - it looks great. Can't commend on whether it reduces noise or how well it works...
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Old 02-28-2015, 10:52 AM   #4
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I can comment on both noise and effectiveness.

I took delivery of a brand new 2015 Flying Cloud 25FB on October 2nd, 2014. We have now camped in our new Airstream for for almost 60 nights. We have found the new dusted system to be both effective at distributing heat and/or air conditioning, and being much quieter than the ceiling mount units. When I say "much quieter", this is a gross understatement.

I know of what I speak as I have a lot of experience with Airstreams and camping. I had a 2005 Safari 25FB that I bought new and spent over 1,300 nights in. I also had a 2012 Flying Cloud 23FB that I had for almost a year and spent 148 nights in.

The new ducted air is both efficient and quiet.

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I had a ducted in the ceiling SOB trailer for a couple of years. I never detected any issue with condensation. Especially in high humidity areas like Florida. While I can't comment on Airstream's design, my guess is that this shouldn't be an issue.

The only comment I have heard is from my dealer who noted that the ducted units don't seem to cool down as quickly as the non ducted units. That may have some merit since the ductless units have more noticeable cooling due to the blast of air you get from them. Once cooled down, the units apparently work well.

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