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Old 06-21-2013, 06:51 AM   #57
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Anyone upgrading to a 15k AC- I just ordered and received(3 day shipping) a Dometic brisk air 2 from adventurerv online. The price was $599 with ceiling assembly! Coleman units weren't much more. I don't see how dealers charge so much, prices are all over the board $750 and up. I'm going to make my own custom exterior pan and drain line(clear) too many stories on here of interior leaks for me.
I thought about an advent unit and researched them, they looked okay to me but people were calling them "chinese knock-offs"so I went with "tried and true", however dometic is assembled in china too!-don't know about coleman.
I also got an atwood dsi water heater from adventurerv for $335 others wanted $450 and up.
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Old 06-21-2013, 07:04 AM   #58
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We just returned from a trip to Dallas Texas. It was very hot, over 95 everyday! Even with the air running nonstop it was not cold, more like cool. We went to HD and bought two rolls of the metallic bubble wrap insulation. Cut pieces for every ceiling opening and all windows. One for the door too. It made a HUGE difference in comfort with everything insulated. It is sort of "cave like" so we take them out as soon as the sun passes. Our roof is also painted white from the factory. I think there is no RV that does well in that kind of heat.
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:45 AM   #59
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Afternoon shade is what makes my 35' Silver Streak bearable in the Texas heat with a the OEM 13.5 A/C unit (and dehumidifer). This brand has bettter insulation, overall, but not compared to a arctic package SOB . . of course, they have so few windows so poorly placed one may as well be living in a storage room. REFLECTIX is handy stuff, and looks better if one uses fabric over both sides. I use charcoal cloth on the outer side and avoid that ghetto aluminum foil look.

A second A/C unit is planned. But first, an upgrade to a low profile 15k unit.

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Old 06-25-2013, 10:08 AM   #60
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Anyone upgrading to a 15k AC- I just ordered and received(3 day shipping) a Dometic brisk air 2 from adventurerv online. The price was $599 with ceiling assembly! Coleman units weren't much more. I don't see how dealers charge so much, prices are all over the board $750 and up. I'm going to make my own custom exterior pan and drain line(clear) too many stories on here of interior leaks for me.
I thought about an advent unit and researched them, they looked okay to me but people were calling them "chinese knock-offs"so I went with "tried and true", however dometic is assembled in china too!-don't know about coleman.
I also got an atwood dsi water heater from adventurerv for $335 others wanted $450 and up.
I have heard that the new Brisk II is a very good AC and does a great job cooling the RV and is quite. What are your thoughts on the Brisk II so far.

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Old 06-26-2013, 05:41 AM   #61
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I got the 15k brisk air ii installed and it cools great! I turn it on when I get home from work mid-day it must be 100 degrees inside, It blows out all four sides and cools the ceiling which is the heat culprit. Keep in mind that it is not a low profile unit and looks tall because it's so short (length)and it drains to the outside, that is probably an issue for some. I may paint the shroud silver or even make an aluminum one to give it the vintage look. I am very happy with the performance so far though.
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Old 06-29-2013, 08:56 AM   #62
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On the windows. Do they only come with the dark tint???? I see high end 5ers with the overlay with all the little holes in it on them. I was inside one and found that they block very little view looking out but a lot looking in(except at night). Would think a AS would look great with a silver overlay to match the TT. Kind of makes the window dissapear and would block a lot of sun light or heat asorbition from the glass getting hot from the suns rays. And yes I know the awning will block the sun from hitting the glass.
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Old 06-29-2013, 11:00 AM   #63
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Last year I painted the roof with a commercial product called Ceramiflex. This material is probably similar to kool seal, it is an elastomeric material that has embedded ceramic particles in it that help to reflect heat. Doesn't need much special preparation other than a clean surface to adhere to and according to the company is used on bare steel and aluminum quite a bit. Not cheap, smallest amount I could get was 5 gals and that ran about 200 or so.

This last week I installed a new Dometic low profile unit and had occasion to get up on the roof in the late afternoon when the temps were in the 90's and the sun was shining bright. I could comfortably rest my hand on the part of the roof that had been coated with the ceramiflex, the bare aluminum was too hot to touch. And in the 6 or 7 months it has been on the camper, the only real change was that it had gotten a couple shades darker from all the dust and rain. Between the white roof and the newer ac, the camper stayed fairly comfortable inside when the temps outside were in the 90's.





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Old 06-29-2013, 12:59 PM   #64
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Afternoon shade is what makes my 35' Silver Streak bearable in the Texas heat with a the OEM 13.5 A/C unit (and dehumidifer). This brand has bettter insulation, overall, but not compared to a arctic package SOB . . of course, they have so few windows so poorly placed one may as well be living in a storage room. REFLECTIX is handy stuff, and looks better if one uses fabric over both sides. I use charcoal cloth on the outer side and avoid that ghetto aluminum foil look.
Dark fabric will trap the heat not reflect it. The foil would be a better choice...or at least a light color fabric.
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Old 06-30-2013, 07:31 AM   #65
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Feel dumb today. What is a SOB. Sounds like I can order a custom AS from the factory through a dealer with more insulaton in it. I have been looking and do not see a site for any options that you can get wih a special order new TT. Is there a site? Heard that they come only as seen But the white roof and I see other ways,ie no oven, different A/C etc. Do you have to go to a dealer and sit down and talk then or can you sit at home and go over at your oun speed. Need to put it on my dream board and sleep on it.
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Old 06-30-2013, 07:34 AM   #66
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Feel dumb today. What is a SOB. Sounds like I can order a custom AS from the factory through a dealer with more insulaton in it. I have been looking and do not see a site for any options that you can get wih a special order new TT. Is there a site? Heard that they come only as seen But the white roof and I see other ways,ie no oven, different A/C etc. Do you have to go to a dealer and sit down and talk then or can you sit at home and go over at your oun speed. Need to put it on my dream board and sleep on it.
Sorry Other Brand, Sorry old box, some other brand most likely.
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Old 06-30-2013, 07:57 AM   #67
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Feel dumb today. What is a SOB. Sounds like I can order a custom AS from the factory through a dealer with more insulaton in it. I have been looking and do not see a site for any options that you can get wih a special order new TT. Is there a site? Heard that they come only as seen But the white roof and I see other ways,ie no oven, different A/C etc. Do you have to go to a dealer and sit down and talk then or can you sit at home and go over at your oun speed. Need to put it on my dream board and sleep on it.
Sob...some other brand

You can do some minor changes but I don't believe there is anything you can do regarding insulation. For all intents you could probably substitute a microwave convection oven for the standard oven although that is the standard for certain models. You can opt for a larger air conditioner again assuming the largest one made isn't the standard for your model. White roof has been the standard for years now.

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Some Streams come with two AC's would that make much of a difference in the 95+ heat compared to the standard 15,000 single unit? I have. 27fb on order and was curious about my future challenges in the southwest here.
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Old 06-30-2013, 12:47 PM   #69
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We live in the deep south east - central Alabama. Out 30' bunkhouse is on order with two ac units - the dealers down here tell me that you can swing it with a 27-28' but if you close the shad to bedroom it gets hot - and with one this will require good shade - otherwise it will be quite stuffy I'm told - one of the salesman at my "local" dealer went out in 28 2013 serenity 2 weeks ago to the gulf in Alabama and temps were in the mid 90's - he has I think two kids - he said it did "ok" in the shade spot they were parked - only that they could not close bedroom shade.

But he said on a 30' "ok" becomes marginal or worse....

I know there are a few folks in hot climates that make it with one unit - many variables I play I would think.
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Old 06-30-2013, 01:07 PM   #70
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Switz, that's the best option list I've seen. We had a 25' FB and the 13,500 A/C was very inadequate for Florida heat. Now have a 30' with two A/Cs and wow what a difference. You were wise choosing your options.
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