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Old 05-31-2011, 02:43 PM   #29
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Most all Airstreams came with white center roof panels starting at least in the mid-1990's, if not sooner. We've had our roof painted with kool seal for two years now with no peeling, flaking, or chalking. An added benefit is it covers the rivets up there, so if any were leaking they get sealed.
Thanks, Terry. Did you do it yourself? If so, was there much prep work?

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Maybe they had the right idea with the Argosies?
Could be, Lew, but Argies are beige on top, aren't they? Not sure that's as good as a real reflective white would be...
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Old 05-31-2011, 04:29 PM   #30
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Thanks, Terry. Did you do it yourself? If so, was there much prep work?



Could be, Lew, but Argies are beige on top, aren't they? Not sure that's as good as a real reflective white would be...
I did the roof myself, all the prep work consisted of making sure the roof was clean. Our Argosy had the top half painted white, with the bottom half beige.
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Old 06-01-2011, 12:06 AM   #31
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I picked it up at a Wal-Mart in Green Valley Arizona. It is made by Stanley and it is a barrell fan that can be adjusted many differrent ways, and it has two 10 amp plugs on the side.

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Old 06-01-2011, 01:18 AM   #32
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I agree with YankeeDoodle. Windows should be viewed as a hole in the insulation. The only way to make your trailer cooler is to make the cooling volume smaller (hence closing off the bedroom) and/or reducing the heat gain through the windows, skylights and any other "holes" in the insulation. I might even try to double the Reflex foil insulation as it is not very thick. Eventhough you have a 13.5 kbtu/hr AC unit, a 15 k unit only gives you about 10% more cooling capacity. I suspect insulating the windows will make a much larger difference than 10% in terms of minimising the heat gain of the trailer.

BTW, how is your refrigerator doing?

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Old 06-01-2011, 06:03 AM   #33
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y'all ain't paying attention. The 2011 27 FBs came with the 15,000 btu ac as standard. Not the 13.5k one. So he's already got the max factory ac for the trailer.
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Old 06-01-2011, 06:30 AM   #34
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member lewster was using a sunscreen on the outside of the window glass in florida. from my experience with just winter sun in miami i'd say that would be a big improvement. a cooler window glass will make the inside insulation even more effective.
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Old 06-01-2011, 06:37 AM   #35
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Kent, try the foil insulation in your stack windows first. I found that, for whatever reason, covering them with foil gave me the most "bang for my buck" with the foil. It helped the most, and still allowed light in. Covering the vista view windows, if you have any, is also a good idea. They are on top, where the sun is strongest.
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For all, as you all have figured out my 27 FB already has the white top. Again thanks to everyone for the good suggestions.

TouringDan the fridge seems to be doing alright. I have noticed maybe a 1 to 2 degree change with the extreme heat.

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Old 06-01-2011, 06:58 AM   #37
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member lewster was using a sunscreen on the outside of the window glass in florida. from my experience with just winter sun in miami i'd say that would be a big improvement. a cooler window glass will make the inside insulation even more effective.
Someone mention me???

This is what the exterior sunscreens look like: Window Covers I had them on all of my windows on the 19CCD plus awnings all around. Rarely needed the A/C in Oregon.

These are custom made to your windows on site. They are great and are easily removable.
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Old 06-01-2011, 07:13 AM   #38
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I'm really interested in what works for you. Mid august should be the start of our very first extended six week stay in our own 2011 FB27, and our first planned stop is not too far south of Amarillo...
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Today while I was work my wife went to Walmart and purchased 5 jumbo windshield solar visors. 40$ later she had custom fit them in the skylights, vents, panoramic and vista windows. Thus far it has made the inside temp 3 to 4 degrees cooler than normal. Money well spent if you ask me!
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:50 PM   #40
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4 degrees is a lot.
I just realized that our "normal" house temp is in the mid 80's. We've been living here for six years with no AC, so not sure how hot it would have to be for us to be uncomfortable. But I am pretty sure 85-90 wouldn't bother us that much.
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Old 06-08-2011, 02:11 AM   #41
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We full-time in Dallas and have officially kicked off the 100 degree time of year. It's our second summer in Dallas and our first in the Big Weaz (our 2010 27FB International), and the heat was a big concern of mine before moving in. Here are a few things we've learned:

So far, the heat of mid to late day sun is always the worst. This is when the sun rolls under the shade our spot's trees provide to really hammer the curbside of our RV.

To battle this obvious problem area, we plan to install the sun shade awning upgrade from zipdee and use it whenever wind permits (it's also windy here). We're also installing the roadside and rear awnings soon, which should help shield the windows AND the big aluminum side that currently radiates heat into the trailer (we learned it's just as important to shade the big aluminum side as the windows since so much heat gets stored and transferred through it).

We are currently covering all glass with reflex foil, using our upgraded 15k AC 100% of the time, insulating the under bed area, and placing fans at both ends of the trailer - all with our goal being 80 degrees or less from 2pm to 6. If we can maintain that, we feel we can "beat the heat" of even the worst Texas day.

One more thought / lesson we've learned- this may not be true of them all, but our Airstream AC behaves and must be controlled differently than a home unit. We've found it takes much longer to cool if the things in the trailer are also warm (obviously). It's much easier to maintain cool through the fore mentioned hot part of the day if things are kept cool from the night. Where as home units can adjust more quickly to you, the Airstream AC just takes more time and is slower to react to sudden change requests.

These are probably obvious to you folks, but we've tried to carefully plan for this summer and have put a lot of thought into making it as comfortable as we can without going to extremes. We've got a few other tips and tricks to lesson the temps inside, but so far, the steps above are working, but we've only just begun
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A/C issues

Our new 27FB A/C will only cool to 8-9 degrees below outside air temp. Parked in Lake Powell for 4 days temp at 95. Parked at Lake Havasu temp at 98.....not what the salesman promised of 18 degrees cooling. Cant keep the Zipdee awnings awning out due to the wind. Plan on getting the unit checked out in Denver (where there is only 1 service tech for AS) We also have a fan inside running.
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