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Old 05-30-2011, 07:37 AM   #1
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27FB AC cooling problem

My wife and I have been living full time for the last month in our 27FB in Amarillo, TX. We are both new to full timing, and everything has been great until yesterday. The heat got to 103 and I could not get the trailer to cool down past 87. Any idea's?

-A/C was on full blast.
-I clean the filters every week.
-All window shades and skylights where closed.

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Old 05-30-2011, 07:43 AM   #2
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If your AC unit is a 13.5K BTU, then you at the limit as to what this unit can cool. I had a 28' Safari and experienced a similar problem on it's first time out in 104 degrees and full sun. I added awning on the street side which helped somewhat. When I bought my Classic I upgraded from the standard 13.5K unit to the 15. Never regretted that choice.

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Old 05-30-2011, 07:55 AM   #3
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Jack is correct. If you are fulltiming it makes sense to upgrade to a bigger unit or go North for the summer. Your a.c. is working normally.
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Old 05-30-2011, 08:07 AM   #4
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Jack,

So, this is normal even with a 15K BTU?
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but.....the 2011 International 27FB came with the 15,000 btu ac as standard, didn't it?

Ours did.
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Yes, my 2011 FB has the 15k.
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Old 05-30-2011, 11:07 AM   #7
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hmm. from what jcanavera is reporting, it should do it.
Have you thought of some kind of solar film on the inside of the windows? those spaces between the windows and the interior shades are great little solar furnaces. Problem is that they're inside the trailer with you. Or outside shade. Are you getting direct sun on the trailer?

How bout the skylights and roof vents? Are those out of the direct UV? Do you have vent covers?
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Old 05-30-2011, 01:22 PM   #8
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I had issues when we were in Arizona, and Las Vegas, and I bought a tube fan that I ran all the time. I also ran the air conditioner full blast through the night, and by early morning I could get the temp down to low 70's. Running the fan circulates the air and by noon it would be 80 inside with 112 outside.

The fan made it comfortable even during the hottest of days

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Gringo,

Thanks for idea's. I have already put vent covers on and I just went to the store and bought a couple little fans to try and circulate the air better. As you suspected my Airstream is in direct sunlight all of the time. The park we stay in is pretty new with little shade due to the newly planted trees. The trade off is it has the biggest slips in Amarillo and the price is just high enough to keep riff raff out of the park.

Reganzo,

Thank you also for the good info. That gives me some hope. I am an active duty Marine and my wife and will probably be moving to 29 palms california in about a year. I was starting to get concerned that I might need to purchase a second A/C to put in the bedroom area.
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Believe it or not (I know I just posted this comment somewhere else) - the pull out canopies really help keep the Stream cool - especially the street side and back.

If your Airstream did not come with them and you live in a "Hot" environment (or hang out in one) it might be worth the expense!
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As posted before the ac will only cool to 20 degrees below outside temp. I think it is in the design. jim
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Update.....

Added two small 4" fans, amazing results, much cooler.

Reganzo,

What kind of fan did you buy? Size and brand?
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Interesting - more airflow - allows for better evaporatoin on skin so feels cooler - Nice Solution!!!
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Some trailers have the special white paint just on the roof to better reflect the sun's rays. Since it's only on the top, you don't really see it.

If you don't already have that, posters on here have claimed a 10 degree improvement (cooler) just by adding it...
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