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Old 09-11-2015, 10:35 AM   #29
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We went with the 50 amp and two air conditioners on the 2014 Classic. The 50 amp power cord is stored in the truck bed along with a 15' 50 amp extension cord. We also carry two 30 amp cords in the back of the trailer (one is an extension cord that also plugs directly into the Honda 2,000 watt Companion.

When we went to the International rally with 30 amp service, the front A/C acted erratically and short cycled so the rear A/C saved the day. Two weeks later at another location with 30 amp service, the front A/C worked fine and the rear was erratic and short cycled.

Glad we have two units.


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Old 09-11-2015, 10:36 AM   #30
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When I stopped in Vernon, Texas in August at about 5 pm, the car thermometer said it was 107. Got a shady spot and our single 13,500 btu AC unit cooled our 28' AS sufficiently to sleep that night with the help of an aux floor fan set up in the living area. In Lamar and Ft. Collins, Colorado, the single AC unit was sufficient. Per AS's advice, we left it on all day because the AC maintains a cool temp easier than getting to one. OTOH, having a back up AC is not a bad thing.

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Old 09-11-2015, 10:40 AM   #31
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We have a new '27 with ducted air and a single AC. The ducts distribute air much better than when we had in our previous Airstream '30bh with no ducts. We did get the full awning package and have been very happy with this combination. I like having the ceiling vent in the bedroom too, which is not there with two AC units. The front shore power plug is also deleted with 2 ACs. We also live in the North half of the country, so our weather may not be as hot as it is for others.
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Old 09-11-2015, 12:14 PM   #32
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AC units

Absolutely two. Ducted or not on a hot day with high humidity you will need them. I have seen some days three sound even better.
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Old 09-11-2015, 12:29 PM   #33
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Two. You will work them less and always have a spare. When it gets hot and there is no shade, nothing keeps up better than having two. And get the rear and off-side awnings, too.
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Old 09-11-2015, 12:44 PM   #34
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Yes, you definitely want a 50 amp trailer so the a/c and microwave or your wife's hair dryer can run at the same time.
30 amp trailers are inconvenient- turn off a/c, run the microwave, turn a/c back on-

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Old 09-11-2015, 01:02 PM   #35
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Perhaps I'm not adjusting well to the high expectations I'm reading. As a youngster our little town never had a air conditioner in it. Finally some old folks in poor health got them as well as the banker and doctor who got every new gadget. No lawyers in town, didn't need them.

It's a long way from this background, fifty years of travel and camping, to our first camper with "one" air conditioner a six years ago. And I thought we were really special.
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Old 09-11-2015, 01:04 PM   #36
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It would be useful on these comments if the posters would state what temp they consider comfortable. In our home and trailer if we can get 78 to 80 degrees we are okay. We live in Fl. I talked to one ASowner who was complaining his inside temp was only 76, thst would be too cool for us, we use fans to supplement the AC. He expected at least 72 or it was too hot. So I agree with Dkotom, I think we have a bunch if softies on here. It is camping, you know.
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Old 09-11-2015, 01:57 PM   #37
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We own 2015/28' Serenity, with 2 ACs. If no shade available, cooking a meal, how cool do you want to be.? More is better,! We keep set on 75. One will not do it in the circumstances above. How many warm bodies do you have? How much is the door opened and closed? Remember you do not have to use both.
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Old 09-11-2015, 03:38 PM   #38
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We have a 2015 FB Twin Flying Cloud with a single AC unit. Living in Southern California we have camped in some warm areas. My experience is that I can only expect a 15 degree drop from outside temp. The dealer indicated the newer units have less efficient coolant in the AC. They've tested the unit and confirm that 15 to 20 degree drop is normal. We have gone to the expense of adding a street side awning and it helps considerably. If you are planning on camping in heat do yourself a favor and go with 2 units.
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Old 09-11-2015, 07:05 PM   #39
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Originally Posted by dkottum View Post
Perhaps I'm not adjusting well to the high expectations I'm reading.
Please forgive me, but I have to put my oar in the water. I wholeheartedly agree that it is all about expectations. We still tent camp about once a month and plan to purchase our first AS in the spring. Even in the mountains of NC and TN it has been very hot and humid this summer. There are days when we would have killed for a 15-20 degree drop in ambient temp. It seems like utter luxury to me to have a refrigerator for cold drinks (instead of an ice chest), and an air conditioner of any sort would be heavenly!

I truly appreciate all that I am learning from the forums, and will take into consideration all the comments posted, but I look forward to ANY AC in my future 25' FC.
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Old 09-11-2015, 08:00 PM   #40
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2016 27FB One or Two AC Units?

Well, I don't know, but just for fun we toured a 2016 Classic 30' today when we picked up our Rocinante from her latest round of warranty service.

It was gorgeous! However, it seems there's no camping in that unit...only glampers need apply. .

OMG, trailer lust. Wow, what a beautiful unit. At $130k plus it better be as sweet as it looks, but wow. It was even nicer than a land yacht.

I'm sure it has at least 2 AC units. There, I managed to stay on topic.
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Old 09-12-2015, 06:28 AM   #41
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Question, if you,ust have it in the low seventys inside, when do you go outside and enjoy camping. There are parts of the country thst it never goes below seventy at night. Does that mean you don't camp at all in the summer? How do you enjoy the outdoors, grilling, hiking if you must have it that cool. You know when it's ninety outside and you go inside and its eighty it feels really good. Put a fan on and it's outright chilly! Looks like the glampers have taken over, everything must be like home or we can't go camping. Reminds me of the people who can't go to a rally because their trailer isn't polished yet, or they have a small water leak or any other insignificant problem thst wouldn't keep a real camper at home. These things are not perfect so you better enjoy them with their problems or you will miss out. Used to be in the Harley club until I discovered that most of the members wouldn't ride in the rain, or if it was wet, or if there was going to be rain later, or if it was too cold or too hot, or too dark, or too early or too much traffic. Are the new ASowners these same people only with AS instead of Harley's? If not being able to get the trailer down th seventy inside means you miss camping next to a lake or stream or between two mountain ranges or even with like minded people at a rally, then you are not only missing, you are missing the point.
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Old 09-12-2015, 01:43 PM   #42
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Definitely two. While one may be adequate for some, it is not for others. Just the fact that you are asking the question says you are having second thoughts about one A/C. Don't regret it later. Go for two. My problem with one is that it takes a while to cool the interior when temps are in the 90's and it runs constantly. Redundancy is always a good thing as well. I ordered a 2016 27ft International with 2 A/C's for just those reasons after having a 25 ft Flying Cloud with one.

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