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Old 09-10-2015, 05:40 PM   #1
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2016 27FB One or Two AC Units?

Greetings everyone,

We are shopping for a new 27FB Flying Cloud and are trying to find out of two AC units are really needed? We just sold a 2012 39' Heartland Bighorn 5th Wheel, which only had one AC unit, and it cooled off the coach just fine in temps into the 90's. We generally camp up and down the west coast in all but the very warmest of summer months and would like any advice on ordering our new unit with either one or two AC units installed.

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Old 09-10-2015, 05:48 PM   #2
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If I was getting a new trailer I would go ahead and get the twin units. Better to have than not and need.
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Old 09-10-2015, 06:10 PM   #3
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The single AC with ducted air seems to do just fine for me. Just drove back across the midwest where temps were hitting 92-96 and humid, but trailer cooled off pretty quick.
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Old 09-10-2015, 07:15 PM   #4
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We generally camp up and down the west coast in all but the very warmest of summer months and would like any advice on ordering our new unit with either one or two AC units installed.
Given your geography/usage a single 15,000 BTU should do it.

Keep in mind though, some Airstream models (like the one i have) come with panoramic windows, a few skylights/vents, and 4 to 6 "porthole" style windows above the side windows. These are great but soak up a lot of thermal and radiant heat compared to your SOB 5th wheel.

If $s are not too big an issue for you, there is a benefit of two AC's: backup. These units regardless of brand are not exactly reliable. Having 2 ACs could save a perfectly good vacation should one go out.
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Old 09-10-2015, 07:19 PM   #5
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Old 09-10-2015, 07:31 PM   #6
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We just have the one AC unit, but we also have the awnings package, which helps (when the wind isn't blowing too much to have them open). The highest temperatures we've experienced thus far while camping were in the middle to high 90s with some humidity and rain. The interior of the trailer was comfortable-- not as cold as I would have liked, but certainly very tolerable. Admittedly, my idea of "cold as I would have liked" is about 64 degrees!

I think we were able to keep the interior in the mid-70s that weekend and the AC mostly ran around the clock.

Do you go on a lot of trips where you boondock, or do you stick to campgrounds where you'll have 50 amp electrical hookups? We use our Fantastic Fans a lot. With one AC unit you'll get two Fantastic Fans, but if you upgrade to the 50 amp service, you'll lose one of them.

It's a tough choice. I had some concerns about going with just the one AC unit, but we've been fine so far.
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Old 09-10-2015, 07:50 PM   #7
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I live in Florida where heat is extreme, but I don't camp in my state as we're usually out of Florida when on the road. My 25ft does pretty well with one AC but two is always better, it's like having a tow vehicle that works but works very hard. The big downside of two AC units is the 50 AMP power cord that becomes your umbilical to shore power & it's heavy, cumbersome and difficult to manage, that's why in class A motor homes most cords are on a wheel that winds them in. Living in Nevada you probably need dual units but suggest you get acquainted with the monster cord before buying.
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Old 09-10-2015, 08:05 PM   #8
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Hi, my trailer does fine with just one air conditioner and it's only a 11,000 BTU unit. My trailer is a 25'er, but has the small windows and fully insulated interior.

I wouldn't want to cook, nor would I like to fight with that 50 Amp cord either.
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Old 09-10-2015, 08:14 PM   #9
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The 50 amp cord is heavy.
But we tend to camp in June, July and August along the gulf coast. It was a very, very hot summer and having two AC made our camper a cool retreat during the hottest part of the day.
We are glad we went with two AC's
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Old 09-10-2015, 08:37 PM   #10
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We have one AC unit and a full suite of awnings, which works fine for where we tend to camp.

That said, we've yet to try camping on the gulf coast or the desert southwest in summer. If either destination is your plan for that time of year, we might suggest two AC units *and* a full suite of awnings.
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Our travel method is to never take anything we don't need, so we have one air conditioner and it works fine, and I think the full awning package has a lot to do with it.

More important though is where you travel and camp. In the summer desert or Southeast it's very hot, on the west coast it's dryer and more comfortable. I like fresh air with windows and vents open, the sounds of a coyote or dove in the morning, not the roar of air conditioners.
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Greetings everyone,



We are shopping for a new 27FB Flying Cloud and are trying to find out of two AC units are really needed? We just sold a 2012 39' Heartland Bighorn 5th Wheel, which only had one AC unit, and it cooled off the coach just fine in temps into the 90's. We generally camp up and down the west coast in all but the very warmest of summer months and would like any advice on ordering our new unit with either one or two AC units installed.



Thanks!

I ordered the same, 2016 FC 27, with 50 amp, and 2 a/c's. I only use the 50amp cord when 2 a/c's are needed on my current 2014 F C 27. I like being


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1 versus 2

We have a 2014 31ft Classic and are just returning from Georgia, South Carolina and the south in general. 90 to 95 degrees and very humid. We're glad we have the two A/C units. Ours aren't ducted and somewhat noisy. When we are in the front of the trailer we use the back unit. When in the back we use the front unit. We use both to cool the unit down quickly when we pull in someplace.

The 50 amp cord is heavy. I purchased a 30 amp cord which is much lighter and use it when ever we feel one unit is all we'll be using. We can't run the microwave and one A/C unit on 30 amps though.

I'm sure your unit or units in your new trailer will be quieter being ducted. My opinion would be to go with two units and buy a 30 amp and lighter power cord. Hope this helped and enjoy your new trailer.
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I have a 28FC with full awnings and one 15,000 AC. With the ducted air and the awning package. It has done fine for us. We immediately turn on the two fantastic fans when we are setting up then the AC and let it vent out some. We live in TX and have been in some warm spots and it has worked out well. Still cools down unit well at night and very comfortable during day. The ducted air seems to more equally cool the entire unit more than the smaller unit, non ducted in our 25FC.

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