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Old 05-24-2016, 11:03 PM   #15
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We live in Minnesota, travel in fall, winter and spring. Never use our one air conditioner. It depends on where, when you travel. I'd take the advice of those from your part of the country.
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Old 05-25-2016, 06:36 AM   #16
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In Mississippi the 90 degrees and 95% humidity has already been here for a week or two...


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Old 05-25-2016, 06:55 AM   #17
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I haven't gotten to Florida yet but am on my way. There is nothing as pleasant as the roar of two ACa at full blast in cool mode. The AS cools down in one minute. Awesome.
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Old 05-25-2016, 06:57 AM   #18
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If one unit goes down for some reason, you've got a back up. Order two.

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Old 05-25-2016, 08:49 AM   #19
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I'm also in Dallas and I have 2 a/c units in my 30 foot trailer. Here are my thoughts.

Yes one a/c will cool the trailer to 75 degrees on a hot summer day in the sun under the follow conditions: you have all four awnings out, the door stays shut, upper blinds are closed, no stove cooking, and few people in the trailer. Shade will help dramatically. Even with two a/c units this is our normal mode of operation.

However, if you have a hot trailer from travel or being out with a/c off it will be after sunset before the trailer cools to what I would consider acceptable (78 degrees) with one a/c. When cooking with a family of four and going in and out of the trailer two a/c units will struggle to keep the trailer at 74 degrees in the summer sun without the awnings out.

Much quicker cool down after travel. At the end of a road day the trailer can be quite hot. And when we get to our spot and get camp setup and start dinner we are all tired and hot. Coming into a cool trailer is a big relief.

Redundancy...... I've already had one unit replaced under warranty and it would have ruined a trip not to have had the second a/c.

Humidity, we run the smaller unit as first on and last off for humidity control in the trailer. It is my preference to try and extract as much moisture out of the trailer's environment as possible. Running the small a/c first allows me to maximize the humidity removal and use the large a/c for "final trim" of the temperature.

Wear and tear. We use the larger a/c's heat pump in the winter so it becomes the primary device for a few months of the year and this helps to balance out the usage between the two units.

Final though...... It all depend on how you plan to use the trailer. For my family we consider two a/c units to be very important to a positive camping experience in the summer.



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Old 05-25-2016, 09:03 AM   #20
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Other considerations:
I am always cold.
My wife is always hot.
His and hers air conditioners-
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Old 05-25-2016, 09:59 AM   #21
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Just got my new 26u FDC with 2 air condioner, love them. Instead of coiling my cord I just "feed" it into the compartment, this works for me.
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Old 05-25-2016, 12:02 PM   #22
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Personally I believe that one 13.5K unit in any trailer of 27' up is marginal when the weather gets hot. Even when my '04 30 ft Classic slide out was built the standard AC unit was 13.5K BTUs. I also learned that awnings make a tremendous difference in helping to improve the performance of the air conditioner(s).

Based on our climate and our locations where we travel, I upgraded my Classic at order time to the 15K heat pump unit. I also deploy the awnings unless weather conditions (wind or storms) play a factor. Quite honestly anyone who lives and camps in the southern or southwestern portions of the US would benefit in having a second A/C unit.

In my case the 15K air conditioner has done an admirable job and compared with the 13.5K unit that was on my 27' Safari, and is really a much better choice for those trailers greater than 27' if you travel in conditions that range from the upper 90's downwards and where you have awnings all around.

Again not having awnings all around makes a difference. After experiencing a hot trip with my Safari, in full sun and daily highs in the upper 90's, I added a street side awning that was the entire length of the trailer. While it didn't extend out as far as a patio awning, it made a significant difference in reducing the sun load on the trailer. We never had an unacceptable experience with inside temperatures again.

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Old 05-26-2016, 10:21 AM   #23
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^^^ Great points.

Brings up a question, for me actually. So, the two AC units are not the same, BTU wise?

I did not know that...interesting. For my 2016 27' FC FB, with two ACs, I gather I have a 15k unit and a 13.5k unit?
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^^^ Great points.

Brings up a question, for me actually. So, the two AC units are not the same, BTU wise?

I did not know that...interesting. For my 2016 27' FC FB, with two ACs, I gather I have a 15k unit and a 13.5k unit?
Yes, that's right.
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Old 05-26-2016, 11:00 AM   #25
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I am also in Texas with a 27". Don't fool yourself into thinking 1 A/C is adequate. It is not.
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Old 05-26-2016, 12:14 PM   #26
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I probably shouldn't put my two cents in.

I have a twenty footer, really only boondock up north. The few times that I have had electricity and used the AC, I nearly froze. ( one time the cold air made it rain inside my trailer )

I go to music festivals, play music into the wee hours. I often need an afternoon nap. It's miserable without the AC on. That being said, how often will you want to go camping in 100 + degree temps. How much time will you actually be spending inside the camper. If I was going to be in a camper all day long, hiding from the heat…I might just stay home. But that's just me.

I agree with what everyone has said, but I am just voicing the other side of the story.

Depending on how much you have to spend, how, why, where you will be camping, should be part of YOUR decision making process.
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Old 05-30-2016, 08:39 AM   #27
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I just bought a 30fb and had one unit not working on the first night of use. We were able to turn only the fan on, in the non-working zone and leave the other one running cool and it did a decent job of keeping us around 80 which was better than the 90+ it would have been if we only had one unit and it went bad. So simply for back up purposes id go with 2. The cord is no big deal and we just put it in the bumper bin.
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Old 06-02-2016, 06:02 PM   #28
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I just purchased a 2016 25 ft FC which only has one unit, and wish I had a second AC already! Get two!


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