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Old 06-02-2016, 10:51 AM   #21
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If I weigh your experience against my experience and the experience of other posters, I think that maybe your cooler is not cooling as well as it should.


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We have a 2010 28ft Flying Cloud in Slidell, La. It is definitely NOT a comfortable trailer between May1 and Oct 15. 15000 BTU will keep inside about 10 degrees below outside temp in sun but humidity soars...in shade about 15 degrees cooler but humidity still high....most of the AC capacity is consumed by latent cooling, not sensible.




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Old 06-02-2016, 11:27 AM   #22
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It gets to 115 degrees here in Tucson and I live in my Airstream with no shade and no awnings. Whew! I think the window awning package would help your situation a lot, and with the AC running, you should be able to keep it reasonably comfortable if you stay with a short Airstream. At the dealership I work at, we usually have a 25' with one AC and a 30' with two ACs plugged in and running. There is a noticeable difference between the two. A shortie would be comfortable with one AC though. Good luck!
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Old 06-02-2016, 11:57 AM   #23
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I had a 30ft MH which I sold when I retired from the Navy. I stayed mostly at Belle Chase until the retirees complained about the Geo's taking all of the good shade spots. After that I had to move every 30 days. I purchased the 31ft Sovereign a few years later after retirement and after getting a real 8-5 job. Only those of us who lived and stored all of our material possessions in a 6ft rack onboard a grey lady will be able to understand why you say a 20ft airstream is large enough for you. That actually brought forth a little chuckle from me because I lived that life myself. Moving into a 20ft trailer is like moving up to a studio apartment. There are a lot of good used Airstreams out there so you might want to consider what your needs are going to be in two years to see if a larger trailer is warranted. Good luck with the Geo experience in Louisiana.
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Old 06-02-2016, 12:55 PM   #24
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White Roof = Big Difference

I also painted the roof gloss white on my 34 footer and with a single 15,000btu a/c unit it stays fine even in 102 degree Orlando July temperatures. Painting the roof gloss white easily dropped the internal temp 10 degrees F. I highly recommend it.

I also have awnings all the way around and put them all out.

One caveat; My trailer is an Avion 34 footer (actually 36' long), but it's very similar to an Airstream (I had a 31' Excella previously) and think you'd be fine.

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Old 06-02-2016, 01:35 PM   #25
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+ 1 on the roof paint, it makes a HUGE difference.


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Old 06-02-2016, 01:59 PM   #26
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I agree with m.hony.
I'm camping this weekend in Florida and that will be it until the fall. my ac stays on high most of the time this time of year. even at night it stays around 80 outside. not much fun being outside after noon with the heat and humidity. the ac seems to handle it if you keep the shades pulled but what fun is that.
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Old 06-02-2016, 03:01 PM   #27
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Typically you can expect an 18-22 degree differential.
YMMV
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Old 06-02-2016, 04:41 PM   #28
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I bought a new 2010 23FCFB that now has over 200,000 miles on it.
From the time my trailer was new the AC would not keep up in 95+ temperatures. In Laughlin, NV it did not shut off all night and couldn't get the temperature below 80.It was 115 during the day. Not sure how hot at midnight.
The AC irritates the hell out of me when I'm trying to sleep. I'd be interested on input from someone who has the new vented AC. I'm seriously considering a new 25'. Can anyone tell me how it cools?
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Old 06-02-2016, 05:14 PM   #29
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We had a 25' FC with 13,500 ac and July in Daytona, it was uncomfortable during the day. OK at night. Wish it had a 15k ac. Now 30' two ac no problem.
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Old 06-02-2016, 05:20 PM   #30
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To the original poster, I would highly recommend a 2015+ with ducted air.

Roof is much thicker/better insulated, A/C is much quieter and air is better distributed throughout the trailer. Roof is also painted white. Make sure to get awning too and you should have no problem.

Always get a shaded spot in travel camp if possible, but those usually get booked first if it's hot.
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Old 06-02-2016, 05:52 PM   #31
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This past weekend, I was in full sun. It was 86. Trailer was 66. In full sun, my single 13500 unit always seems to make about a 20 degree difference.
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Old 06-02-2016, 06:10 PM   #32
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Too hot to airstream?

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Only those of us who lived and stored all of our material possessions in a 6ft rack onboard a grey lady will be able to understand why you say a 20ft airstream is large enough for you. That actually brought forth a little chuckle from me because I lived that life myself. Moving into a 20ft trailer is like moving up to a studio apartment. ---------snip--------.

So true, so true. We were all young and foolish once. Now I am no longer young....but remember those days well.

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Old 06-02-2016, 08:20 PM   #33
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Off topic a tiny bit. I am on East Coast, hazy, hot humid. Due to my job, I boondock a lot, no gennie, one solar panel. I am usually full sun....so do I keep airstream windows closed with reflective stuff, or open with shades down. We work all day get back about 11 each night, but want a cooler sleep. I try for shade when possible, but knot aways available.
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