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Old 02-28-2019, 09:59 PM   #1
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Air conditioner in Escape

Hello,

If you have factory installed AC, how has it fared? Any leaks or problems to be aware of?

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Old 02-28-2019, 10:56 PM   #2
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Other then how loud the thing is, my 2014 works fine. Occasionally the compressor won't shut off, gets a bit chilly when it get down to 62 or so. Cycling the digital thermometer clears it so I've not brought it in for service. The newer Escapes have a different thermometer, may be a moot point if that is the cause of the issue.

Reading one of the big RV forums back in 2008 or so it was found the screws for the rooftop A/C's needed to be snugged once in a while to prevent leaks. I had done so with my Starcraft but have yet to check the Escape.

If you want A/C, I'd say go for it, I'm glad I did.
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Old 02-28-2019, 10:57 PM   #3
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We have it in the 19'.. used it exactly two times.. first time to see if it works and another time when I was doing work inside the trailer when parked next to the house... for us it is way too loud to be useful... we also don't have hookups most of the time (I'd say 90% of the time so far). probably would go without one if we are getting an escape today.



no problem with the unit itself.. no leak. it does reduce the inside clearance a little (under the unit) so might have to watch your head if you are taller or in my case when I'm using a step stool to get to the top of the kitchen cabinet.
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Old 02-28-2019, 11:44 PM   #4
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Not to argue as we all have different views, but on one of our 1st trips was to Utah in the fall, it hit 100. Being a New Englander, I wouldn't be able to sleep in such temps, you folks are Californians, might not be a big deal. To me the A/C paid for itself the 2 nights I needed it that trip. I don't care for the noise level either, but I'll suffer with that over the high heat. Don't use it much but I'm sure glad I have it when I need it. Guess finding a hotel would work too. As it was we left Hovenweep and drove to Bluff just to find hookups.
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Old 02-28-2019, 11:49 PM   #5
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Used ours in the California Desert last year when the temp hit 90. Worked great not too loud. You don’t need it until you need it.
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Old 03-01-2019, 12:15 AM   #6
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Reading one of the big RV forums back in 2008 or so it was found the screws for the rooftop A/C's needed to be snugged once in a while to prevent leaks.
Maybe, but this would presumably vary by air conditioner brand (and fastener size and design) and RV builder (and corresponding assembly work). I went eight years and tens of thousands of kilometres with the air conditioners (two of the stupid things) on my motorhome without touching those screws, and when I removed one of the dying Carrier units to replace it the bolts were still plenty tight, and the gasket well compressed, with no signs of a leak. The motorhome is always left outside.
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Old 03-01-2019, 06:09 AM   #7
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My Escape is a 2014. I have been very satisfied with my AC. I feel the noise level is reasonable - much quieter than other people’s generators. The thermostat works well keeping the temperature where I want it.
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Old 03-01-2019, 06:12 AM   #8
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No leaks, no problems in 4 years of service. Unless you call it sounding like a jet engine turbine one foot away from your ears a 'problem'.

Still, when it's hot and humid, it's better than melting. We do find however that we avoid camping in those conditions most of the time, so the AC doesn't get used on most trips.
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Old 03-01-2019, 08:22 AM   #9
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Both of ours have woorked well with no problems. We used it the first night we picked up the 19 and knew the noise level was somewhat elevated but doesn’t really bother either of us. On the 19, I had it on once inside our building to cool the trailer down for loading. The trailer was absolutely level. Some water appeared on the floor. I snuggled up the gasket/mounting bolts, no additional problems that year. The next year I removed the cover just to look things over. Where the wiring is routed through the sheet metal framework there is a soft puttylike caulk. The heat that the roof had experienced caused the caulk to sag leaving a couple holes through the tin. This allowed the condensate water to be blown to the “wrong” side and no doubt caused the leak. I pushed the caulk/ putty back in place. Never had another problem. When I use the 21 in hot weather, I leave the front of the trailer very slightly elevated so condensate water can run off the backside. These are operational procedures for me and in no way any any criticism of the two units we have had. An 85 or 90 degree day with 90% humidity and hookups, the noise is nothing compared to a comfortable night’s sleep for me.
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Old 03-01-2019, 10:09 AM   #10
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When I use the 21 in hot weather, I leave the front of the trailer very slightly elevated so condensate water can run off the backside.

I laughed over this. Last summer I was using the a/c a lot due to all the hot weather I was experiencing in the Midwest. Since I hadn't really used the a/c back home in the PNW, I didn't realize this would happen. As I was raising the front of the trailer to hitch up, I heard this gushing and thudding noise and wondered WTF? Turns out it was a bunch of water coming off the back end of the trailer from the a/c and hitting the ground. I didn't hear any yelping, so fortunately there weren't any dog walkers behind the trailer at the time checking out the cat decals.
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