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Old 09-29-2018, 09:48 PM   #1
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Do you need air conditioning?

We are buying a 17B and have to have the options list ready for December. We don't have a lot of trailer experience except for our tent trailer a few years back. I've never been a big fan of A/C and don't find we need it in Vancouver area. Don't like the idea of camping with the windows all shut up. My question is if it is needed in the escape trailer. We will likely be camping in BC for the summer months so might be in the Okanagan I guess. My husband might be in the south a bit in the winter. Does the trailer get really hot? Does it cool off at night? Maybe there are some people out there without A/C who can let me know what it's like. Thanks!
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Old 09-29-2018, 09:59 PM   #2
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I'd haul my 17B south to Palm Desert to visit a buddy in the winter, but I don't have air. If you think you might snowbird, I'd get it.
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Old 09-29-2018, 10:16 PM   #3
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If you travel anywhere that is hot the AC could make your stay more pleasant.
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Old 09-30-2018, 12:12 AM   #4
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It depends on where you end up. Today it hit 107F here in Apache Junction, AZ. While I would prefer to be in the mountains, circumstances happened that I'm not. While I rarely use it, today (and the last week or so) I love my AC!
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Old 09-30-2018, 12:19 AM   #5
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we usually don't have power where we are camping, so the A/C gets very little use.
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Old 09-30-2018, 01:27 AM   #6
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Pretty sure all the new generation units are built ac ready, so you can always opt to add it later. Doubly so given your close proximity to the factory.
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Old 09-30-2018, 01:50 AM   #7
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If you have AC you don't have to use it but nice to have when you need or want it.

Also, some day down the road you will sell the trailer to upgrade to larger Escape . Having AC unit could make all the difference for quick sell.
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Old 09-30-2018, 02:39 AM   #8
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You never need it until you need it. When we hit California last winter it was a big help. Suspect the same could be said for the interior of BC this summer. On balance I would get it.
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Old 09-30-2018, 05:15 AM   #9
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where ina california winter did you need AC?!!?

I mean, I've lived here my whole life, and have not had AC since an apartment in college in the 70s in Marin.
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Old 09-30-2018, 08:02 AM   #10
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I would say there are two main things you should consider to answer this question.
Where and when do you do most of your camping, would it be warm enough based on what you know that you would want AC?
Resale, without the AC it would limit some of the people who might be interested in it.
We are in the SE and no way you could get by here without AC unless you don't mind sweating. I'm amazed at the amount of people we see tent camping that bring small window AC units to put inside there tent.
I always try and think about it this when I have a decision like this to make,
better to have it and don;t need it then need and and you don't have it.

Safe travels to all,

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