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Old 09-08-2016, 11:55 AM   #11
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But how did our parents and grandparents survive before AC? Loren
They sweated their butts off Loren.



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Old 09-08-2016, 12:37 PM   #12
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Ever notice the amount of clothes worn by our ancestors in the 19th century, long pants, shirts, full coat and hat with boots in 100 degree weather? Now, even in shorts/flip flops and t-shirt, we find it is too hot.....??
Is it because it is hotter now than 150 years ago??
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Old 09-08-2016, 12:54 PM   #13
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We live in New England and do NOT camp in the summer. Don't think I ever used the AC in our last trailer, but then we stayed on the east coast, only camping in the early spring and fall.

I did get it int he Escape, and am glad I did. First off the fifth wheel can get pretty hot up where the bunk is, as such we've been glad we had it a few times for that reason. But the real reason is that we travel the country now. Last October in southern Utah it got to something like 1000 degrees, bad enough for us to forsake the national park campground and drive to the closest town that had campgrounds with power. It came in handy a couple other times on that trip. This past winter it was nice to have a few nights in Florida when the heavy rain made us keep fairly closed up.

If you plan on staying where it's cool, or just don't mind the heat, then skip it, maybe make sure the trailer is AC ready in case you change your mind.

If you are like us and want to travel to warmer climes and don't care to sleep hot, then get it.
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Old 09-08-2016, 01:15 PM   #14
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Is it because it is hotter now than 150 years ago??
I don't think so. They were just tougher. Had to be. Ever try homesteading or living off the land?


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Old 09-08-2016, 01:49 PM   #15
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We have been across the southern US in other RV's with A/C. But plain don't like an A/C running full time.

In addition to our portable, very limited use A/C, we have a hanging fan. Just a plain old computer fan which quietly blows a barely discernible breeze along the bed. If I had to choose between it and the Fantastic Fan, I'd choose the hanging fan. Far more targeted and effective.

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Old 09-08-2016, 01:59 PM   #16
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Growing up in Western Colorado with many 100 degree days we put up with the heat. Most houses and most cars prior to about 1955 didn't have air. In 1965 our new Pontiac didn't have air, we then lived in the SFO area and didn't need it. We now live in AZ and my wife even sold her 1967 VW convert a few years ago and bought a new Fiat convert that has air and she will not go without air in anything. We do travel quite frequently and much of the time it is in the West where we may use the air during the day and a heater at night. After the heat records that have been set this year I would never consider a trailer without heat and air.
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Old 09-08-2016, 04:00 PM   #17
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I have a 5.0 TA on order but don't plan on getting the A/C. We live in the Colorado Front Range and the summer temps can get in the mid nineties but the evenings still cool off into the seventies. We will do most of our summer camping in the mountains at Forest Service campgrounds and boon docking without hookups so it seems like the A/C would get little use.

I don't like the idea of hauling a 103 lb. box on the roof if it isn't going to be used a lot. Not sure I even want the hole cut out and pre wiring done but another passive vent there might not be too bad.

As far as A/C increasing the resale value, I don't get the logic. If I spent $1,100.00 plus tax for an A/C box I won't often use and five years later decide to sell the trailer will I get $1,500.00 in increased resale value for the 5 year old box which is out of warranty?

Will the 9 or 10 people lining up to buy my Escape all decide to cut $1,500.00 from my selling price because I don't have a 5 year old A/C on the roof?
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No, what will happen is that you may find it hard to find someone else who feels the same towards owning a non a/c unit who also lives near you.
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Old 09-08-2016, 04:11 PM   #19
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Whether or not one gets A/C is totally up to them for their own reasons.

With Escapes being A/C ready, it would be easy to market it that way. Heck, you could offer to get it installed if they pay for it.



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Not sure I even want the hole cut out and pre wiring done but another passive vent there might not be too bad.
Even without air conditioning installation preparation, there will be the same hole in the roof, because it is a common 14" square vent opening. If the trailer comes from Escape without the air conditioner, it has a common opening vent instead.

I think the previously optional "A/C ready" package (reinforcement of the vent area to handle the weight, and wiring run to that location) is now standard, since the trailer structures have changed and the "ready" package is no longer listed as an option... but of course one would want to confirm that with Escape. Even if it is optional, I would want it if not getting the air conditioner.
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