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Old 09-08-2016, 11:15 PM   #31
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we travel cross country and when you need A/C it's pretty freakin' nice. sure we only use it occasionally BUT.... BTW, we purchased our Escape 19 w/o and added it soon after.

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Old 09-09-2016, 12:11 AM   #32
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We can snuggle in on cold nights with a nice comforter and sleep really well. Nothing worse for us than trying to sleep when it's hot.
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Old 09-09-2016, 12:15 AM   #33
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Living in Colorado we decided on 2 Maxx fans and the A/C ready option. Then we decided to volunteer in Big Bend NP where the early spring temperatures hit 105 F before April. We did suffer.

But I like the idea of a little computer fan near the bed per an earlier post. Potential for quiet and directed air flow across the bed. And of course a variable speed sensor to reduce the RPM as the temperature lowers. Computer controlled, naturally, to keep me entertained with another project during the winter.

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Old 09-09-2016, 03:06 AM   #34
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Living in Colorado we decided on 2 Maxx fans and the A/C ready option. Then we decided to volunteer in Big Bend NP where the early spring temperatures hit 105 F before April. We did suffer.
My hat's off to you Alan. Not only for volunteering, but for braving the west Texas "spring" with no AC. It can definitely get hot very early in Big Bend. We camped at Chisos Basin on the way home from Osoyoos this year, and it was much cooler than what you dealt with -- but still pretty warm.



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Old 09-09-2016, 03:29 PM   #35
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We didn't get an A/C primarily because I don't like roof mounted units. And most of the time we're boondocking without power. We've traveled from Alaska to Baja and only a very few times we've wanted A/C.

Our $88 unit mounts in minutes in the window and for the few times we used it it did the job. And, if a future owner wanted an roof mount unit the trailers wired for it. So it's not an all or nothing situation.

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Ron, that is a very nice installation of a small unit. Did you post pictures of the installation process? Seems like with the split rear window of the new 2017 models it would be an interesting job to mount a temp. A/C support on the back using the spare tire bracket or bumper for support.
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Old 09-09-2016, 04:41 PM   #36
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Last summer in the South Dakota Badlands we were unable to get an electric site and it was really hot with no shade. It was too hot for us to do any hiking or sightseeing after about 11:00 in the morning and there was nothing else to do in the trailer but lie on the bed and sweat during the long afternoon. In the North Dakota Badlands it was pretty much the same situation but we just went into town to an air conditioned restaurant and library. This summer in the 1000 Islands it was 90 degrees every day and we were in the shade so the trailer didn't get too hot during the day, but the nights were just barely comfortable -- I think we were faced the wrong way and didn't get the advantage of some of the breezes -- that is something to consider when you set up camp without air conditioning. You have to decide what your own comfort level is in the heat.
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Old 09-09-2016, 05:03 PM   #37
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Much depends on how you deal with heat and the swings day to night. Here along Lake Ontario in upstate NY, it has been in the 85F - 90's over the last couple of weeks. Most nights the lake cools things down to the 60F at night, & I have no problems with the heat of the day knowing that the night will cool down for sleeping. No AC in the house.

A couple of weeks ago I was at a weekend concert in the Finger Lakes, and it didn't cool down below the mid 70's at night - I was miserable.

And while everyone makes fun of "Dry Heat", I have to admit I didn't feel too bad with 95 - 100 temperatures in the desert in Arizona & California, although I can't imagine the 120F summer temperatures.

I have an air conditioner on the roof of the Escape, however I rarely use it. I can only think of 3 - 4 occasions where I moved out of a dry site to a commercial campground so I would have hookups to run the AC. I've never run it at night; only to cool down the trailer during the hottest part of the afternoon.
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Old 09-09-2016, 05:46 PM   #38
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As I read these threads, I can't help but wonder if ETI would install a customer supplied AC unit.

For me, a 7500 (?) would be awesome while no doubt some of you in the deep south would love the option of a 13000(?) btu or even the 15000 units I see driving by my campsite at this moment.
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Old 09-09-2016, 06:00 PM   #39
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Ron, that is a very nice installation of a small unit. Did you post pictures of the installation process? Seems like with the split rear window of the new 2017 models it would be an interesting job to mount a temp. A/C support on the back using the spare tire bracket or bumper for support.
I did do a full write-up in 2015 but with a limited connection I can't find it right now.

Mine worked well because the emergency escape window works well for putting a portable unit there. The window even becomes a rain cover.

Interesting idea about using the same idea with the new style rear window. I don't know if the window hinges up enough to do that.

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Old 09-09-2016, 07:13 PM   #40
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Mine worked well because the emergency escape window works well for putting a portable unit there. The window even becomes a rain cover.

Interesting idea about using the same idea with the new style rear window. I don't know if the window hinges up enough to do that.

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Nope, the frameless windows don't open far enough to install that type of a/c on the rear windows.
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