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Old 09-07-2016, 11:29 PM   #1
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Those with no AC, please weigh in

We are currently looking at new and used Escape trailers and have been debating about air conditioning. Do we absolutely need it or are the powered vents sufficient?

For those that do not have Air Conditioning... where do you do most of your camping? Do you get by OK or do you wish you had AC? Does the fan do a good job keeping it comfortable?

We live in MN, which can be hot and humid during the summer months. Some of our camping we would have access to power other times we would be boondocking with a generator. We do at least one 2-3 week trip out West every summer with the kids and have always survived in tents.

I like the idea of keeping it simple but also like the idea of sleeping comfortably when it is hot/humid. I am not worried about during the day as we are typically out exploring whatever area we are in until much later in the day. We get back to camp, have something to eat, maybe have a campfire, go to bed and do it all over again the next day.

Thanks in advance for your replies!
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Old 09-07-2016, 11:35 PM   #2
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For those that do not have Air Conditioning... where do you do most of your camping? Do you get by OK or do you wish you had AC? Does the fan do a good job keeping it comfortable?
I don't have air conditioning but then I live and camp in the Pacific Northwest where humidity is generally not a big factor. The Maxx fan keeps it comfortable enough for me. I don't think I'd do without it if I lived in the Midwest, though.
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Old 09-07-2016, 11:36 PM   #3
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A friend moved down here from Pittsburgh with a car with no AC. He couldn't sell it and couldn't drive it down here even with the windows down. Ended up taking it back up north to be able to unload it.

Do you plan to do any traveling in the south in the summer? If so, AC is not a luxury - it is mandatory. Fans moving 90+ air don't do much good.
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Old 09-07-2016, 11:52 PM   #4
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I don't have AC, but I live and camp in BC or NW USA. Truth is, I rarely turn the Maxxfan on. I'll have the vent open but don't need the fan.
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Old 09-08-2016, 12:07 AM   #5
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AC lets you go to some areas of the country in the shoulder seasons when there is space available in the campgrounds. If you never want to go to any of those areas and where you will only be camping is fine without AC then you could get by without it. I've had trailers both ways, I want AC so I'm not limited on where I can wander.
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Old 09-08-2016, 12:50 AM   #6
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We had almost never turned on the A/C in years. Mostly camped in the off season but did use it in summer in Iowa in the 90's.

And then we turned it on all of the time in Texas and Oklahoma in the hot season. The Maxx fan is great but not that great for that kind of weather.

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Old 09-08-2016, 02:10 AM   #7
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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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Old 09-08-2016, 11:26 AM   #8
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In our 19', my six foot 1" husband can stand up comfortably. The air conditioning uint lowers that height, and he would have to stoop, so we have been happy with just the Maxx fan.
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Old 09-08-2016, 11:47 AM   #9
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In over 6 years with our 19 and no A/C, there were only a handful of nights I would have used it if I had it. Most of our camping was boondocking anyway, and often in the foothills and mountains around here, so heat was more useful.

For my 5.0TA I will be getting A/C as we plan to do lots of travelling which will mean lots of warmer climates.
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Old 09-08-2016, 11:50 AM   #10
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It all depends where you park and enjoy your trailer. What I found amusing was when we looked at the Casita's in Texas, air conditioning was standard and the furnace optional. At the Escape plant, it was the opposite. But since most of us take our trailers all across North America, it is best to be set up for all climate conditions. But how did our parents and grandparents survive before AC? Loren
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