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Old 02-04-2013, 08:44 PM   #11
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Jim, that logic is similar to what our HVAC guy tells people about sizing a furnace. He says the ideal sized furnace is one that runs 24/7 on the coldest day of the year. So many furnaces are over sized, and cycle too much.
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:53 PM   #12
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There are a couple of past posts on this subject that might add some experience and information. Posted 5-18-2012 ( Dometic Penguin a/c w generator) and 8-20-2012 (Honda EU 2000 and Dometic Penguin A/C with SmartStart). The later is very informative. As for me, I thought I was getting an AC with SmartStart but that wasn't the case. I can barely start and run on my Honda 2000 with ECO off at near sea level. Talking to Reace, he told me that the inverter has to be off line in order to run the AC on the generator. One needs to be careful not to damage the Dometic Penguin with marginal amps. My Escape came with a Model 6003 Series. The unit is very noisy in my opinion. I may invest in a SmartStart or try a Supco hardstart capacitor. Having AC is a must in the southern US and prevents you from any boondocking during late spring through fall without it.
I drove home today from work with the AC on. I can only image what July & August 2013 will be like in Texas.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:02 AM   #13
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Thanks to everyone for their replies. I have read tons of posts on the 19 and everyone's builds, really helps in deciding on options. Have also done a google search on the polar cub , it seems to be a well respected unit in the RV community.
Jim, have you used the heat strip, if so, how does it work? Do you remember the cost of the unit? I really like your built in electric heater mod.
Sure is fun planning, and I'm getting close to what I think I want.

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Old 02-05-2013, 12:06 PM   #14
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Yes, I have used the heat strip, it is about 5200 BTU's but with the higher fan speed it is not too hot. It takes the chill off but definitely not a primary source of heat. I'm real pleased with the electric heater mod also because it has a real low fan speed you can feel the heat and it is quiet. The Polar Cub w/heat about $350 more than the Dometic.
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:41 AM   #15
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Jim,

Thanks for the quick reply. Sounds like the polar cub is worth the up charge both from the sizing for the trailer and noise level.
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Something I had not considered for when I eventually get A/C, but noise would be a big consideration. I don't imagine they publish the decibel levels though.
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:46 AM   #17
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Actually, with all the db meters built into apps & Radio Shack's inexpensive, but fairly accurate meter, it might be useful for some of us to measure the SPLs of our ACs. Can't do mine until the spring, but if we picked a meter location for each model trailer & had enough samples, it might be worth doing...
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I rely upon my ears and as I get older I hear less, so some noise will not be heard by myself. However, for some reason I still hear clearly "Next round is on me" even if whispered!!
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:19 AM   #19
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Much that I read was about how quiet the polar cub is both inside and out. Noise is so subjective nothing bothers my wife but me...... Would be an interesting comparison.
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Certainly true that noise is a subjective, as a example the furnace fan in our 19 doesn't bother me but wakes up my wife. but rattles in the truck while driving make me crazy and she doesn't hear them. I think a little real world decible testing of the two units for future owners would be a great idea.
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