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Old 06-30-2015, 11:45 PM   #31
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Typically, no; however, there is a condenser (a kind of radiator) which is normally visible from the outside, and an evaporator (looking the same) which is buried inside the ductwork so it's a little harder to get to. Both of them have air blown through them, so they can get clogged up which hurts performance. There is no filter for the outside one, so it can get clogged with stuff in the outside air (such as the fluff that some of the trees around here produce). Since the unit it new, it could also have some leftover packaging or something inside that is blocking the condenser or evaporator.
It is definitely worth checking both of those. There were days when we were parked under a number of trees. We may have a blockage that is keeping the cold air from getting in the trailer. I will check it in the morning to see if I can find anything.
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Old 06-30-2015, 11:45 PM   #32
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I am truly impressed with everyone stepping up to the plate here with thoughtful suggestions...especially when someone runs into a problem on the road.

Good luck to bshbros and his family on this unfortunate occurrence...
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Old 06-30-2015, 11:57 PM   #33
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I am truly impressed with everyone stepping up to the plate here with thoughtful suggestions...especially when someone runs into a problem on the road.

Good luck to bshbros and his family on this unfortunate occurrence...
I agree. The time that everyone has taken to to help me with a solution is very much appreciated. I have seen similar efforts on other threads and it makes me happy to be a part of such a great community.

Thanks to all and I will keep everyone updated. It may be a few days since we will be out of cell service for our phones and may or may not have wi-fi at our next destination, Dinosaur National Monument.
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Old 07-01-2015, 12:06 AM   #34
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That cottonwood cotton will mess you up at times. If you are close to Loa Utah, there's a repair shop there where they are extremely talented and can no doubt analyze your problem if not fix it. It's a small town with only one shop that's next to a farm store. They bailed me out one time and worked Round the clock to get us back on the road
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Old 07-01-2015, 12:27 AM   #35
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That cottonwood cotton will mess you up at times. If you are close to Loa Utah, there's a repair shop there where they are extremely talented and can no doubt analyze your problem if not fix it. It's a small town with only one shop that's next to a farm store. They bailed me out one time and worked Round the clock to get us back on the road
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That might be on our way as we head south.If we haven't found a solution by then we will definitely make the stop there. Thanks for the recommendation. I wouldn't know where to find a reputable place so I appreciate it.
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Old 07-01-2015, 12:59 AM   #36
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Our AC was not performing either to expected "coolness". I checked the filters and they looked fine untill I removed them and washed them in the kitchen sink and let them dry.

I agree blinds closed, vents closed.
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Old 07-01-2015, 01:08 AM   #37
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Hello all,
We have the A/C option installed in our 19' and are currently in northern Utah and heading south through Arizona. We have had it in use for a few days and are surprised that it doesn't cool as well as we thought it would. The thermostat for the furnace reads 85 and we have had the air on for hours. We are concerned about this as we anticipate temps in the 100's as we continue south.

I'm on my phone and unable to search the forum thoroughly so I apologize if this has been discussed on another thread. Anyone who has any ideas on how to keep the trailer cool?

Thanks
Do you have the EMS (surge protector)? It will not allow the A/C to run under a number of conditions, perhaps only the fan. I also seem to recall some special install requirement regarding a delay for the A/C that maybe someone here knows about, if you have the EMS.
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Assuming the AC is wired and installed properly, it should get the interior quite cool, even in hot climates. Here in South Texas, with an outside air temp of 96-98F, and WAY more humidity than you would ever find in Utah, we can run ours on low speed and still keep the trailer around 75F.

Something doesn't sound right to me. As others have suggested, maybe have the system checked out.
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Old 07-01-2015, 12:33 PM   #39
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I would agree. My 2009 has one of the earliest roof mounted ac units (sorry it is in storage and I don't recall the brand and it isn't a Dometic), but even in 100 degree+ weather, I have to turn it down as it gets really cold. I also have less area to cool as my Escape is a 17'.
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Try the recommended Dometic test (as relayed to me by a local Dometic authorized repair dealer) when we first thought ours wasn't working. Their test is designed to eliminate some of the variables.

First find a thermometer that has an accurate digital probe. I used a meat thermometer that normally goes into meat for the oven. (Actually, any thermometer that you can place in the vent area would work as long as it won't shut off.) Place the probe in the vent of the AC (this is the inside exhaust vent) and run on FAN ONLY for 15 minutes to establish the ambient temperature.

Second, after 15 minutes turn the compressor on in high mode and run for about 5 minutes. Note the change on the thermometer. Any change above 15 degrees is considered by Dometic to be OK or working. I just did this again on ours. Outside temp is 94 F. Ambient in the trailer was 80 F after 15 minutes on fan. After 6 minutes with the compressor on I got 49 F or a change of 31 degrees. Optimum for the Penguin II.

The dealer cautioned me that you cannot go on feel in the trailer or a thermometer that is not placed in the vent. What you are checking is the ability of the AC to change its ambient intake air to a colder air at the exhaust. This process is similar to how I have seen my auto dealership test my car A/C.

I would be interested to know your results when testing as recommended by Dometic. As new as your A/C is, I suspect it is operating within parameters. When we first got ours and were in 110 F heat, we didn't think ours was working either, but it was. Good luck.
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