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Old 09-21-2013, 05:54 PM   #1
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I'm not sure which power source the roof mount air conditioner works off of. I have ordered a trailer with a.c. Does it run direct from shore power only, or is it from the 12 volt system. If it is 12 volt what is the draw? I've ordered the 2-6v batteries, and wonder about using the a.c. for extended periods.
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Old 09-21-2013, 05:57 PM   #2
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Mine only works on 110 vac. I have the fan in the ceiling and it is on 12 vdc.
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Old 09-21-2013, 05:59 PM   #3
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The AC runs off 110V AC - either "shore" power or a generator. It does not run off 12V DC.
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Old 09-21-2013, 06:03 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info!!
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Old 09-22-2013, 07:31 AM   #5
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As an aside, the reason that it runs off of only 120V is because of the draw that A/C requires for cooling, combined with the length of time required for cooling. It is possible with a large enough inverter (converts 120V AC to 12V DC) to run your A/C. but it would suck your dual batteries down in very short order.

If you are boondocking most of the time, A/C does you no good, unless you are willing to run a gen set to use it. As we rarely are hooked to the grid, we opted to not install it for the time being, and have been okay without it even in hot climates, though there are a couple days we sure would have used it if we had it, but the Maxx Fan and an open window over our head sufficed quite well.
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Old 09-22-2013, 11:20 AM   #6
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We opted for an extra Maxx fan over the dinette instead of air conditioning. Works a treat ..... and you can have the windows and door open (why else camp?) and carry on a conversation and be heard! :-)
The hottest we've been in so far is about 30 degrees in the BC interior and it did the job.
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Old 09-22-2013, 11:59 AM   #7
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If you stay in BC for the most part air conditioning likely isn't going to be required. If you plan on traveling south (and not that far south), at times air conditioning is an essential and well worth the extra expense.

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Old 09-22-2013, 12:03 PM   #8
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I have both the Maxx fan & the AC in my 17B. I've fount the Maxx fan provides great air movement that makes the trailer comfortable most of the time. I do admit I have felt the need to move from dry campsites to campgrounds with electric hookups on a couple of occasions where the temperatures exceeded 100°F for more than a couple of days...
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Old 09-22-2013, 12:52 PM   #9
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Hi All,
My wife likes the dessert and I'm planning on doing some dry camping at some sites there, and along 395 on the east side of the sierras. Air will be really nice to have there. I have the Honda 2000i generator, and was wondering if any have experiences with this gen and one of the air conditioners offered by escape. I think the polar cub will run fine, but I'm not sure how this unit looks on the trailer. Anyone have any pictures of that air conditioner one of the escape trailers?
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Old 09-22-2013, 01:13 PM   #10
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The loudest complaints I heard about running my Honda 1000 generator came from my wife. I was running it for an hour a day to charge the battery ( don't have AC ).
I don't want to imagine the noise level if I were to run a generator all day or night, along with AC, and my wife's loud objections.
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