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Old 06-21-2013, 08:40 PM   #1
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Buying A/C

There has been some discussion about buying the A/C option. Tomorrow we head out to Northern and Central California for 4 weeks. Oroville, CA is expected to hit 100 this coming week and Paso Robles will be around 103 all week the 4th of July. Last year in our previous trailer, we spent 3 days near Sequoia NP in 102 degrees. Glad we ordered the A/C and the extra insulation.
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Old 06-22-2013, 10:02 AM   #2
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Air Conditioning pays for itself within 90 minutes of turning it on for the first time IMHO. (And in a more practical sense, helps the resale opportunities.)
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Old 06-22-2013, 10:50 AM   #3
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From the "New Screen Door" thread gbaglo said:

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Not to mention that somebody has to stay with the dog since you can't leave it in the camper or in the tow vehicle ( because of the heat )
We bought the AC because we knew that at times we'd have no option but to leave our little dog in the trailer alone. Most of the time we found the Maxx Fan adequate but, especially at Death Valley last fall, it sure was comforting to know we were safe leaving her in the Cottage with the AC on.

Of course no air conditioning unit will be adequate for this reason if your dog is a barker!
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Old 06-22-2013, 11:56 AM   #4
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Not sure I would feel comfortable trusting A/C while leaving my dog behind. What if there was a power outage, or failure? I guess if you could leave a key with someone who would be near your trailer while you were gone it would be reassuring. Either that, or find a sitter for it.
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Old 06-22-2013, 12:21 PM   #5
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I know - it's always a problem. Without power we found that she/we managed quite well in the shade with just the Maxx Fan. We never went far or for very long, and our pup is very small and well behaved, but we were really glad for the AC the few times we needed it. Your ideas of a sitter or key holder are great options.

Is there a thread here for sharing ideas specific to Escaping with dogs?
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Is there a thread here for sharing ideas specific to Escaping with dogs?
I don't think so on this site, but it would be a great idea for sharing ideas.
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Old 06-22-2013, 04:12 PM   #7
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There has been some discussion about buying the A/C option. Tomorrow we head out to Northern and Central California for 4 weeks. Oroville, CA is expected to hit 100 this coming week and Paso Robles will be around 103 all week the 4th of July. Last year in our previous trailer, we spent 3 days near Sequoia NP in 102 degrees (102 C = 216 F) (102 C (102 C = 216 F) = 216 F (216 F = 102 C)). Glad we ordered the A/C and the extra insulation.
Having trailored for many years over at the coastal areas of California, I too debated getting the air conditioner, thinking I would never go to hot areas. Our first trip was outside of Placerville, CA and it was 106! Needless to say, the extra expense was worthwhile. I rarely have had it on "high" because it chills the "Suite Escape" so efficiently, that I have to see that It doesn't get too cold. The only annoying thing is the condensate (H20) dripping down over my passenger side front window, and I'm going to figure out a way to get it to go around. Maybe one of those rain deflectors would be helpful.
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I look at certain options as "the cost of money." If you need and use the options, that's great and you feel like a hero for getting them. If you put them in your Escape and find you didn't use them, you'll probably get most of the cost back when it's time to sell.
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Having trailored for many years over at the coastal areas of California, I too debated getting the air conditioner, thinking I would never go to hot areas. Our first trip was outside of Placerville, CA and it was 106! Needless to say, the extra expense was worthwhile. I rarely have had it on "high" because it chills the "Suite Escape" so efficiently, that I have to see that It doesn't get too cold. The only annoying thing is the condensate (H20) dripping down over my passenger side front window, and I'm going to figure out a way to get it to go around. Maybe one of those rain deflectors would be helpful.
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:38 PM   #10
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What are the pros and cons of each of the AC options, Dometic vs Coleman Polar Cub?

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