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Old 09-23-2013, 01:12 PM   #11
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I do not like to mix before and aftermarket changes on major components, which the a/c is. According to their website the new Dometics are supposedly quieter than the older ones. To me it is not worth the effort to save a couple of hundred on a $30k unit. I'm willing to go with the new one and see. Course I'm already hard of hearing........
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Old 09-23-2013, 02:52 PM   #12
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I expect to have the Escape for 15 years(or so). The up charge is about $275. So for about $18 per year I'll very happily be able to decide between turning it on or not without the distraction of how loud it is. I know there have been times in my tent where I would have done anything for a cold breeze! Just my 2cents worth.
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Old 09-23-2013, 04:51 PM   #14
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I expect to have the Escape for 15 years(or so). The up charge is about $275. So for about $18 per year I'll very happily be able to decide between turning it on or not without the distraction of how loud it is. I know there have been times in my tent where I would have done anything for a cold breeze! Just my 2cents worth.
Air conditioning is an $875 option. Still, if you want to average it over a bunch of years, it does soften the blow.

My reasons for not getting it yet, were that it would age without use, and I didn't want to have to haul it around everywhere if I didn't need it. As well, I got to use the monies for other things until it needs to be spent. As mentioned before, there would have been only a couple times in 5 seasons that we would have wanted to use it. I do see in another 4-5 years that when I retire, I may go to places that would need it. Heat alone is not too bad, but the humidity out east may be a bit much for me.
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Old 09-23-2013, 05:14 PM   #15
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Ordered a 17b with a roof mount air conditioner. The last post raised concerns about noise from the unit. Has anyone had experience pros or cons with this? We still have time to change our mind before the build and would like to weigh this one out. Is this something that just becomes background noise like the max fan? On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the worst, how noisy is it?
It is really noisy while in bed!...8-9
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You have 2 speeds, low and high, on low you can carry on a conversation on high it is harder, I always use low cool.
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Old 09-23-2013, 05:25 PM   #17
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Air Conditioning

If you live in Texas there is no question about air conditioning. It is standard on the Casita
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Air conditioning is an $875 option. Still, if you want to average it over a bunch of years, it does soften the blow.

My reasons for not getting it yet, were that it would age without use, and I didn't want to have to haul it around everywhere if I didn't need it. As well, I got to use the monies for other things until it needs to be spent. As mentioned before, there would have been only a couple times in 5 seasons that we would have wanted to use it. I do see in another 4-5 years that when I retire, I may go to places that would need it. Heat alone is not too bad, but the humidity out east may be a bit much for me.
I was comparing the cost difference between the standard & upgrade. I'm in the south and to have or not have air is not an option. If I need air, then I will locate a campground with electric. I just want to make sure that noise doesn't become an issue for my wife and I.
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It is really noisy while in bed!...8-9
I do think a big part of the noise is vibration transmittied to the trailer through the unit mounting and then the sound is amplified. I may possibly make some modifications this Winter to address it...
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I was comparing the cost difference between the standard & upgrade. I'm in the south and to have or not have air is not an option. If I need air, then I will locate a campground with electric. I just want to make sure that noise doesn't become an issue for my wife and I.
Ahh, gotcha. I am glad I don't live in a climate where I would melt.
But, I do plan on making it that way to visit some day, and then I would likely have a nice new A/C unit.
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