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Old 09-24-2013, 05:52 PM   #31
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Maybe the solution to those steamy nights with the a/c blasting is to purchase a pair of earplugs, or even to go with earbuds/headphones with active noise reduction technology.
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:01 PM   #32
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You might read the posts at the Casita Travel Trailer Forum on the Mach 8. They are now using it on the 17's. While everyone's idea of "too noisy" is different, I'd sure want to hear one before I specified it as a replacement.

For those that do not want to join the Casita Forum (and you really should - it is useful no matter what fiberglass trailer you own or want) here is some of the discussion:

Many complaints about outside noise (even from neighbors), as well as increased inside noise compared to the older model. One user measured 73db 20' from the trailer. For comparison, my Dometic 11,000BTU AC produces a SPL of 60 db at 21'.

Here is the spec sheet for the Mach 8 9200BTU. Locked Rotor 58.4 amps
And the older Polar Cub Locked Rotor 45.6

and Here are the specs for the Dometic Penguin II Locked Rotor 53 amps. (I believe this is the model used by Escape)
The locked rotor current (useful for determining generator starting capability) of the new Mach 8 is over 10 amps higher than the older model, so before you make the substitution you might check to see if it will run on a Honda 2K generator. By the way, at 53 amps, the locked rotor current of the Dometic 11,000BTU AC is 5 amps less than the new Polar Cub Mach 8.

On edit - sorry kootenaigirl for duplicating your post (I was typing this one).
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:34 PM   #33
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That's okay, your post was much more comprehensive than mine!
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:45 PM   #34
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Seems like the Dometic is the default air conditioner at this point.
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:02 PM   #35
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I find it quieter then our Casita was. The Casita had a thump when it came that brought you out of the bed and the Escape is much smoother. The digital thermostat option ($150) is nice because as the temperature gets closer to the set point it automatically switches the unit to low speed fan. Then as the temperature reaches set point it cycles the compressor and fan off. It is also much more accurate and runs the furnace too. We have only spent 2 nights in it so far but ran it both nights and it does make noise (5-6) but no way we would be without it.

Escape will not do the digital option with the Coleman Polar Cub, only on the Dometic.

Our Casita was the Coleman Polar Cub and we were going to go with it until Tammy told me Dometic had made some changes in the unit and it was now a little quieter then before. I like it better then our Casita so far.

They say it is supposed to be able to run on a 2000W generator now also but I don't know about that. Have not tried it.

It looks better too.
Tom, what digital thermostat did Escape use in your trailer.
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:14 PM   #36
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I don't care for that much noise while camping. I love to lay there before sleep and listen to the night animals. A loon or a whippoorwill, maybe a hoot owl or a coyote. Heck... I believe an intruder could make off with my tow vehicle or anything I leave outside while sleeping with the ac running. Sadly the price I pay to sleep in comfort here in the southern US.
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:21 PM   #37
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I just assumed folks ran the A/C during the day or evening, and shut it off before they went to bed. Is this not the case?

I have never had it myself on any trailer, but have been in and around a bunch that do have it, and no way in the world could I sleep with it running.
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:01 PM   #38
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I just assumed folks ran the A/C during the day or evening, and shut it off before they went to bed. Is this not the case?

I have never had it myself on any trailer, but have been in and around a bunch that do have it, and no way in the world could I sleep with it running.
We would run ours all night when the low was over 90F and the high during the day was 120+. Don't even get me going about the fridge temp.. The unit needed to stay on continuously when it was that hot...not that it was a great idea to go camping then... I wish my single air conditioner and the MaxiFan were reversed in location so the air conditioner was further away from the bed at night...and therefore quieter.
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:03 PM   #39
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Does anyone have the separate thermostatic control on their Dometic AC and how do you like it? Was it installed at the factory?
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I wish my single air conditioner and the MaxiFan were reversed in location so the air conditioner was further away from the bed at night...and therefore quieter
You will have to get the new 21' to have that
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