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Old 09-23-2013, 09:49 AM   #1
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Noise from air conditioner.

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?

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Old 09-23-2013, 09:55 AM   #2
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I would say its a 5 or 6 - I don't know if I would keep it on all night, but it certainly helps to cool it off before you go to bed. I also have a pet that comes with us, and it's added piece of mind. The fan works fairly well, but it isn't, in my opinion, going to be all that's needed if you are in hot humid weather.

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Old 09-23-2013, 09:55 AM   #3
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I can only speak to the 2008 model - 11,000 btu I think? - but it's very noisy. It wasn't background noise like the Maxx fan, it was conversation deadening noise! But, as others pointed out on the other thread - it's a tradeoff. It depends on where you plan to camp and whether you're an A/C fan in the first place. AND, you don't have to use it unless you really need to!
I'd give it a 10 for noise factor, but I'm more sensitive to noise than heat! You could always get the trailer A/C ready and add it later, I'm guessing?
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:23 AM   #4
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We have a 2012 17b, and the A/C is definitely loud. I don't know that it drowns out conversation for us, but it is really noticeable. We rarely use the A/C, only when it is hot and humid. But, when we do use it, I am so happy we have it. When the night comes it is a bit of a conundrum. It is too hot to sleep without the A/C, and too noisy to sleep with the A/C. I have thought of getting one of the 12 volt window fans like this but so far haven't pulled the trigger.
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:28 AM   #5
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Air conditioning is a necessity for us -- we didn't use it all that much in the airstream, but when we needed it we needed it -- mostly for cooling down the trailer before sleeping in it. It would be interesting to know if anyone has ordered their trailer air conditioner ready and then installed a smaller one on their own.
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:30 AM   #6
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It all depends ...

I spent the whole month of June, 2011 in a 17' Casita in Phoenix, AZ - the A/C was needed. It is noisy - I slept with ear plugs. I would not have been able to sleep without the A/C - just too hot.

We prefer to stay in quieter (non-hookup) campgrounds, but if we are leaving Phoenix in the summer we usually need to spend at least one night along the way somewhere hot - with hookups.
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Old 09-23-2013, 10:33 AM   #7
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It's definitely not just background noise. 7 on the noisy scale. Still, we do leave the AC on all night when needed. Would not give up the AC.
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Old 09-23-2013, 11:32 AM   #8
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My 19' is still on order, but I've ordered the Polar Cub unit per comments on this Forum. The feedback is that this unit is much quieter than the Dometic. A little less BTU so the unit will run longer but won't freeze you out when running for short periods.
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Old 09-23-2013, 11:48 AM   #9
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Yes, the smaller unit is a lot quieter both inside and outside,I had it on my 19', is it worth the up charge? You can use a generator with the smaller one, that is known. But I only used the a/c twice last year, so I decided on the bigger one in the 21'.
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Old 09-23-2013, 12:02 PM   #10
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What about purchasing the polar cub after market and having someone else install it? Would there be significant savings? I'd rather be hot at night than listen to air conditioner noise, but Terry doesn't feel that way, and I have to admit that when a trailer gets hot -- it is hot! It's not like a house getting hot.

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