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Old 04-18-2016, 03:49 PM   #31
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Thanks, and the cost per hour is pennies because the vast majority of its use has been in the den window at home.

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Guess what Ron from your picture looks like the same one we purchased for bedroom window even though we have a whole house cooler . Have it on right now with everything closed up and it works like a champ . Pat
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Old 04-18-2016, 04:03 PM   #32
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If you're planning to re-sell in a couple of years, or are concerned that there is a significant chance of this due to changing circumstances, then it would make sense to me to buy the air conditioner for the next owner.

If it is going to be a decade down the road, I don't know how much value a decade-old appliance will add... and if it keeps the trailer from selling, you can toss in the cheapest one available on eBay for less money (and paid later) than the new option, and advertise it as including a "brand new air conditioner".

I would equip for my use, not for the next person who might own the trailer.
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Old 04-18-2016, 04:09 PM   #33
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Have it on right now with everything closed up and it works like a champ . Pat
Are you bragging about your weather. I mean it's warm and sunny and I was out hiking in the woods this morning in a T-shirt but using the a/c now? Maybe in a couple of months.

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Old 04-18-2016, 05:59 PM   #34
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Are you bragging about your weather. I mean it's warm and sunny and I was out hiking in the woods this morning in a T-shirt but using the a/c now? Maybe in a couple of months.

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Old 04-18-2016, 10:17 PM   #35
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One could go back to ETI, but it isn't necessary because there's nothing specific to Escape about the appliance or its installation (if you have the pre-wiring like Donna). It's a do-it-yourself job if desired, or any RV service shop can handle it.
Quite the contrary, there are many models of Escapes made that state they are air conditioner ready. And they do have the necessary wiring. The problem is many models have been produced over the years that do not have the roof to support air. Specifically, those 19' models before 2011 did not have the roof strength necessary to do an aftermarket a/c. Escape used a fiberglass shroud that fit over the roof to support the air. In this case this is not a do it your self project, perhaps something beyond your local RV shop.

In my experience in selling an Escape without air I found the available buyers were reduced by one half. People do want air, you may not but chances are the next owner will.
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Old 04-18-2016, 10:21 PM   #36
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Thanks everyone for your advice - very helpful !

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Old 04-18-2016, 10:59 PM   #37
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We never had it in our 19, and there were maybe 6-10 days in over 6 years we would have used it. We survived fine. Cracking a window over our heads when sleeping with the Maxx Fan drawing across our faces, kept us fairly cool.

That said, we are likely going to get it in our 5.0TA, as with it there are more plans into the future to the deeper south, though still would try to do them in the cooler months. i am one of those self described melters.

I believe all Escape trailers are built A/C ready, with a cable run to the vent hole for future powering of the unit. I know my '09 was done that way. I believe it was #12 wire.
Jim, and others in this debate! I did talk to ETI two days ago about whether to get AC or not, and was told that they do build them AC ready, so it can be added later if needed. I will most likely go the no AC route, since I plan to stay north for the summer and go south for the winter.
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Old 04-18-2016, 11:15 PM   #38
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If you are in Florida in the winter, you'll need AC.
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Old 04-18-2016, 11:19 PM   #39
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I had Ten Forward pre-wired for A/C and when the time comes, I can drive to ETI to have it put on.
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One could go back to ETI, but it isn't necessary because there's nothing specific to Escape about the appliance or its installation (if you have the pre-wiring like Donna).
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Quite the contrary, there are many models of Escapes made that state they are air conditioner ready. And they do have the necessary wiring. The problem is many models have been produced over the years that do not have the roof to support air. Specifically, those 19' models before 2011 did not have the roof strength necessary to do an aftermarket a/c. Escape used a fiberglass shroud that fit over the roof to support the air. In this case this is not a do it your self project, perhaps something beyond your local RV shop.
Good point about the structure, but for a current buyer who is making the air conditioner decision, this may not be relevant - are there any current Escape models that still require the extra structure? Donna, for instance, has a 5.0TA which I believe is truly ready for an air conditioner... with the standard structure and the wiring which she had the foresight to have factory-installed.

I don't know what about the shroud (required for models without the cored roof structure) would require any special expertise for installation... maybe bonding it in place?

I see that "air conditioner ready" (or anything like that) is currently not even listed as an option for any model. I only searched for a few minutes, but the only reference I could find in this forum to buying an Escape "A/C ready" and later installing the appliance was Myron's DIY installation in a 2013 Escape 19'... in which no structural work was required.

This is the only one I found explicitly saying whether structure is required in addition to wiring (referring to a 17' in 2011):
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I won't be getting air conditioning but thought I'd get it framed in ("air ready") so it could be added later if desired.
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Old 04-19-2016, 09:08 AM   #40
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Just my two cents worth, we have hardly used the AC in the two years we've had the trailer, even in TX and AZ but that was in the winter. Where it was really great was last year's Manitoba rally, very hot weather, most were small trailers in non-electrical sites. Our Escape was very popular with visitors during the trailer tour. It's strange they would come in and not want to leave

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