Portable Air Conditioners
We are in the process of spec'ing our new Escape 19' trailer which will be built starting in December. We have to make a decision about air conditioning. We live in Kansas, and travel to California to see our family. The route takes us through Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, etc . . . places where you need a/c if traveling in the summer months. We use the trailer (just sold our 21 year old Casita) to travel, but don't "camp" for extended periods in any one place.
Escape can install a Dometic 11,000 btu rooftop unit or an upgraded Coleman 13,500 btu unit. The Dometic is extremely loud. The Coleman is supposedly quieter, but I suspect it's really too large for the small 19 Escape and the unit would short cycle - and it's another $300.
With our old Casita, we would cool the trailer down in the afternoon after traveling, then typically, turn it off at night once outdoor temps started to drop. The MaxAir fan and small interior fans were sufficient to circulate the air to be reasonably comfortable.
So . . . after that lengthy intro . . . has anyone used a portable, free standing, plug-in air conditioner? I suspect they are relatively inefficient, but perhaps one of those would cool the trailer enough in the afternoons. Does anyone have experience with these types of units?
Advice and/or input welcome.
Thanks in advance.