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Old 03-06-2012, 08:41 PM   #1
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Air conditioning

We are new owners. How do you turn on the air conditioning? Don't laugh...
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:00 PM   #2
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What year, make, model?

Engine driven "dashboard" A/C or the "House" A/C that cools the rear of the coach?
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:55 PM   #3
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What year, make, model?

Engine driven "dashboard" A/C or the "House" A/C that cools the rear of the coach?
2003 alpine 40 ft diesel. It's the house ac with "comfort control"
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:10 AM   #4
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At the comfort control thermostat turn the on off switch to on, it is on the bottom. You have 2 active zones . Zone 1 is the front and zone 2 is the rear. Push the zone button until the zone number you want is flashing. Use the mode button to select cool, use the the up down button to set the desired temp.
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Here is a link to the operating instructions. http://www.dometic.com/FileOrganizer...eration_EN.pdf
If you have the older 4 button unit you press FAN and MODE together to change zones.
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:12 AM   #6
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On my 2001 it sometimes takes around 5 min. before it comes on.
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There is a built in delay on one unit, usually 2 minutes, so that they do not come on together and overload the breaker with the surge current.
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Old 03-07-2012, 09:41 AM   #8
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GO ... You've not identified your power source and since you're a new owner ... neither AC units will operate with just the Inverter .... both units should work with 50 amp service ... both units should work with the generator ... not sure about 30 amp service but atleast 1 - unit at a time should work ... and as Algoma stated there is a time delay after the power source is properly established ... the generator takes a while to take over the load but once it takes over there is a 2 - minute or so delay.

I also have a 2003 model so PM me with any specific questions and I'll try to help.
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Old 03-07-2012, 04:30 PM   #9
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GeorgieO,
One last quirk. If zone one is on furnace mode, zone # two (bedroom area) will not come on. It's not necessary to ask how I learned this!
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One last quirk. If zone one is on furnace mode, zone # two (bedroom area) will not come on. It's not necessary to ask how I learned this!
Also, the furnace will work on the 12v system; the generator does not need to be on, but the propane does need to be on.

Enjoy the motorhome.

Oh, in case you had not noticed the sticky at the top of the forum, here is a lot of good info:

Alpine Tech Library, for Real
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GO:

Welcome to the Forum. I have a 2003 40' FDTS. You have all the info you'll need now, above, especially the manual. Feel free to PM me if you have any problems.

Also, please add your coach to our Alpine Register (Alpine Register). We are trying to verify the existence of every Alpine Coach, Apex and Avalanche ever produced. Thanks!
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