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Old 07-27-2012, 04:28 PM   #1
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A/C on during non-use??

When your coach is idle, at your home or storage area, for a few days or 3 weeks, do you keep the A/C on to keep the rig cool, like at 76 degrees?
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:35 PM   #2
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I keep mine at 84 degrees and drop it to 74 degrees 24 hours before departure.
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I keep mine set at about 84 or 85 just to keep the humidity down and move the air a bit. On the same token, I don't winterize because I camp in the winter when there's no ice or snow on the ground.... I set the furnace at 45 and all is well. It cost me $45 in LP for the entire winter, and that included using it a few times.
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:57 PM   #4
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no no need to keep ac on temp wont hurt anything delers do not keep units cool in arizona.
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We keep our A/C on set to 80 degrees all the time when we are not using it.
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My question is why burn the expensive electricity to keep it "cool". It also shortens the life of the A/C unit as it is designed with a finite number of hour of operation.

Put on a Maxxair vent and leave it open.

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My question is why burn the expensive electricity to keep it "cool".
A few reasons. I use mine about 110 nights a year, so our cubbards have food in them. The Dometic fridge seems to work better. The flooring I had installed in the bedroon (Armstrong Luxe Plank Flooring) sugggests no hotter than 85. The humidity in Alabama. Plus I like go out to tinker on it, I don't want it to be 110+ as we have been having triple digit heat.
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My question is why burn the expensive electricity to keep it "cool". It also shortens the life of the A/C unit as it is designed with a finite number of hour of operation.

Put on a Maxxair vent and leave it open.

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For me, it's not a matter of keeping it cool.... its a matter of humidity. Everything that I leave inside the coach doesn't need to be stored for weeks on end in 80 and 90 percent humidity here in Tennessee. Nor does the woodwork and cabinetry inside need to be subjected to it. Its a matter of personal preference, but the "expensive" electric you speak of costs me about $7 a month... that's alot less expensive than repairing damage caused by heat and humidity, re-laundering everything. Humidity causes damage. As far as the MaxxAir covers... I've got 2 on my coach..I don't like finding bugs and ants in the screens of the vents or inside the coach, so they aren't open while the coach is unattended. And, with regular exercise and service ( aka use it or lose it ) the A/C's will last up to 20 yrs or more... much longer than most will ever keep an RV .
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For me, it's not a matter of keeping it cool.... its a matter of humidity. Everything that I leave inside the coach doesn't need to be stored for weeks on end in 80 and 90 percent humidity here in Tennessee. Nor does the woodwork and cabinetry inside need to be subjected to it. Its a matter of personal preference, but the "expensive" electric you speak of costs me about $7 a month... that's alot less expensive than repairing damage caused by heat and humidity, re-laundering everything. Humidity causes damage. As far as the MaxxAir covers... I've got 2 on my coach..I don't like finding bugs and ants in the screens of the vents or inside the coach, so they aren't open while the coach is unattended. And, with regular exercise and service ( aka use it or lose it ) the A/C's will last up to 20 yrs or more... much longer than most will ever keep an RV .
Agree completely -- when we leave our house in Florida in the spring, we set the air at 80. We treat our motorhome the same way.
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We are near Houston and I keep a dehumidifier in the coach. It sets in the shower (door open) and drains to the gray tank. The tank is open to the hose that runs back intot he woods. Cost a lot less to run the dehumidifier than an A/C.

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We don't leave the a/c running, but I do have a dehumidifier running all the time in the motorhome. Coastal Georgia is very humid!
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Inland SoCal - summer days hit mid-high 90's. Leave the coach AC set to 80 degrees in the coach.

Similarly we have a intermittant use garage converted to hobby room with a PTAC HVAC unit (like the units commonly seen in hotel rooms, through wall under the window) - it is designed to automatically come on at 80 and 40 degrees.
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No. And mine will hit 110 on the inside on our extremely hot days. I keep the windows and vents open all the time.
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We don't, cause I don't want to pay the electric bill. I don't leave the fridge on either, unless we have a specific need for it. My coach will easily add $30/month to the household electric bill with the fridge on and I shudder to think what the a/c's would add, even in Florida spring and fall (we are pretty much gone during the sumer).
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