Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 02-07-2013, 07:45 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 19
basement A/C?

Clueless newbie question. In searching for a DP I've run across more than one stating basement cooling. I understand the value of a heated basement but not cooled. Does this mean that the cooling is ducted thru the basement or that the basement is actually cooled? And, if it is just ducted thru (which makes more sense) what are the pros & cons of this? Cool air sinks while hot air rises at least that was what I was taught back when trans Atlantic/Pacific flights were made in a propped tail dragger.
__________________

__________________
Swing is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 02-07-2013, 07:51 PM   #2
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 17
It merely means it has the AC units in the basement rather than on the roof. It makes for much cleaner lines ... and less storage.
__________________

__________________
Jawja Sailor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2013, 08:01 PM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 16
Go over to the Winnebago forum and do a search for basement air.
Lots of discussion on the subject over there.
__________________
Lance, Dana, Bailee & Lexi
2003 Monaco Windsor 38PBDD, RR8S, 370 ISL
4cole_man2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2013, 08:02 PM   #4
Moderator Emeritus
 
smlranger's Avatar


 
Country Coach Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Glen Allen, VA
Posts: 7,262
Blog Entries: 1
Most of those units (many Winnebagos for example) use a residential-type heat pump that is placed under the living area of the coach usually in the rear. They provide cooling and heat. The heating capability of them is limited by the outside temp so once the heat pump is not able to provide sufficient heat, the LP furnace kicks on.

The 'basement' heat pump in my Winnebago cools the coach well and, when in the heat mode, will provide sufficent heating down to an outside temp of 34-36F.

Some folks have not been satisifed with the cooling ability of some of these units especially in larger coaches with dark exterior paint and when used in very hot weather. There have been a number of folks who decided to add one roof top AC unit to supplement the basement unit. Our heat pump/AC cools us fine in a 36' coach with light exterior color scheme.

The obvious advantage of the basement units is they unclutter the roof. A disadvantage is they take up otherwise usable storage space. Also, some folks complain of noise in the sleep area (since most of them are in the rear of the coach under the sleep area). We don't mind the drone of the unit when it is running.
__________________
'07 Country Coach Allure 470 Siskiyou Summit #31578, Cummins ISL 425; 2014 Ford F150 toad; Air Force One Toad Brake.
Glen Allen, VA; Smith Mountain Lake, VA.
smlranger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2013, 08:29 PM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 19
Thx, good info. Makes sense now. So far, the Winnies are a strong contender in our search, so good to know.
__________________
Swing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-08-2013, 02:28 AM   #6
Retired Fire Capt
 
phinneyj's Avatar


 
Winnebago Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Retired Fire Service RVer's
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Northern California
Posts: 394
Quote:
Originally Posted by Swing View Post
Thx, good info. Makes sense now. So far, the Winnies are a strong contender in our search, so good to know.
Winnebago is one that ranks high in the quality department from what I have learned so far. Good luck on the search. Our search ended Dec 28th when I drove the beast home. Had it a month and it is at the dealer for fixing the issues that sprang up. Nothing real big, and for a nine year old she seems to be in pretty good shape. I really feel more confidant with our purchase the more I learn and a lot of that is through this forum. Kind of my support group while the coach is in the shop.
__________________
Jeff/Diane, Retired Fire Capt. I.Y.A.O.Y.A.S.
2004 Winnebago Journey 39K on a Workhorse chassis w/ ISC 330, Allison 3000
2013 Honda Fit with Roadmaster Baseplate, BrakeMaster and All Terrain Falcon Tow Bar.
GS#819681685 FMCA#F437136 SKP#112720
phinneyj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2013, 04:57 AM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 35
Don't feel dumb for asking that question I was wondering the same thing when I heard the term basement A C Wondered why you would want to cool basement. lol Thats why us "Newbies" learn alot from these forums.
__________________
Gormie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2013, 12:25 PM   #8
Retired Fire Capt
 
phinneyj's Avatar


 
Winnebago Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Retired Fire Service RVer's
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Northern California
Posts: 394
The only dumb question is the one you don't ask. This forum helps me not to ask to many.
__________________
Jeff/Diane, Retired Fire Capt. I.Y.A.O.Y.A.S.
2004 Winnebago Journey 39K on a Workhorse chassis w/ ISC 330, Allison 3000
2013 Honda Fit with Roadmaster Baseplate, BrakeMaster and All Terrain Falcon Tow Bar.
GS#819681685 FMCA#F437136 SKP#112720
phinneyj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2013, 04:00 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Plano Tx
Posts: 164
It is a basement A/C residential unit. It gives the MH a lower center of gravity if that is a concern. It does take up storage space. In talking with people that have them, if they need serviced, you need a "forklift" to remove the unit from the basement. Some complain of lack of proper cooling and noisy at night. I don't believe Winnie does this anymore on their newer MH's.. Don't have one so can just pass on what I've been told!
__________________
Don & Bunny
05 Discovery
06 Saturn ION toad manual 5 spd
dls461 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2013, 04:13 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Monaco Owners Club
Holiday Rambler Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: michigan-tip of the mitt
Posts: 1,382
Our HR has basement AC. Located under the couch so no bedroom noise. The problem I have is if only 30 amp service is available only 1 compressor works and it has a hard time keeping the house cool. As a matter of fact if it gets hot in the house before the AC is turned on it can't ever get the temp down enough to be comfortable. To clarify some of the above. The AC has 2 compressors. to run both, 50 amps is required. If only 30 amps is available only 1 comp. will run (1/2 power).
Roof airs are similar except most are set up to run alternately so cooling is switchted from 1 to other to spread the workload and the distribution of cooled air.
__________________

__________________
HR 29 fks TT, 1 slide, Chevy Silverado
Next stop?
t55watson is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:42 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.