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Old 07-12-2015, 03:52 PM   #1
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Chassis AC

Not sure if everyone else has a problem keeping the driver & passenger cool while driving down the road in the heat of the day. We did. It seems that the chassis AC was working fine but because of the vast space behind us, the AC could not keep up! We ended up turning on the cage fans and the noise was awful!

Well, we finally came up with a solution to somewhat close off the back of the coach from the driver cab. We put a curtain across the opposing slides. It really works! We were able to stay cool and there were times we were able to actually turn the AC fan down a notch! So much nicer for conversation!

We have posted pictures in the photo section. The whole project only cost us $1.29 (plus tax) and almost no time to put up. To us, it seemed better than running down the road with the generator running.
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We run the house air off the genny, keeps us nice and cool and exercises the genny.
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Old 07-12-2015, 04:11 PM   #3
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Not sure if everyone else has a problem keeping the driver & passenger cool while driving down the road in the heat of the day. We did. It seems that the chassis AC was working fine but because of the vast space behind us, the AC could not keep up! We ended up turning on the cage fans and the noise was awful!

Well, we finally came up with a solution to somewhat close off the back of the coach from the driver cab. We put a curtain across the opposing slides. It really works! We were able to stay cool and there were times we were able to actually turn the AC fan down a notch! So much nicer for conversation!

We have posted pictures in the photo section. The whole project only cost us $1.29 (plus tax) and almost no time to put up. To us, it seemed better than running down the road with the generator running.
Sorry, but how do you access the photo section. Would love to see it.
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Why not just start the generator and run the house AC along with the dash AC? That's what it's there for. You can keep the whole coach cool that way. We do that all the time in the summer.


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I have not heard from anyone who thinks the dash AC is adequate on their DP - I guess because the compressor is back with the engine and the cool air has to make its way quite a distance.

I travel with three large dogs, so isolating the cockpit is not an option, and even if it were, I would prefer to run the generator and run the house AC. Running the generator costs me about $2 per hour and generators suffer much more from underuse than overuse.
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As others have said, the dash air isn't designed to cool an entire coach. Glad your solution worked for you. Just remember your generator needs exercised & under load. One of the best ways to do that is running your AC's while it's on.

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As others have said, the dash air isn't designed to cool an entire coach. Glad your solution worked for you. Just remember your generator needs exercised & under load. One of the best ways to do that is running your AC's while it's on.

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X2, and I'll add that when you arrive at your destination, the whole coach is already cooled off, and ready to relax in , as soon as you hook to shore power.
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X2, and I'll add that when you arrive at your destination, the whole coach is already cooled off, and ready to relax in , as soon as you hook to shore power.
X3. The only downside with the scheme is that:
  • The generator should cool down for several minutes with light/no load before shutting it off
  • The transfer switch shouldn't transfer while under heavy load (like running A/C.)
That means shutting off the A/C for a bit to let the genny cool, then plugging in and starting the A/C again. The issue is hearing DW complain about the A/C being off for even five minutes...

Ooops, did I say that out loud? I hope she doesn't read this...
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That means shutting off the A/C for a bit to let the genny cool, then plugging in and starting the A/C again. The issue is hearing DW complain about the A/C being off for even five minutes...

Ooops, did I say that out loud? I hope she doesn't read this...
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