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Old 01-20-2018, 08:33 AM   #1
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Basement vs roof air con

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In researching class A's I see a lot of coaches with basement air. I recall reading somewhere these can have issues.

Can anyone elbaborate.

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'a lot'? most don't have basement air, though Winnebago installed them for several years in some models, but the roof AC units have been the traditional system for most everyone else - takes up no space in your storage bays, are much smaller, and are much less expensive.
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Old 01-20-2018, 08:38 AM   #3
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'a lot'? most don't have basement air, though Winnebago installed them for several years in some models, but the roof AC units have been the traditional system for most everyone else - takes up no space in your storage bays, are much smaller, and are much less expensive.
It was all on Winnebago's I saw them.

Would it be best to avoid these?
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I would. Enough reasons given already. That's not counting the added cost to replace!
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Ours has the basement heat. It's just like any heat pump/AC that is used in homes. A couple years ago I had it serviced. One compressor wasn't working.

What they did was drop it out of the coach and work on it just like a regular unit. A high pressure pipe was cracked, It was repaired, recharged, and put back in the coach.

It works fine as far as we're concerned.
I do like the ducted heat and air better than having it blow down from the ceiling as our last coach did.
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I would. Enough reasons given already. That's not counting the added cost to replace!
Cool,

I will make sure to avoid them.
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We had a 2003 WBGO Adventurer for 12 yrs w no AC or heat pump issues.
There are +\- quieter in living area but noisier in bedroom when sleeping.
No drips & streaks down coach.
Fewer roof penetrations and more efficient? Not sitting on roof in direct sun.
I wouldn't rule one out if its the right MH but thats just me.
I haven't haven't heard of a rash of issues hete on iRV2 but worth some searching.
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Basement AC/Heat in our rig works great. We loose a bit of storage, but will never have a leak in the roof! Really like the heat it produces without using any propane.
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Ours works great as well, been using the heat pumps at night the last few days. In South FL right now so will be using the A/C in a week or 2. Do a little more research and you'll find how many people have had problems and replaced their roof air units. I looked for a MH with basement A/C and found this one. Glad I did, I like this MH and really like the basement air. The loss of 1 basement compartment isn't a big deal to me.
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There is a coach I am interested in with a basement True Air system.
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A/C should always be as high as possible since cold air settles. HEAT should be as low as possible since hot air rises.
Space heaters should be on the floor away from flammables. Cost 10 to 30 to replace. Give continuous heat. A/C and heat pumps can be 1000. And cycle on and off, and are noisy.
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Personal preference...
Sis and them have a Winny with the basement air and love it...
the one issue they had they called a HOUSE AC guy, not an rv AC guy,
and he was able to help since it's basically a residential unit...
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Thats good to know its a residential unit, I could have my a/c work on it.
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ALL air concitioner systems can have problems. especially if not properly cleaned and in some cases lubricated.

But think about this. Hot air rises
So the air at the CEILING is the hottest in the RV.. Thats where you want your chiller. The furnace goes in the basement.
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