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Old 08-01-2015, 01:47 AM   #1
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No AC - deal breaker?

Looking at a trailer, which has no AC. Is that something you wish you had, or if you have it, do you use it often?

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Old 08-01-2015, 02:21 AM   #2
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have it turned it on three times in 2 years....

But I live at the North end of Vancouver Island on the west coast so warm sometimes hot not often....

You can add roof top to a vent, so factor that in and get it off the price?

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Old 08-01-2015, 03:42 AM   #3
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It depends on you and what your plans are. I pulled the roof air out of my unit because the only thing it did (although in excellent working condition) was hit me in the head. We try to stay in the 65*-85* temperature range and never used it. The hole is now a roof vent & access hatch now.
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Old 08-01-2015, 05:12 AM   #4
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Several factors would influence that decision:
=What's usual the summer ambient temp where you live?
=What type trailer - popup, no. Little eco box trailer, no. Regular trailer or 5er, yes
=Dark color, yes
Our 5er was in the high 80s when we arrived last weekend, about the same temp as outside. With that said, we 'cranked' the a/c up, cooled the trailer then shut it off, opening the windows and turned on the ceiling fan and it stayed reasonably cool. We don't have central air in our home, relying on a single bedroom unit for sleeping comfort
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Old 08-01-2015, 05:21 AM   #5
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I leave in the south and mainly camp in the south during the summer it's a must for me. I see a lot of pop ups,tents,some trailers that don't it will also depend on where you like to camp like in the mountains and woods with shade. I think it going to depends on what you are use to.
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Old 08-01-2015, 06:25 AM   #6
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Ac is pretty easy to add generally. If the asking price seems reasonable, I'd go for it with that in mind.
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Notice by your profile that your in B.C. If staying north all you'll probably need is at least two vents with hopefully exhaust fans to pull in outside air. Whether A/C is needed will depend on WHERE and WHEN you travel.
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Old 08-01-2015, 07:14 AM   #8
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Big deal breaker for me.
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Old 08-01-2015, 08:04 AM   #9
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I have AC in mine, and the only time I have ever turned it on was while loading it up in my driveway. I'm sure that someday I'll need it.

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Old 08-01-2015, 08:47 AM   #10
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Does your home have air and do you use it? For $1200_$1500 you can add A/C if needed, and most RV's are setup for it to be installed. Also if you camp in cool areas it's not needed but in warmer areas it's a must. If you sleep cool you will need it.

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Old 08-01-2015, 09:01 AM   #11
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A house is in a fixed location. When it gets hot, I turn on the AC.

My AC isn't nailed down. I go to Florida in the winter. It is warm, but I never had to turn on the AC. In the summer, I go to the mountains in Wyoming and Montana. I'm more likely to turn on the heat at night than the AC during the day.

For some people, AC in an RV is nice to have, but hardly required.

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Old 08-01-2015, 09:16 AM   #12
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Check to see if it is wired and braced for AC

If the wiring & bracing is there you can always add it later if necessary
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If the plan is to use it during summer months - not having AC (either as part of the unit at the time of purchase - or as an upgrade immediately after purchase) - would be a deal breaker for me. RVs have a habit of being baked in the sun ... turning them into little ovens. Our coach regularly sees temperatures rise 10+ degrees over the ambient outdoor temperature. When it's in the 80's outdoors - it's unbearable inside without AC - regardless of how many vents we open and/or fans we have running.

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