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Old 07-17-2013, 04:01 PM   #1
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Which is better?

Which would be better to use while towing an enclosed 8.5' x 20' trailer, the cab AC, or firing up the generator and using the roof AC units? I have a Damon class A with a V10. Depending on the temp outside, the cab AC does a decent job of keeping us cool while up front. However when it starts getting hot outside, and the heat generated from the engine compartment starts making its way into the interior, the cab AC isn't cutting it as well. Just wondering what everyone's opinion is on wear and tear, ect on the motor, vs using the generator to run the roof AC units.
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I only ran the dash AC unless it couldn't get the the job done. Then I would start the generator and run the roof AC in addition to the dash AC.

I wasn't worried about cost or wear and tear, only staying cool.
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Use the cab AC, however when it starts to get hot inside fire up the genny and turn on the roof units. That's the reason we have all these things....use 'em. I run my genny all the time in summer on the road.
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:10 PM   #4
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I run the generator just about any time I need a/c. I like the whole MH to be cool when we arrive. Plus it's runs the fridge as well. We travel early and usually arrive in the heat of the day. Cost is about equal and wear and tear doesn't come into my decision.
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I run the generator just about any time I need a/c. I like the whole MH to be cool when we arrive. Plus it's runs the fridge as well. We travel early and usually arrive in the heat of the day. Cost is about equal and wear and tear doesn't come into my decision.
I agree with Cliff, and do the same. It makes the arrival less stressful if your already cool inside rather than waiting for the cool down after getting there.
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All great points!! One question, there seems to be a lot of heat being dissipated up through the engine cover, which is adding heat into the driving area. Is there anything I can do underneath this cover to help keep the heat from radiating through the cover? Any material, ect that wouldn't catch on fire?
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I run the generator just about any time I need a/c. I like the whole MH to be cool when we arrive. Plus it's runs the fridge as well. We travel early and usually arrive in the heat of the day. Cost is about equal and wear and tear doesn't come into my decision.
+1 Plus the cat must be cool.
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All great points!! One question, there seems to be a lot of heat being dissipated up through the engine cover, which is adding heat into the driving area. Is there anything I can do underneath this cover to help keep the heat from radiating through the cover? Any material, ect that wouldn't catch on fire?
Yes there is, don't know their source, but Dodge used to sell an insulation package for the old (90's) Dodge CTD's to reduce both heat and noise emitted from the engine to outside the engine compartment. Nowadays (past 10 years) it's standard equipment.
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