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Old 03-19-2005, 09:18 PM   #1
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Was looking at coaches today at a dealer. I have been looking at Alfa and Winnebego. Decided to check out Monaco too. Dealers can tend to feed you lines.. , The Monaco guys was that the basement units get the motorhomes all diry because they suck the air from the bottom of the coach. I argued filtering with him.

So, I would like to hear from the true source.. the owners. What do you think about this and what do you like or dislike about the basement units. The other comment was that the 27000 or so BTU is not effective in 100+ weather becasue the air comes out of the floor.. I thought AC still came out of the ceiling on Alfa

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Old 03-19-2005, 09:18 PM   #2
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Was looking at coaches today at a dealer. I have been looking at Alfa and Winnebego. Decided to check out Monaco too. Dealers can tend to feed you lines.. , The Monaco guys was that the basement units get the motorhomes all diry because they suck the air from the bottom of the coach. I argued filtering with him.

So, I would like to hear from the true source.. the owners. What do you think about this and what do you like or dislike about the basement units. The other comment was that the 27000 or so BTU is not effective in 100+ weather becasue the air comes out of the floor.. I thought AC still came out of the ceiling on Alfa

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Old 03-20-2005, 07:55 AM   #3
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We have had both styles, actually three. Coachmen DP with roof A/C that did a good job. We bought a Jayco TT for the kids with roof air that is ducted and it too does a good job.
Our MH has basement air and it is by far the least noisy in the living area and does a great job on 30 or 50 amp services. There is no roof penetration on the basement a/c and this removes any chance for a leak around the unit.
As far as picking up dust etc. we have not found that to be a problem, and certainly not blowing outside dust inside the coach. The cooling system is a closed system and re-circulates air as it cools it.
Unless I misread your post, it sounds like salesman needed a little a/c himself as he may be full of hot air.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">As far as picking up dust etc. we have not found that to be a problem, and .... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>That's a very good point. I use Micro Alergen Filters in my RVP A/C and I know that those filters are far superior to the 1/4 foam filters that are typically installed in roof mounted air conditioners. If you're going to be worried about dusty air - fuggetaboutit!
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I have been very happy with my basement air and I think the filtering system is better than the roof ones.
The only thing that took some getting used to the noise in the bedroom. It is a little more noticeable than roof airs but once you get used ot, it isnt a problem.
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DriVers's comment on forget the dust is right on, we have found the campground environment to be the biggest factor in interior dust and dirt. I feel the basement unit is superior in firtration due to the filter elements used.

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hi if you look on this forum you will see that we ahve the same question --we have a 2001 adventurer with basement air and we love it. It is more nouse in the br but very little in the living room We are looking at a new Monaco Knight with roof air. We went to Lazydays today and sat in the coach with the air on- there is more noise with the roof but not overpowering. Wife really likes the Monaco and feels the air issue is a non issue BUT I still like the basement air. Monaco salesman did point out one issue--if one roof unit goes out you still have one to give you some relief-especially important if you have animals that you leave in unit while you are out. good luck with your choice. ps I do like the winnebago product.
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We have had both, I would never go back to roof air. We just traded this year from a 2000 that had basement air. Went to all the shows. Found floor plans that I liked better but went with the basement air/heat pump.The coach stays cleaner with the residential filters . The heat pump is noisy but I usually turn it off at night and use the furnace or a heater.
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I would like to thank all of you for your replies. I was pretty sure this guy was crazy and I informed him that I was going to ask all the member forums. I hope he calls to tell me he found a used coach for me so I can tell him he was wrong. Anyway thanks everyone.
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....there are two systems that need clean air-one is the recycled air in the coach evaperator and the other is the condensor cooling air....both need to be clean or your system suffers of poor operational efficienty....most people forget about the two systems.....geof kaye
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....another issue is that the two systems are not connected in any way therefore there should not be any dust or dirt in the coach unless there is an adjustable outside air intake-look carefully in your owners manual.....geof kaye-
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Had both, like the basement with heat pump MUCH better. No water running off roof, much better cooling, lower roof clearance.
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Interesting responses. I had basement air in my Winnebago Adventurer and did not like it because of the noise. The unit was under the bed and was too loud for my comfort. And the worst was the heat pump low tone noise.
The air and heat pump worked fine.
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Lower Center of Gravity, with basement air, (less weight up high on the roof)

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