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Old 08-13-2005, 05:52 PM   #1
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We currently own a 5th wheel, but will be upgrading to a Class A within the next year. One thing that has driven me CRAZY in this 5th wheel is the noisy air conditioner.

Is there such a thing as a quiet one? Very quiet? If so, could you give me some recommendations on what to look for when we are looking for our next RV?

I prefer leaving all the windows open myself, but the doggy and hubby like the a/c more! With all the heat we've had I've appreciated the coolness too, so I don't want to give up a/c completely - just the noise.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 08-13-2005, 05:52 PM   #2
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We currently own a 5th wheel, but will be upgrading to a Class A within the next year. One thing that has driven me CRAZY in this 5th wheel is the noisy air conditioner.

Is there such a thing as a quiet one? Very quiet? If so, could you give me some recommendations on what to look for when we are looking for our next RV?

I prefer leaving all the windows open myself, but the doggy and hubby like the a/c more! With all the heat we've had I've appreciated the coolness too, so I don't want to give up a/c completely - just the noise.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 08-13-2005, 06:26 PM   #3
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I've heard that the Winni basement a/c's are very quite. I've also heard that they work harder. I have two roof mounted ducted airs in my Kountry Star that are very quite.
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The ACs on my new DP are pretty loud. If its not too hot, I may shut down the bedroom AC and close the ducts in the living area so the front AC comes out in the bedroom.

I've heard of 'whisper' AC units, but don't know if anyone makes a unit with them or offers them as an option. Would probably be pretty pricey to switch to them. Large bulk packs of the foam earplugs would probably be a cheaper way to go
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Old 08-13-2005, 09:55 PM   #5
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When I'm sleeping in my nice cool and comfy bed I can't hear the Coleman Mach Air Conditioner in the basement of my Winnebago Motorhome.
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MOst of the time the noise level will be the quality of the coach and the design as to how the air cond. is installed. Example Newmar has many return air vents rather than one at the air cond unit on a lot of their units. This help to reduce the noise level. THere can be after market ceiling panels made and installed to help absorb the noise level and the ones on my dad's Magna has worked very well. Best suggestion would be to run the air and listen. If it is more than you can live with move on to another brand or model.
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I love the idea of a quiet basement AC but after 27+ years rving I like the idea of a second roof air even more. Steve
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Our 2003 Chieftain has the basement a/c and my wife loves it. This is our 4th moho and it is the best we have ever had. Quiet and most efficient.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by rvr2352:
I like the idea of a second roof air even more. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Steve, Did you know the basement air is actually 2 air conditioners in one enclosure. Each is on a seperate breaker.
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The basement air is very quiet. The only complaint that I have is the service and cost issue with them. Out of the 3 Winni's with basement air in our group that have had to have the a/c's worked on it has been more $$$ than the roof units. Also they must take them to a Coleman? dealer for service as most dealers (even Winni) send this type unit out for service as it is pretty involved. I have two roof units that are ducted very well and have very little noise from the a/c units. It's pretty much a give & take thing. I would look at how the roof units are ducted and how the return lines are ducted. As RV Wizard said a lot of the noise will be eliminated if the unit has good multiple ducted return lines.
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