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Old 06-22-2015, 09:02 PM   #15
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Fix the A/C, Gettysburg can be very hot! I am a frequent visitor. A added feature of summer here on the east coast is rain, humidity and heat. Yep, all at the same time.

One other fine feature of running with the widows open, fine dust all over everything, road grit as I call it.

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Old 06-23-2015, 06:46 AM   #16
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You will get better fuel milage by running the generator and the house A/C than you do running the engine A/C.
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Old 06-23-2015, 06:58 AM   #17
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Ok, so here's a stupid question. We are planning on our first big trip. Michigan to Gettysburg then to Ephrata PA to visit family. Had the chassis serviced and I have a bad AC compressor for the dash air. I'm not a huge fan of AC, going to delay having it fixed till after the trip. Anyway, the question I have is, when running down the freeway with the windows open, do you also open the screens? I've noticed on short trips that with the windows open the screens seem to push in from the outside air pressure.

Anyone have any thoughts on this? I know if it gets too hot I can fire up the generator and run the roof air. I was honestly thinking the dash air with 4 little vents would probably not do a whole lot of cooling behind the driver/passenger seat. I want to get a good idea of gas mileage so want to run the generator at a minimum while driving.


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if its broke ..... fix it ....is the only answer here...
your compressor comes on as a dryer to pull moisture out of the cab
when in heat mode.....defrost...
having it lock up on the road is gonna be horrible..
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Thinking about this, you might want to get a second opinion if looking at the cost of replacing a compressor. I would...
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I agree you should have it fixed but if the bearing on the pulley is OK then you can unplug the compressor wires at the compressor and it won't matter if it is locked up. The magnetic clutch does not engage the compressor untill you turn it on and with it unpluged it won't. I am not saying it's the smartest thing to do but I being a mechanic ran like this for two seasons before I fix it.
PS: My problem was the clutch itself and only cost me $99 for the parts.
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I'm well aware of the PA heat and humidity. Spent the first half of my life in Ephrata. The compressor has a leak. They had pressurized it with nitrogen to test for leaks. I was gonna play the roof air by ear so to speak. We will be heading out in the evening driving east. Baking sun will not be a major factor. The return trip however will be straight west, dealing with the sun into the afternoon. Since this will be our first big trip in the coach I want to maintain a cash reserve for gas and incidentals.


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Every trip is a learning experience, this will be one of many, happy or not.

You and your family will make the best of the bad, and cherish the good.

Enjoy your trip and make notes as to how you plan and make the next one even better.

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I'm well aware of the PA heat and humidity. Spent the first half of my life in Ephrata. The compressor has a leak. They had pressurized it with nitrogen to test for leaks. I was gonna play the roof air by ear so to speak. We will be heading out in the evening driving east. Baking sun will not be a major factor. The return trip however will be straight west, dealing with the sun into the afternoon. Since this will be our first big trip in the coach I want to maintain a cash reserve for gas and incidentals.


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Very well then. Have a safe and happy trip! Fair winds & following seas....
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