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Old 05-14-2020, 05:57 PM   #1
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Cooling my coach while traveling

New to the RV motor coach scene. I have an Allegro RED 33AA coach and only traveled in it a few times, but when I did it was pretty warm in th coach with just the dash A/C on.

Is it correct to run your generator and use the roof A/C units while traveling to assist the dash A/C?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 05-14-2020, 05:59 PM   #2
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I have run my generator for 10 to 14 hrs a day while traveling.. Using the roof top AC uniits. Just check the oil once a day.. My generator has 1100 hrs on it now and never had to add oil between changes. Your generator will thank you for it.. They like to be run and it keeps them healthy.
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Old 05-14-2020, 06:04 PM   #3
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There no way the dash ac can keep the coach cool. Run the generator and the rooftop acís all day long.
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Old 05-14-2020, 06:08 PM   #4
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Well we can stay cool in the front seats with the dash air in almost all cases when driving unless we are heading straight into the sun.

I typically fire up the Generator and roof airs about an hour before we reach our destination and run one or both of the roof airs based on the ambient temperature which gets us to a comfortable temp by the time we pull into our destination.
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We picked up our Tiffin RED in mid June in Alabama. We learned early to run the generator and the AC. The little defroster fans by the window can be rotated to blow toward the driver and passenger, and that helps too.
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We travel w/crated dogs midship. As soon as the dash A/C is not keeping up, we fire the genny to run front & middle roof units.
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We generally like to travel early in the day, so the dash air will keep up but down here in Fl. where it gets to 95* by noon we often have to use Genny and roof air.
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Old 05-14-2020, 06:52 PM   #8
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We do something different. We install a curtain on a rod between the two slides when they are closed right behind the front seats. This way the dash air only has to cool the driver's compartment and not the whole coach. If we stop for lunch we start the generator and run the roof airs.
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Great way to exercise the gen under load.
If travel is from RV park to park and infrequent boondock most folks don't get a chance to run the gen often enough.
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I many times run the generator and rooftops without dash air. I believe the dash air and generator use close to the same fuel and the rooftops do a good job keeping the whole RV cool. If really hot I run both.
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I like IIIkrob's idea. that's a great idea. We run the generator with A/C #1 & 2, and 3 for the first hour into the trip, then we shut down the bedroom #3. When I get closer to my destination we turn on # 3 back on to bring the entire RV to comfort zone. After we get settled in we cut back to one A/C alternating between # 1-2.
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I've traveled to a boondock destination on several occasions and fired up the generator when I leave the house and may never turn it off for four or five days so I can run the ac. Never a problem.
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I travel with the genny running and the roof air on. It keep everything comfy.
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Ditto. I used pvc pipe with a shower curtain located behind the drivers/passenger seats driving cross country to Florida last year (late Aug/early Sept) and used only the dash air. When stopping at night I would fire up the generator to cool down the bedroom only if boondocking but stayed every other night at a park and used their electricity.

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We do something different. We install a curtain on a rod between the two slides when they are closed right behind the front seats. This way the dash air only has to cool the driver's compartment and not the whole coach. If we stop for lunch we start the generator and run the roof airs.
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