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Sandia Man

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Posted: 06/13/18 10:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We do it as well with our toy hauler TT when RVing in extremely hot scenarios, it would take too long otherwise for our rig to cool down where it is comfortable enough for my DW to take a nap. Usually run AC via Onan for last hour or so before arriving to our destination, turn off upon arrival and plug into shorepower, makes a huge difference in recovery time when driving our rig at interstate speeds through nearly triple digit temps.

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Posted: 06/13/18 10:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My 4KW gen is truck bed mounted.....power cord reaches front 50A receptacle on 5vr
Run gen and 5vr A/C many times.

It's nice to arrive and set up with 5vr already cool in hot weather

To me it's a 'no brainer'


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Posted: 06/13/18 10:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think this is a thing in motor homes, not sure why you would in a truck camper or trailer unless you had pets back there.


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Posted: 06/13/18 10:30am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Edited -- NDA

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Posted: 06/13/18 10:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a trip planning next month that will have us driving about 9-10hrs to destination so that one will burn a lot of fuel.

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Posted: 06/13/18 10:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think the survey your taking is one size fits all. With a little TC, I wouldn’t consider it. With a moho and passengers in back I could see it being common


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Posted: 06/13/18 11:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I figured since this is the Trump Camper forum it would be for Truck Campers.

So, to clarify, I'm looking to see whom with a Truck Camper does this.

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Posted: 06/13/18 11:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a relatively small TC. I use a boot between the truck's rear window and the camper pass thru window. Use the cab AC and an open roof vent in the rear of camper to keep it cool on the road. Works very well, same with heat. My camper has insulated tilt out windows I can't keep open on the road. If it's exceptionally hot, or cold, the fantastic fan can increase airflow through the camper. One tip is to not have the truck's AC/heat set to recirculate but draw outside air.

That said, since the goal is to test a new generator I see no reason why you couldn't use the genny to run the camper's AC while on the road. However, propane consumption would be an issue.


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Posted: 06/13/18 01:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

emcvay wrote:

I figured since this is the Trump Camper forum it would be for Truck Campers.

So, to clarify, I'm looking to see whom with a Truck Camper does this.


Well, TC's are most certainly the "RIGHT" camper to have...LOL

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Posted: 06/13/18 03:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When we travel in 90+ degree areas, our last stop before the destination will get the generator and AC running. When we arrive, the camper is comfortable regardless of the heat outside. In the winter, we run the heat so the camper is warm when we arrive. You don't have to run the AC or heat all day while traveling, but starting it 1-2 hours before arriving works great.


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