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carringb

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Posted: 02/04/20 08:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Weather you *need* it depends on a lot on the trailer's construction.

My TT is 38' overall with 4 slides. It's never had trouble cooling down quickly, with a single 15K BTU Coleman, even when I forgot to turn it on before leaving. My former 41' weekend warrior (with a single small slide) performed almost as well.

The trailer before that was a 29' Jayco, no slides, with a 13.5k BTU unit. It could barely keep up, and if you didn't keep it on, it would never cool things down.

That said... I do wish my trailer had 50-amp service, so that I could run the Hot Tub without a 2nd cord.


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Posted: 02/05/20 12:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Somewhere around 30-35ft a 2nd really becomes necessary.


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as a spare ,good idea .as we know they only break when we need it.

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cougar28 wrote:

We haven’t had out new one out in really hot weather yet. It has two and one of the things I like is you can just run the bedroom a/c while sitting and visiting in the living area and not much noise from it at all. Both of our it tied into the duct work.


This ^^^
And a 2nd one as a backup.
After the first year we added a 2nd one and I think I paid around $1200 including the extra wall thermostat, so $1100 isn't out of line at all.
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OP:
As I said earlier get the 2nd AC unit.
Do you know what shore power? I reminded earlier that it will or should be fifty amp shore power.


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We have two on our 38' toyhauler. Don't use both often but it sure is nice when we need them both. Well worth the investment I would say.

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enblethen wrote:

OP:
As I said earlier get the 2nd AC unit.
Do you know what shore power? I reminded earlier that it will or should be fifty amp shore power.


It's already a 50amp trailer.

I believe i can run on 30amp service just not use both units. Does that sound correct?


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nfoe84 wrote:

enblethen wrote:

OP:
As I said earlier get the 2nd AC unit.
Do you know what shore power? I reminded earlier that it will or should be fifty amp shore power.


It's already a 50amp trailer.

I believe i can run on 30amp service just not use both units. Does that sound correct?


Yes, by using a 50 - 30 plug...


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Yes, you can run one AC IF you are not running 120 volt element in water heater if equipped.

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nfoe84 wrote:

We live in Nebraska and it can get hot and humid.

Looking at buying a Grand Design Transcend 29TBS 35' long.

$1100 is cost to have installed. Worth it?

Does anyone wish they had a 2nd ac?


We have a Forest River Cherokee 274vfk that is a 34' model with the kitchen in the v-nose. It has a single 15,000 btu AC unit with ducted air. We had it in Georgia last summer on days with temps in the upper 90s and high humidity. It ran some pretty long cycles but it kept us quite comfortable. In our case, we see no need for a second unit.

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