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pnichols

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Posted: 06/23/20 11:49am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Whether we use our A/C or not depends upon these factors:

1. Are we going to camp in the U.S. Deep South during March through Novermber?
2. Are we going to camp in the Western U.S. low deserts during April through October?
3. Are we going to camp in the Western U.S. high deserts during May through September?

We want an RV that is ready for U.S. hookup or no-hookup camping anywhere, anytime, and at any altitude. Our A/C and generator systems are priceless so as to be able to have this kind of flexibility ... as we as much as possible don't like to have to plan our U.S. RV camping locations and trips around our equipment (other than not having an all-wheel drive RV).

In other countries it might be required to have a full-on expedition type RV for this kind of flexibility ... but for the lower-48 U.S. we only require a small motorhome on an E450 chassis, with higher than stock ground clearance, and riding on M&S LRE tires.


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We use it regularly, especially since our dogs hang out in the camper during the day when we go out. Just returned from South Dakota... one day it got up to 90 degrees. A few days later, 50 and rain all day.


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If I couldn't use my AC, I would sell the motorhome. We live in Florida and use our motorhome mostly in the summer. Most of the RV sites here in Florida are booked during the cooler months due to all the snow birds. During the summer, places become available again and we use the motorhome a lot. Mid 90's and high humidity would be a killer without running both our AC units.


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Posted: 06/23/20 01:57pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

corvettekent wrote:

In the last ten years that we have owned our 5th wheel we have never used the AC.

I wonder why . . .

Marysville, WA (where you live) weather data from 2019:

June: 62 degrees avg temp, 63% avg humidity
July: 65 degrees avg temp, 66% avg humidity
August: 68 degrees avg temp, 51% avg humidity

As compared with, Lake Havasu City, AZ (where I often stay):

June: 92 degrees avg temp, <25% avg humidity
July: 98 degrees avg temp, <25% avg humidity
August: 98 degrees avg temp, <25% avg humidity

And, yes, I use the AC quite a lot in the Southwest.

How about another question along the same vein like . . . who uses their furnace in winter?

I'll bet the results from Green Bay, WI will be different from Yuma, AZ.

Location, location, location


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TechWriter wrote:

corvettekent wrote:

In the last ten years that we have owned our 5th wheel we have never used the AC.

I wonder why . . .

Marysville, WA (where you live) weather data from 2019:

June: 62 degrees avg temp, 63% avg humidity
July: 65 degrees avg temp, 66% avg humidity
August: 68 degrees avg temp, 51% avg humidity

As compared with, Lake Havasu City, AZ (where I often stay):



June: 92 degrees avg temp, <25% avg humidity
July: 98 degrees avg temp, <25% avg humidity
August: 98 degrees avg temp, <25% avg humidity

And, yes, I use the AC quite a lot in the Southwest.

How about another question along the same vein like . . . who uses their furnace in winter?

I'll bet the results from Green Bay, WI will be different from Yuma, AZ.

Location, location, location


Hard to dispute logic.

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Posted: 06/23/20 02:53pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Couldn't pass up a comment after seeing subject line.

As Gabby would've said, darned tootin' we use ours - both of them. Mostly camp SW OK & N TX, summer temps in 100s, we're so soft we couldn't do it without. Nighttime generally cool enough without the sun beating down we can run the front AC low.

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opnspaces wrote:

I bought my trailer new in 2005. I think in the last 15 years I've probably turned my AC on a total of 5 times. And three of those times was just curiosity to see it it still turned on.

Is there anybody else on here that never uses their AC?


Are you saying you only use your trailer in temperate weather?
Your tough as nails and like perspiring profusely? Or
You simply forget to turn it on when it gets hot out?

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Btw, funny story, most of our camping is cool enough to not warrant firing up the AC.
But the first day we were going to want AC when we stopped for the night, Few years ago, I managed to smash it on a low clearance entrance! Just entering into 2 weeks in the Midwest in July....dammmit!
So, yes, we never use AC, because it is now a $24.99 vent hatch!

If you’re up this way I could use a cheap low hour ac unit. I’ll buy it from you. I’ll even re install a vent cover in its place for you!

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Even if I didn't need it for the temps and outdoor humidity, I'd need it to cut the inside humidity enough for me to sleep.
So far I've always camped with full hookups for those reasons.


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TechWriter wrote:

corvettekent wrote:

In the last ten years that we have owned our 5th wheel we have never used the AC.

I wonder why . . .

Marysville, WA (where you live) weather data from 2019:

June: 62 degrees avg temp, 63% avg humidity
July: 65 degrees avg temp, 66% avg humidity
August: 68 degrees avg temp, 51% avg humidity

As compared with, Lake Havasu City, AZ (where I often stay):

June: 92 degrees avg temp, <25% avg humidity
July: 98 degrees avg temp, <25% avg humidity
August: 98 degrees avg temp, <25% avg humidity

And, yes, I use the AC quite a lot in the Southwest.

How about another question along the same vein like . . . who uses their furnace in winter?

I'll bet the results from Green Bay, WI will be different from Yuma, AZ.

Location, location, location


We are snow birds and spend the winter in AZ. There have been a few times that the temp was in the 90's but we boondock all winter so no power to run the AC. We just sit outside in the shade.


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