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Old 03-30-2015, 03:54 AM   #1
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Bedroom cooling

Hello, All

We live in SW Florida and our Monty did not come with a front A.C. well the cost of putting one in will be around 700 or so dollars. I have seen the usual Dometic or Coleman, but have any of you used or had a Gree or other brand in your unit or SOB. I found the Gree is made by Solarus and they make a lot of air handling equipment and I found there units for the RV around 350 dollars for a 15000 BTU. do any of you have any input on this subject. also I know that this is not a way to do this but in our park a few people have placed 5000 to 7500 BTU window shakers in the escape window and I see they work real well. Also any input on that subject.

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Old 03-30-2015, 04:07 AM   #2
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We have had Dometic and Colman ACs and prefer Dometic although both have worked well for us. Not familiar with Gree, but $350 for a 15K BTU seems a bit unrealistic.
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Old 03-30-2015, 04:19 AM   #3
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Sounds too low priced to be of any quality, but only someone who has bought one could answer that question. As for use of window air units...seen it, would use it if I didn't have a second air and that's all the money outlay I could afford. In the basement passthru with output up into the bedroom floor could be another slightly strange thought. John
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Old 03-30-2015, 04:33 AM   #4
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Eagleback, I think the above replies say it all. I spent 40 years in HVAC and Gasfitting and if I were faced with your decision without background in the business, go with a brand name. There are so many ways a manufacturer can cut corners, and to boldly speak the truth, very little that is built for an RV, regardless of the Brand Name Manufacturer, or price you pay for it will necessarily mean that you will get value/quality.
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Old 03-30-2015, 04:48 AM   #5
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Pull the crank up vent trim and see if you have electric there.

Next determine if your thermostat is wired for a ceiling sensor in the bedroom.

I also would advise against some off brand that is 1/2 price.

We had a sob that only had one air. We spent a summer (parked) in Texas and the one a/c would just not cool everything. Since we were parked, I removed the escape window glass in the bedroom and fab'ed up a frame and stuck a 5,500btu window unit in it. Think the a/c was about $100. That fixed the not enough air issue.

We put the window unit in the shop side of the shed and got the money back when we sold out.

Yea, kinda like the Klampetts, but it worked for us. This rig has 2 factory installed units, learned my lesson.

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Old 03-30-2015, 05:11 AM   #6
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Air conditioning in high humid enviroments is very difficult. High humidity means in essence higher BTU loads. Due to the compact nature of the AC units, the manufacturers design high temperature differences between the refrigerant gas and the ambient air, resulting in frost build up on the evaporators. If you build up frost, then you lower the AC efficiency to the point that it will do very little cooling because of low air flow, generally this frost in RV AC is dealt with by a "freezestat" mounted on the heat exchanger which senses "frost" and cycle the compressor off to thaw or clear the evaporator. Restrictive air filter material, dirty air filter, or restrictive duct work all compound the problem. These factors can contribute to premature compressor failure.
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