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Old 07-25-2010, 01:58 PM   #11
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When I purchased my Berkshire, they offered the 15000 btu as an option for the front AC only. Don't know if they changed that since the '08 model came out.
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Old 07-25-2010, 02:11 PM   #12
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My is a 2010 and it was not offered or I would have definitely taken it. My are Dometics and they are low profile so I guess they are penguins. I am going to get some prices for swapping out my front unit with the larger 15k btu unit. Does that combination work for you in hot weather or should I upgrade both front and back to 15's?
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Old 07-25-2010, 02:18 PM   #13
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I don't want to skirt the issue, but it of course depends on the outside temp and whether or not you close off the back area from the front. If it is not extremely hot and you keep all the doors open, it is fine. But I definitely would upgrade the front A/C.
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Old 07-25-2010, 02:31 PM   #14
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I see now on the website on the Georgetowns it's an option for the front AC.

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As for the Berkshires I don't see it yet. Maybe they haven't gotten around to upgrading that info.
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Old 07-25-2010, 03:44 PM   #15
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Any idea how much it would cost to swap a 13.5 out for a 15?
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Old 07-25-2010, 03:48 PM   #16
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I couldn't say for sure but I would guess, probably around $1000. That's having someone do the installation.
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Old 07-25-2010, 05:04 PM   #17
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The best price I have found on a 15k btu penguin heat pump is $1049 just for the unit...
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Old 07-25-2010, 09:01 PM   #18
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We have a 2011 and I agree that the A/C's aren't heavy enough to handle the heat. We were in Branson a few weeks ago and the temps were in upper 90's and the units weren't able to handle it. If there would have been an option for the 15's I would have taken them. While we were driving we had the chassis A/C's cranking along with both units and it was still warmer than we would have liked.

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Old 07-26-2010, 10:53 AM   #19
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I have checked the model numbers on my two units and have the following:

Rear: 641515
Front: 651515

from the part numbers that are both 13.5k BTU... no surprise from our discussions but what was a surprise to me is that fact that ONLY the front unit is a heat pump. The rear is ONLY an A/C. Is that consistent with you other Berkshire owners? It was a surprise to me. I just assumed that they were both heat pumps. Will the front heat pump be enough to heat the entire coach or do I need to upgrade both the front and back units?
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Any update? I have a Berkshire with dual 13.5 Dometics and it is NOT enough and I am not in the desert. Currently down in El Dorado, AR visiting family and it is 95. Both units running non-stop and barely bearable. I would be very interested in upgrading at least the front unit to a 15 if that is possible. Wish I had known it was an option when I ordered mine.
Allen,

I decided not to buy the RV at this time, but I did confirm that they were in fact the 15,000BTU units that were installed.

So I'm sure you could get your unit refitted with the higher BTU units if you want to pony up the money.

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