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Old 03-03-2013, 11:30 AM   #1
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Any Berkshire owners with new model year coach?

Are there any Berkshire 390 owners with a 2013 model year coach that have 2 - 13500 btu air conditioners? Are they effective in cooling the coach in very hot weather? I had to have my front air conditioner, which was a 15000btu unit, replaced. They replaced it with a 13500 btu unit and said that the new units have a greater cooling capacity and the 13500 btu unit will be better thatn the 15000 btu unit. I am very leary that the smaller unit will cool sufficietly. Thanks for any input that you can provide.
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:44 AM   #2
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I do have a 2013 390BH-60, but have yet to take it out. I have the 15,000 btu front air which I requested when I ordered the unit. The rear is the 13,500 unit. First trip is end of the month to SC, but will probably not need air down there either at this time of year. Keep in mind that the standard units are the (2) 13,500 btu. The 15,000 btu is an option and upgrade when they are ordered.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:01 PM   #3
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Jersey guy,
I alsohad the 15000btu unit in the front but they said that there is no 15000btu unit that is compatible with the system in my '08 coach. That is why the put in the 13500 btu unit because it was a direct installation without any modifications needed to the thermostat and the entire system. I don't know why that is, but I think that the people at Boat and RV were just blowing smoke you know where. I just returned home last night and need to call Dometic in the morning to see what they say.
Good luck with your new coach- I'm sure you will enjoy it as much as we enjoy ours!
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:03 PM   #4
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Just by saying Boat N RV you said it all.
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Old 03-03-2013, 12:31 PM   #5
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Jersey guy,
Well, you know the old adage as to how you can tell if a salesman is lying? If his lips are moving!!

Hope you are not a salesman (LOL!!).

We stopped at the Boat n Rv in Ridgeland, SC on the way home from a trip. Very nice, accomodating and cordial in the beginning but when I called them out on why they replaced my 15000 btu unit with at 13.5 btu unit, that's when all the lips started moving.

They tried to sell me on a new 43' Charleston bunkhouse (great looking unit). They said that it is a 2013. When we looked through the unit and saw that the chassis was built in the fall of 2010 and the coach was built in spring of 2012. I said that being the unit was over a year old and that it should be discounted even further. That's when the lips started moving again (if you get what I mean). They really started putting the pressure on and double teamed us with the salesman and his manager. We left!!

I must say though, that the facility was huge. They had about 30 or more bays where they could pull rv's in. Store had a restaurant on the second floor and a huge show room. Nice, but still no sale.
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Old 03-03-2013, 01:51 PM   #6
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Are there any Berkshire 390 owners with a 2013 model year coach that have 2 - 13500 btu air conditioners? Are they effective in cooling the coach in very hot weather? I had to have my front air conditioner, which was a 15000btu unit, replaced. They replaced it with a 13500 btu unit and said that the new units have a greater cooling capacity and the 13500 btu unit will be better thatn the 15000 btu unit. I am very leary that the smaller unit will cool sufficietly. Thanks for any input that you can provide.
I have a 2012 with 13,5 units. It has a very hard time cooling. We put up foil bubble wrap on the windshield when parked. That has helped a lot. We live In the south east and the ac in my opinion is undersized. I have been pricing changing our front unit to a 15 or even adding a third unit as some have done. If I were you I wouldn't accept the 13.5. It is a less expensive unit and not as good for cooling.
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Old 03-03-2013, 01:56 PM   #7
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I agree with all of the points that you have made as the units being undersized and not able to cool the coach. I too feel that the 13.5 is a less expensive unit and not as good for cooling. I am going to continue researching the situation to see what can be done to rectify it.
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Old 03-03-2013, 02:01 PM   #8
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Good luck I hope you are able to get a 15 back in.just FYI last summer we drove across country in tenn Missouri area we were there when the heat wave of 100 was going in. The coach wouldn't get below mid 85-88 while driving. We stopped an pick up a few fans for the ride. It was horrible.

I also read on another post you had drip pan leaks. Those pans at least on my unit are easily replaceable. There is one screw the holds them in. Up do have to release the unit from the roof but then it is a easy change out.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:50 PM   #9
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I'm also looking to change out my 13.5 A/C units to 15's on both the front and the back. I got a price from Buffalo RV for switching out both and converting to Aluminum wheels. It ain't cheap!!! We have found the A/C to be inadequate for warm weather.
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Old 03-09-2013, 08:02 AM   #10
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We just bought a new 390FL with the 2-135000's on it. We live down here in Fla but havent had the warm weather yet to really answer your question. I sure hope what you were told by the dealer is true and the new ones are more efficient. I'll let you know.
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