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Old 01-02-2014, 11:40 AM   #1
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Dometic Low Profile AC

Thinking about installing a... Dometic 13500 BTU LOW PROFILE... air conditioner

in my front bedroom area and I have a couple of questions.

* Is it efficient in terms of cooling for that area?

* My main concern would be the noise level. Is it reasonable or overbearing?

Comments would be appreciated.
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Old 01-02-2014, 11:44 AM   #2
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have had 3, good cooling lots of noise, coleman is much quieter
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Old 01-02-2014, 11:54 AM   #3
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I had one installed in our bedroom on our Wildcat 353ls. I talked with a couple different dealers that I respect their opinions and all recommended this unit. I was told I could go with a reg 15K unit with electrical power to spare, but that the low profile would be a better route since it was being mounted on the highest point of a 5th wheel. And that in the end the difference would not be noticeable between a 15K and a 13.5K unit.
As for noise, the non ducted units are louder than a ducked system, but the noise is not what I would call intrusive.
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:14 PM   #4
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Our 13.5 low profile unit in the bedroom is ducted to the entire trailer and it can still turn the bedroom into a freezer.

If the compressor is running the noise can be overbearing. Some folks just run the fan to help circulate the air. My wife and I just turned off the bedroom A/C at night and the 15000 A/C in the main living area is enough to keep the rig cool.

We love having the two A/C's during the heat of the day.
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:57 PM   #5
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A little off topic but FYI....we have 11,500 low profile in the bedroom. It is ducted in with the 15,000 reg ac. It is loud so we typically use it during the day and use the 15,000 at night. The noise is way less from the living room ac and blows well in the bedroom at night. Can close down some living room registers at night to force more air to bedroom.
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:59 PM   #6
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There is one thing about it, not many people complain about having too much A/C during the hot summer months out camping....at least not in Texas.

On our National Pacifica pusher we had a basement Coleman two stage A/C system. We later added a Coleman 15K roof unit to the mix. Between the combination we could keep very cool even in Texas 110+ degree temps.

On our 40' triple slide Travel Supreme 5th wheel we could do the same with two ducked Coleman roof units 13.5K and 15K.

Hope we can do close to the same with our Wildcat 353LS
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We had a 13,5 dometic low-profile in our previous TT... Gotta tell you, when the compressor kicked on, everyone knew it (even with a white noise machine running). It woke me up and I'm as heavy sleeper as there is. Three months in, it died and the entire unit was replaced under warranty. We had hoped that it was just a bad unit... Nope. Second unit was just as loud. We now have a Coleman and we have no idea when the compressor cycles.
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Old 01-02-2014, 05:28 PM   #8
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The unit does come with a 2 year warranty, if you don't like it there are options to look at. Maybe going up to a 15K at no expense.

A lot of the noise also may have to do with the installation. If things are not installed correct and tight noise will be an issue.

Just saying,
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The 13.5 that's in the bedroom of my columbus sounded like a helicopter when the compressor kicked on tightened it up and it got a lot quieter
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