Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-13-2016, 09:59 AM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 42
Driving Issues with a Class C

I am considering upgrading to a Class C (I like the floor plan of the Forester 2801). A couple questions I have with driving one are:

1. While driving how well does the A/C keep the whole RV cool?
2. When traveling with big dogs (we have 2 over 75 lbs) how do you handle them? Do you let them roam free or leash them to the seat belts, or something else's?
__________________

__________________
Jack and Laurel
Years married - 46, years camping together - 47
Two 70 lb lapdogs, Ollie and Shadow
TV - 2015 Silverado 2500 HD Allison/Duramax Diesel 4WD
TT - 2014 Rockwood Windjammer 2618
Texbahrs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2016, 10:14 AM   #2
clr
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Sherman Illinois
Posts: 554
The dash AC will do an OK job of cooling the unit in the front cab only. The farther back in the unit you go the warmer it will it. If you like it really cool then your only option is to run a built in generator and use the coach AC also when driving. I had a black lab when we had our class C, and she would only ride right between the front seats. She got a little car sick otherwise.
__________________

__________________
Chuck & Sandra
Engineer/Teacher
2010 F350 CC 6.4
2015 Prime Time Sanibel 3601
clr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2016, 10:22 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
ilmor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 758
Quote:
Originally Posted by Texbahrs View Post
I am considering upgrading to a Class C (I like the floor plan of the Forester 2801). A couple questions I have with driving one are:

1. While driving how well does the A/C keep the whole RV cool?
2. When traveling with big dogs (we have 2 over 75 lbs) how do you handle them? Do you let them roam free or leash them to the seat belts, or something else's?
I guess it depends on where and when you're driving, outside temperature, etc. I have owned 3 class C's and 1 class A and have never used anything but the chassis a/c when driving.
__________________
2017 Forest River Sunseeker 2250SLE
ilmor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2016, 10:57 AM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 36
My 3011DS is fine with the chassis AC up to about 85 degrees. My 3 kids in the back were comfortable with the shades down and just the front AC up to about that temp. Above that and the generator had to be started. We drove from LA to Alabama a few weeks ago and it was over 100 degrees for the entire trip, a lot of it was 110 or above. We ran the generator and it kept it very comfortable in the motorhome. I didn't notice a change in fuel mileage with it on.
__________________
77rednecktruck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2016, 01:05 PM   #5
Member
 
milvet33's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Texas
Posts: 54
Quote:
Originally Posted by Texbahrs View Post
I am considering upgrading to a Class C (I like the floor plan of the Forester 2801). A couple questions I have with driving one are:

1. While driving how well does the A/C keep the whole RV cool?
2. When traveling with big dogs (we have 2 over 75 lbs) how do you handle them? Do you let them roam free or leash them to the seat belts, or something else's?
We traveled with big dogs in our class C for almost 10 years. Currently two 140 pound St Bernards. Never a problem. Let them roam and they will probably end up between the seats or on a settee or table seat.
__________________
milvet33 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2016, 01:13 PM   #6
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Toronto
Posts: 14
My thoughts

I find the coach AC comfortable. I tried several options for my 75 lb lab X. She rides in the back of my SUV without any problems but she was only comfortable in the RV between the two front seats. I put down several layers of foam for her to lie on in an effort to reduce the heat from the engine. I make sure she has access to her drinking water and we stop every 2 to 3 hours maximum. I tried her on a body harness and strapped it to a seat belt but she fussed so much it wasn't worth it. I found myself distracted by her restlessness. If she was younger I would have insisted/persisted but at 12.5 I gave in to her wishes.
__________________
waterwoman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2016, 02:19 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 40
Our dogs are just fine with the A/C from the cab unit. They are on the couch behind the drivers seat and we aim vents towards them. If it is really warm I close off the bedroom and bathroom doors thus cooling only the "living" area. No problems here in Texas but we rarely travel when outside temperatures are in the 100s!
__________________
2015 Solera 24R
2014 Mercedes Chassis
Karter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2016, 04:25 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Media, PA
Posts: 1,022
Quote:
Originally Posted by Texbahrs View Post
I am considering upgrading to a Class C (I like the floor plan of the Forester 2801). A couple questions I have with driving one are:

1. While driving how well does the A/C keep the whole RV cool?
2. When traveling with big dogs (we have 2 over 75 lbs) how do you handle them? Do you let them roam free or leash them to the seat belts, or something else's?
The longer the class C the less effective the A/C. I had a 24' Sunseeker which was kept cold by the dash A/C.

I will not stick my paws into the dogs in RV's controversy.
__________________
2017 Dynamax REV 24RB

Formerly a 2013 Sunseeker 2250 SLEC.
Delco Bobby is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2016, 04:59 PM   #9
Member
 
Cfritts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 87
Our Forester 2401WS was fine with just the dash air in 94 degree weather driving.
__________________
Cfritts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2016, 05:49 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Mid Michigan
Posts: 337
Dash A/C

30 foot Freelander on a Ford 350 chassis and 94 degrees outside and the dash A/C on low was all I needed but I had nobody else in the coach.
__________________

__________________
markb422 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
class c

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:36 PM.