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Old 06-23-2015, 01:07 AM   #1
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Is the 13,500 btu air cond OK for Forester 2701DS

Our ordered Forester will have the 13,500 btu a/c.
After reading some posts on noisy and inefficient air conditioners, we wonder if the 13,500btu unit is adequate for the 28' 1" . The dealer said the 15,000 btu unit came with a heat pump which we will never use. We have a 13,000 btu in our current 22' class c Winnebago and it freezes us out. It has a heat pump and we never use it as we dry camp mostly. The 15,000btu unit with heat pump was $600 option.
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Old 06-23-2015, 05:29 AM   #2
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I don't think you will be happy with that size A/C for a 28' unit. It also depends on where you camp. If you you go south where it 90 degrees with humidity No. I don't understand why they can not just put in a 15000 btu A/C? I wouldn't compare a Winnebago to a Forester to begin with, plus your adding 6'. MH are different then TT. Your pre cooling while you drive. I have a 15,000 btu in a 31' 5th wheel. If I'm not plugged in by 3:00PM forget it working until around 7:00 PM. 600.00 dollars sounds pretty high to go to a H/P anyway. They should be giving you a rebate for 13,500 that they are not using. If you check on the web, you will see the price difference, between a HP vs. A/C. Not much difference. I would question why you can't get a A/C that size, sounds like a lazy salesman to me. My A/C will not shut off during the day at all, it will cycle at night but forget it in 90 degree weather. I'm only 3' longer then you. You can not have enough A/C in any unit by the construction alone. Just my observation knowing A/C's and what they can do.
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Old 06-23-2015, 06:14 AM   #3
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We optioned for the 15k a/c when we ordered ours knowing a 13.5k wouldn't do the job adequately. Even with the larger a/c it still runs constantly on a 90-degree day, as stated above. If you can make the change, I'd highly recommend it!
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I would agree with gljurczyk. I would max out the a/c. Price difference on my 2650s(the other 28' sunseeker) was$350. Depending on your travels and sites I would max out the options on a new unit cause you never know. We used genny and heat pump during allowed times to take chill out and save propane here in New England.
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Old 06-23-2015, 07:14 AM   #5
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I would agree with gljurczyk. I would max out the a/c. Price difference on my 2650s(the other 28' sunseeker) was$350. Depending on your travels and sites I would max out the options on a new unit cause you never know. We used genny and heat pump during allowed times to take chill out and save propane here in New England.
X2. Orders my 3170 with the 15k as well, figured it couldn't hurt. So far so good. Next weekend, no shade at our site so will be a good test.

Heat pump works great on a chilly night to save propane.
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Old 06-23-2015, 08:58 AM   #6
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I agree that it depends on where you live. My previous TT was a 34' with a 13.5K and there was no question I wanted a bigger unit. However, after using my 32' Forester on a 90 deg. day I wish it had 2 units...
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Old 06-23-2015, 01:38 PM   #7
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Our ordered Forester will have the 13,500 btu a/c.
After reading some posts on noisy and inefficient air conditioners, we wonder if the 13,500btu unit is adequate for the 28' 1" . The dealer said the 15,000 btu unit came with a heat pump which we will never use. We have a 13,000 btu in our current 22' class c Winnebago and it freezes us out. It has a heat pump and we never use it as we dry camp mostly. The 15,000btu unit with heat pump was $600 option.
You should be OK with it. Have that size in my 32 foot 5th wheel and it does the job. I was just in the trailer and it was nice and cool and it is 93 degrees out right now.

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We have a 32' 5th wheel and have *two* A/C (13.5K & 15.5K) on hot summer days in the south they are on almost all the time.


If I were you, I'd call and make the change ASAP.
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Old 06-23-2015, 01:53 PM   #9
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Mine's a 26' box and I have 1 A/C... 13.5K btu... I'll never have another TT without 2 A/C units. It can be miserable. Where I live it can still be over 100 after sundown... Max it out. Surely they can get you a 15K unit without the HP. If not, you're dealing with the wrong folks... so keep your hand on your wallet!
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I'd also recommend upgrading to the 15,000 BTU. I agree with Bob from AL. You will not regret it. Depending on num of slide outs one has this makes a difference to cooling. My new trailer has two, is 35 ft long and we live in the south and they both will run but I have 3 slides. Also depends how much insulation the trailer has and I'll bet not much.

My old trailer was 34 ft and just one 15,000 and it would run all day. Most dealers here will not even think about using 13,000 on your type of trailer.

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