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Old 09-01-2013, 03:19 PM   #1
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2014 Georgetown: Dash AC performance?

We took delivery on a new GT 351 last week. Lots of things to learn about it, as always with a new coach, and loving it very much.

For other late model GT owners, how has your dash AC performed? The air coming out of the dash vents was "cool" but not what I'd consider very cold. Granted, I realize there is more space to cool in a class A, but even sitting in the driving position with the vents directed toward us, we weren't any too cool. It was hot outside, but not exceptionally so (around 90).

I realize many folks will run a rooftop AC in exceptionally hot weather, but I would think that the dash AC should be adequate for driver and passenger in most situations.

Not sure if this would be a FR or Ford issue, but may inquire about it this week before we make an upcoming trip to Texas.

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Old 09-01-2013, 04:31 PM   #2
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My dash AC works very well when moving and not well when stopped.
It also depends on the outside air temp and level of humidity.
If you think it is not working properly I would suggest contating Forest River ASAP and have them send you an email authorizng the system to be checked and serviced. They will say they will pay you after the fact which they do.
The compressor is the only thing that is FORD the rest is an after market system that Forest River attaches to the compressor. Manuf Evan Tempcon. Evans Tempcon, Inc
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Old 09-01-2013, 04:39 PM   #3
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I have a 2013 XL 378 and the dash air doesn't seem to be up to par but the biggest issue is that it leaks water all over the floor/condensation. Had it to CW and they said they can't do anything about it, pretty poor right.
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Old 09-01-2013, 04:47 PM   #4
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I had Ice 32f put into my car it made all the difference in the world. Check it out just google Ice 32.
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Old 09-01-2013, 05:53 PM   #5
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Ours is not great either. I run on Max air with no outside air. It keeps us comfortable, but not as cool as in your personal car. I let it blow on me and it works ok, but not so good if the air is not directed directly at you.
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Old 09-01-2013, 06:41 PM   #6
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Charged my system and noticed a considerable difference. Not sure if it was ever charged properly because it's colder now than it's ever been. That being said the Dash AC should direct cool to cold air towards you but is never going to be like a car due to the space but mostly because the return air inlet which is down near the floor is pulling all of that warm humid air from the back to the front. I usually run the fans with the AC when it's really hot or the sun is beating right on the windshield. It's not perfect but it's not bad either. I have consider installing a curtain across the coach just behind the seats to reduce the area we're trying to cool or heat during travel. I would think it would make a difference.
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Old 09-01-2013, 07:09 PM   #7
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Back in June I noticed our dash air was not as cool as our other cars, so I bought a can of R143 and a charging hose and put it in the system. 15 minutes and instant cold air and its been great all summer.
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:47 PM   #8
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I had poor dash cooling last summer on my 2010 Georgetown 373. A Ford dealer in Indiana could not find the problem, and just charged it up with more freon. That lasted a week. At least it was under Ford's warranty and didn't cost me anything...

When I was back in Florida, I went to Gator Ford next to Lazy Days in Tampa. Lots of Ford chassis motorhomes being serviced there, and the service tech knew exactly what the problem was. The compressor seal had leaked, and a new compressor was installed under warranty. He said it is a common problem on the F-53 chassis.
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Don't have the same coach but have a Ford chassis class A and the dash air is plenty cold for us. Certainly no need to run the rooftops
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We had/have the same issue with our 2012 378 ts, took it to Ford for the tranny recall last year and had them check out the AC at the same time. They put a temp gauge on the output vent and said it was within the guidelines. Not very cold but barely cool enough to keep us fairly comfortable while driving in 90's and humid SC weather.
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