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Old 07-02-2018, 06:39 PM   #11
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The DW hates the heat and gets uncomfortable with anything above 75 degrees so I just purchased a Fridgidaire 12,000 btu portable that I am going to retrofit and use at the Mayberry FROG rally on the 12th. Hopefully that will solve the problem and keep her happy.
If you don't mind I'd like to check out that unit at Mayberry....

I've used portable A/C units before, with mixed results, in data and call centers when the main A/C unit was down. The biggest problem was getting rid of the condensation...especially in a data center...
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:53 PM   #12
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I am using my rig as a mobile office at my mother in law’s while my wife cares for family. Nothing but 15 amp service so I am using a 7k btu portable unit to keep the edge off - does ok in the overnights and mornings but thank goodness for the generator during the heat of the day (we all live in Orlando)! Draining the unit into a 5 gal bucket which goes about 10 hours between dumps and vented the unit through the passenger window. MacGyver engineering at it’s finest. I will send pictures.
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Old 07-02-2018, 07:04 PM   #13
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Here are some pics of my set up

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Old 07-02-2018, 07:06 PM   #14
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Worked out of the rig last week, another week to go at least! Gets me by in a pinch
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Old 07-02-2018, 08:00 PM   #15
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That looks like a good, workable, temporary solution. I used bigger portable A/C units as back ups in my data and call centers and the drainage was always a problem. The ones I had looked like "Robbie The Robot" rejects due to their flexible tube "arms" to point the air flow...
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I ran mine in the RV for the first time this afternoon. It was 89 inside and the output temperature was about 62. Not too bad for a temperature difference. After running a couple of hours it got down to 81 inside with a 25 degree difference. Unit was pulling about 9 to 11 amps.

The unit is 15" in diameter, has a remote and can be controlled with an app on the cell phone which I have not set up yet. I should be able to roll it over to the steps and drain the water into a pan and dump it.

Since there was nothing else on except the converter, I tried both the coach AC and the portable for a few minutes and the amp draw was running 24-26 with a voltage drop to 111. Not too bad.

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Your 2018 has the Atwood which is supposed to cool better than my Dometic. With 95 degrees outside and full sun our inside temp will rise to 82 degrees. I have the insulated cushions on the vents, reflectix on the rear window, covers for the inside of the door and also the shower skylight as well as "Heat Shields" on the windshield and driver/passenger windows. I also purchased a sun screen for the awning which seems to help. It also helps to run the generator and turn on the AC on the way to the campground so you don't have to cool down the interior and remove as much humidity when you set up at the campground.

The DW hates the heat and gets uncomfortable with anything above 75 degrees so I just purchased a Fridgidaire 12,000 btu portable that I am going to retrofit and use at the Mayberry FROG rally on the 12th. Hopefully that will solve the problem and keep her happy.
Have you considered how to drain the condensation? I've thought maybe in shower drain if you have full hookups. But what about when you have no sewer hook up?

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Old 07-05-2018, 08:39 PM   #19
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We have a 2013 DS, we just got back from 5 days at Delaware Seashore State Park campground, it was above 90 everyday, even though the AC ran most of the time we kept the thermostat at 74-76 degrees and did not have any issues. Is it possible that your unit could be low on Freon?
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Open the vent right on the bottom of the ac unit so the air blows straight out of the unit rather than the vents. So that the unit is “dumping” air straight out. Also, the foam “pillows” that push up into the vent as well as smoke or black vent covers help immensely. Trust me - I live and camp in Florida year round!


I’m glad I read this. We had our air conditioner replaced last year after a big fail and now I was worried about the replacement. 90 degrees in Boise at 9:30pm and motor home was 86 degrees with airco full blast for several hours. My husband said “oh don’t open that wonka wonka wonka ...”
He went to do something outside and I jumped up and opened it. Now 30 minutes later it’s a 72 wonderful degrees. A little cool air still comes out the vents.
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