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Old 07-07-2014, 09:30 PM   #1
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What do you for cool on while driving?

We are currently traveling in the south. We have gone through New Mexico, Texas, and are currently in Louisiana. It is very hot in these states in July. The cab AC barely keeps up keeping the cab cool-ish.

The kids traveling in the coach are in a very warm area. Are there any tricks to getting cool air into the coach?


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Old 07-07-2014, 09:53 PM   #2
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Start the generator and run the coach ac
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Old 07-07-2014, 10:22 PM   #3
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We just drove from Pennsylvania to Myrtle Beach with 7 people over 4th of July. Without putting the generator on with the coach AC it would have been pretty warm. Doesn't seem to change the gas mileage too much either. I tried turning the cab AC off for a little, but felt warm without it.
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:06 PM   #4
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The generator would be at half load running the AC, and would use about 0.5 gallons per hour. At 60 mph and 8 mpg you are using 7.5 gallons per hour. Adding the 0.5 gallons per hour for the generator to the 7.5 gallons per hour for the coach, you will be using 8.0 gallons per hour, giving 7.5 mpg overall.

Looking at it another way, the additional 0.5 gallons per hour costs about $2 per hour to keep your family cool.

(When the AC catches up and cycles off the generator fuel consumption will drop to about 0.3 gallons per hour.)
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Old 07-08-2014, 02:01 AM   #5
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Doesn't help with a family but I added extensions to the bunk curtains so the cab can be closed off when needed. Cab cools real nice with the fan on low.
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I recently drove that same route - Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona...........
From Amarillo on we did fine with some if the coach windows and roof vent open. Coming back - once we hit Wichita Falls on down, it was too humid and we had to run the cab a/c and coach a/c. It did hit my fuel costs since I was still 800 miles from home (went from 8 mpg to 7.2 mpg) but it made everyone less irritable.
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:35 AM   #7
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We just drove from Pennsylvania to Myrtle Beach with 7 people over 4th of July. Without putting the generator on with the coach AC it would have been pretty warm. Doesn't seem to change the gas mileage too much either. I tried turning the cab AC off for a little, but felt warm without it.

Brian,

Not meaning to steal the thread here, but - What part of PA are you from and how long did it take you to get to Myrtle Beach?

We are heading down to Pirateland the weekend after Labor Day! Curious how long of a drive it will be in the Coach. We've made this trip in the car many times, just not a MH..

Thanks and sorry if I stole the Thread!
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There is always go north in summer and south in winter.....
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There is always go north in summer and south in winter.....
North maybe meaning altitude - not north by states. Been all the way to Wisconsin in the summer and still fought humid summer weather. But get around 7000 feet elevation - weather gets better.
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Altitude

Yes on the altitude...on East coast side of usa....you will find me at the 3000 ft level on the Blue Ridge Pky......during late July Aug early Sept....
Then back to coast for fall fishing and as leave turn back on the Pky....then at 28 degrees Fla/Tx bound
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