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Old 07-17-2011, 03:06 PM   #11
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Thank you for all this info. We are looking at buying a 23 foot bunkhouse model. Forest river has one in the wolf series I believe.
It seems by looking that some have ducted air... So this is a great help.
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Old 07-23-2011, 01:57 AM   #12
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I agree completely! The camper we recently bought has a non ducted AC and it is loud... I wish the fan would cycle off with the compressor, but it stays on the whole time.
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Old 08-07-2014, 07:18 AM   #13
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I know this is an older thread but I want to post on this topic. From the responses it would seem that non ducted is the ONLY way to go; however, some of the info is incorrect. I have an '06 camper with non ducted. It has a thermostat and cycles. I upgraded the air distribution unit to a 5-way directional unit from the two way original and that made a huge difference. Also I learned that in later models of Dometic they changed their compressors with the change of refrigerant and it was louder than the previous model. Some owners got a "soft grommet" replacement to quiet down the unit (found in another forum) and it made a difference as well.

The ducted unit I am familiar with is not much quieter if at all. It cycles but the fan does not go off - just like the non-ducted unit. While I do believe that RV air conditioning needs improved design- quieter, I am not an advocate for only ducted at this point.
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Old 08-07-2014, 08:02 AM   #14
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I've had both. I like the ducted better. As my trailer is a toy hauler (all one room) one isn't any quieter than the other. The thing I like best is the thermostat which turns the A/C on when needed. The fan shuts off shortly after the compressor shuts off (much like at home). With the previous camper the fan ran non-stop the whole time. As others have stated you can always switch back to having the air blow directly from the A/C but we've never used that (not yet anyway).
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I have a 2012 V-Cross 275 fiver and because I live in Texas, SE Texas, we require two ACs for a 32' RV. The 15,000 BTU in the living area is ducked and the 13,500 BTU in the bedroom is not. Both are laud, but the non-ducked in the bedroom is to laud. Good Luck
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Old 08-07-2014, 01:41 PM   #16
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Or 21 foot hybrid has ducted..Quiet and cools evenly. Glad we have it..
Same here. I've had both and much prefer ducted. It was optional, but I'm glad I put it in.
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Old 08-07-2014, 10:32 PM   #18
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I know this is an older thread but I want to post on this topic. From the responses it would seem that non ducted is the ONLY way to go; .....
WHAT??? Every post says (as I do too) that ducted is the way to go. Where did you get non-ducted was the consensus?

Also, I am familiar with many trailers and of all the ones that are ducted, all are quieter if you close the outlet vents that are on the main unit. When those are closed the air only exits through ducts and in the process of that air traveling through the ducts it get much quieter. The non ducted ones all make more noise than the ducted ones.
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I have a 2012 V-Cross 275 fiver and because I live in Texas, SE Texas, we require two ACs for a 32' RV. The 15,000 BTU in the living area is ducked and the 13,500 BTU in the bedroom is not. Both are laud, but the non-ducked in the bedroom is to laud. Good Luck
Were you at Lake O' The Pines a couple of weeks ago? I stopped and talked to someone with a V-Cross fiver while we were there. (I admired your pin box tri pod.)

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It depend on the size of the trailer you will buy also. Generally the ducted type ac model is reserved for trailer over 25 footers. If you want a trailer less than this size the only option is a non ducted model. I would prefer the ducted model but our trailer is just over 20 feet and we had no choice on this decision.
Not true our 21' has ducted and i seen a 19' with ducted. cant remeber the maker of the 19' foot.
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