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Old 07-04-2013, 08:20 AM   #1
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Rooftop vs ducted rooftop air

Hello everyone! I'm new to the forum, and my wife and I are considering a new Wildwood X-Lite 261BHXL trailer. We've narrowed down the choices to a couple of units. One has the regular rooftop a/c and the other has ducted rooftop a/c. Any opinions? Other than that difference, the trailers are equipped the same: show stopper pkge, convenience pkge, double door refrig, range with oven, deep cycle battery, cable tv ready and spare tire. Are we missing anything?
Our tow vehicle is a 2002 GMC Yukon with the 5.3 liter V8 engine.
Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:36 AM   #2
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I've had both and prefer the ducted. Ducted a/c cools more evenly, no more "hot" ends of the trailer and cold in the middle.
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:47 AM   #3
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I have had both as well and preferred the ducted AC system. Also with the ducted system, you have the ability to open the vents on the unit to give it the same function as a regular rooftop AC. At least, mine does. Best of both worlds in other words.
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Old 07-04-2013, 01:10 PM   #4
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Ducted!

by the way, non-ducted is called "Blast from the Center" a/c.
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I've had both and prefer the ducted. Ducted a/c cools more evenly, no more "hot" ends of the trailer and cold in the middle.
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Ducted is the best one. Able to get cool air evenly distributed but also able to "quick cool" the living area and it is quieter that the non-ducted A/C.
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Ducted is the best one. Able to get cool air evenly distributed but also able to "quick cool" the living area and it is quieter that the non-ducted A/C.
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:22 PM   #8
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i say ducted. picked my new rv last week and that was one of the it had to have
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Ducted. And if you have a choice on ducted or non-ducted heat, I'd also pick the former. Getting out of the shower in winter with the bathroom door closed can be a chilly proposition without a heating duct in there.

I also think the ceiling space required for the AC ducts makes it a little quieter inside when it's raining hard.
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Just bought an Apex 268BHS and it has ducted but what I liked about it is the air unit sits above the kitchen area. There is a louvre lever than can close off the ducts and force the air into the kitchen/dining room area. The dealer said it was really handy when cooking inside in the summer since the stove puts off a good deal of heat.
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