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Old 03-02-2012, 10:31 PM   #1
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Question about a 2nd A/C

Some of you folks might know this or maybe RV Guy will chime in. I know my 298 BHD is 30 AMP, so i am pretty sure there isn't a wire already run to my vent in the bedroom like on a 50 AMP would have. But is the vent opening sturdy enough in the bedroom for a A/C, or do I need to beef it up? And how big of a pain is it to get the ceiling down to get the wire run over to the closet? Or is there enough room in the ceiling area to fish the wire over without taking the ceiling down? I am sure someone on here has added a second A/C to their 30 AMP Crusader.
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Was wondering about this for our Crusader 260RLD. We did camp last year in 107 degree heat but stayed nice and cool inside it so maybe i'm just being a nervous Nellie.
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:50 PM   #3
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Once it cools down it does a fine job, but Texas in the summer is tuff !
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:11 AM   #4
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Could have sworn RV Guy said all Crusaders were 50 amp in a thread a while back... maybe I mis read it.
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Nevermind, found the thread. He was referring to the 320.
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:55 AM   #6
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If all you have is a 30 amp plug, you are going to bite off more than you can chew by trying to add an AC. One part is the wiring, all the way back to the breaker panel for the AC. Next is rewire the 30 amp from the outside connection, to the breaker panel, with 50 amp service. Then you will also have to change your converter and breaker panel.

As for the vent, you can pull the inside cover and see if the vent is boxed in. If it is, it should hold the AC. If not, will need to remove the ceiling, and box in the vent opening. Sounds a like a lot of work, and $$$$, and probably is, to both.
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JTAD - The roof vent is definitely strong enough for a 2nd A/C but "upgrading" a 30 AMP unit that was not wired for a 2nd A/C is quite a job for sure. Not saying it can't be done, but won't be easy. I THINK what might be common for after-market A/C upgrades is to install a 2nd A/C and have a dedicated line for the A/C that is wired to an exterior source where the customer would plug in a 2nd 110 power supply. I DON'T KNOW THAT FOR SURE BUT I THINK IT HAPPENS. CONSULT YOUR DEALER!!!!
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Yea RV Guy that is exactly what I am doing. I am running a dedicated 20 amp line. I have a marine grade male 20 amp plug to mount on the side of the coach near the 30 amp for shore power. That was the main thing I was wondering if that vent opening was strong enough or if I was going to have to do something with it. So that is good to know. Thanks RV Guy. I will keep everyone posted on that upgrade. Might be a month or so before I get to it.
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