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Old 02-20-2016, 12:18 PM   #11
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It's really the windows, especially that gigantic front window.
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Old 03-05-2016, 09:21 AM   #12
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If you camp in the desert or hot regions as we do... the single 18k btu barely keeps it cool at times. Wish I had gone with 2 ACs from the get go.
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Old 03-05-2016, 12:05 PM   #13
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Lot's of people have replaced their rear vent with a second ac it's not hard to do. But it has to be wired separate as the 4 kw generator can't handle the start of 2 ac's. So you would have to have separate plugs at pedestal.
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Old 03-05-2016, 12:47 PM   #14
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Our 35' Bounder was a 30 amp unit and had something called "Shedding" in the controls which swapped back and forth between the two ACs. I wonder if something similar could be added to an existing FR3 wiring scheme...

Also, do you know if the rear vent area was pre-wired for a 2nd AC unit in a 2015 30DS by chance? I don't see any spare 110v cables in the junction area.
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Old 03-05-2016, 12:52 PM   #15
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Our 2015 30DS doesn't have any 120v wiring up there, just 12v wiring for vent fans. I've recently took down the shroud last weekend and cut out the foam to install a ducted AC this spring. From what people have done in the past, they've routed the wires through the ducting to the back wall, then over to the closet and down to the electrical bay. If you happen to have the Atwood AC unit, they say you can run 2x13,500 units on a 4kw gen. I don't know how reliable it would be at high altitude/high temps. For now, I think we'll be going with an Atwood 13.5 ducted unit in the rear and see what sort of amp draw it actually shows. Then maybe, we'll swap out the 15k Domestic unit down the road if we think it would actually run on the 4kw gen set. Would be nice....
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Please keep us posted after your install, how it works, pitfalls to avoid, etc. Thinking we may do something similar in the future. Thanks!!!
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Old 03-08-2016, 12:39 AM   #17
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Replaced the 15000 Dometic in my 2015 30DS with the 18000 Atwood in front, ducted and a non-ducted in the bedroom. Was not hard to run the wires through the ceiling panels. Changed the gen to 5500 and wiring to 50 Amp. Last year in St. Louis in August, was enough for me. 95 out and the coach was 88 inside. 5500 gen is so much quieter.. Ran the exhaust up front, just behind the front tire.

The Atwood's are so much more quiet and I like the heat pump feature.
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Can we ask... What did all that roughly cost?
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Old 03-08-2016, 07:24 PM   #19
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AC units, Gen and wiring was roughly $6K with auto change over box. Only paid 79K new for the FR3 30DS new and it is paid for, so considering all we would have to buy to upgrade and that this unit is perfect for our use. No brainer.
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