Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-16-2015, 03:09 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 18
Seeking 2015 FR3 30DS Owner or FR3 Veteran

Hello all, my wife and I are closing in on a new purchase of a 2015 FR3 30DS, manufactured post 12/14. We understand that the newly manufactured coaches have an 18,000 BTU Atwood Quiet Command Ducted Roof A/C and Pioneer Electronics Package, amongst other notable upgrades. We really want to get a coach with the higher powered and more efficient A/C (Texas residents) and the Pioneer package is a nice touch.

I see a common complaint with the 13,500 BTU & 15,000 BTU A/C units amongst the FR3 community so I would love to get feedback on the 18,000 BTU A/C unit. Does anyone have one of these 18K BTU A/C units or an FR3 30DS that came with one?

Also, I'd love to connect with an RV veteran over the phone (preferably FR3 owner) that wouldn't mind sharing his/her wisdom with owning/maintaining a Class A and expectations for RV'ing fulltime across the country.

Thank you all!
__________________

__________________
MarkA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2015, 12:26 AM   #2
fdp
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 35
I have the same concern. I purchased a 2014/2015 DS30 in October. We will be using it in Arizona this summer and don't feel that the 15000 AC unit is going to keep the MH reasonably cool.
__________________

__________________
fdp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2015, 05:23 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
JerseyGuy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 120
We will be adding a standalone unit on its own circuit if we ever get above 20F.

The 15k handled 105F last May in Phoenix but we want additional cooling this year.


2014 FR3 30DS In New Jersey
__________________
JerseyGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2015, 06:31 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Online_17's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 120
Well I have the 12500 unit and can tell you....it sucks! Buying first year units are not always a good idea. We were the guinea pigs. Hmm ... new thread idea.... fellow guinea pigs, feel appreciated? Lol
__________________
Online_17 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2015, 07:02 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
b1barnes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Spirit Lake, ID
Posts: 162
Just an fyi, the new unit is only 15000 truely but equivalent to 18000.. It does have a heat pump so it will warm and has some nice other features like a very quite fan

so will it really cool better, the jury is still out.
__________________
b1barnes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2015, 11:25 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 104
FR3 air conditioner

How do you put heat on through the air conditioner?
__________________
welder is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2015, 01:18 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by b1barnes View Post
Just an fyi, the new unit is only 15000 truely but equivalent to 18000.. It does have a heat pump so it will warm and has some nice other features like a very quite fan

so will it really cool better, the jury is still out.
Hi b1Barnes, Thank you for weighing in. Do you have one of the 18K BTU units? Trying to figure out how you came across this information. You are saying the new 18K BTU units are really only pushing 15k BTU's?
__________________
MarkA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2015, 08:56 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Florida & Minnesota
Posts: 115
Atwood A/C

The new Atwood A/C unit is 15000 BTU. They claim it's the equivalent of a 18000 BTU unit. In speaking with a Forest River rep, he said it cooled better, was quieter and was a heat pump, so it heated, too. The controls also look better than previous units. It also draws fewer amps than previous unit. I don't have one, so I can't confirm, but that's how it's being described.
__________________
Jay & Jane
2014 FR3 30DS
FL & MN

Live Aloha
spicyrv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2015, 11:56 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
b1barnes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Spirit Lake, ID
Posts: 162
Thanks, SPICYRV.. That is what out was going to say..
__________________
b1barnes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2015, 01:05 PM   #10
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 18
Thanks for input everyone. We factory ordered a 2016 FR3 30DS and expect it the first of April. We'll post our experience with the new A/C and upgrades.
__________________

__________________
MarkA is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:00 PM.