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Old 05-27-2011, 10:18 AM   #11
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Susan, check out this bulk material.
I actually already bought some material - sun shade fabric in a neutral buff color. The question is on how to attach it. My sweet husband is reluctant to deface the outside of the motorhome with velcro or snaps. That is where the magnet idea came from.

I am wondering if anyone else has played around with this. Obviously keeping the sun from hitting the side of the unit would make a difference - especially the windshield which is not dual pane!
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Old 05-27-2011, 10:56 AM   #12
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Last I checked magnets won't work on Aluminum.

You are pretty much stuck (pardon the pun) with snaps or velcro on the outside. Inside you have more options.
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:16 PM   #13
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Recreational Vehicles Windshield Covers

Saw this on TV a while ago. Not sure if it will work for you but it's a starting point.
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Old 05-27-2011, 03:21 PM   #14
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Last I checked magnets won't work on Aluminum. You are pretty much stuck (pardon the pun) with snaps or velcro on the outside. Inside you have more options.

Ha Ha Ha! Funny, no I wasn't thinking of using the magnets on the fiberglass sides but rather on both sides of the windows! Especially that big greenhouse called a windshield!
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Old 05-27-2011, 03:27 PM   #15
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Ha Ha Ha! Funny, no I wasn't thinking of using the magnets on the fiberglass sides but rather on both sides of the windows! Especially that big greenhouse called a windshield!
The window frames are aluminum, not steel, in a travel trailer.
OH, you have a motor home!!!

I TOTALLY appologize.
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Old 05-27-2011, 03:32 PM   #16
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The window frames are aluminum, not steel, in a travel trailer.
I was thinking on the inside and outside of the glass so the magnets would hold the shade cloth in place through the glass. Saying both sides wasn't very clear was it?
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Old 05-27-2011, 05:33 PM   #17
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I pulled off one of the round ceiling vents in the kitchen one time because the ac didn't seem to be working real well. Was I surprised when I could see light coming from the vent area for the fridge. used some great stuff and filled it in.
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Old 05-27-2011, 06:18 PM   #18
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Didn't realize there were vents on the a/c unit until herk mentioned it above. All mine were open, but still seemed like I got a fair amount of air out of the vents. Biggest problem so far is that after running the a/c for awhile, the round vents have a tendency to close. Was hoping the vented a/c would be more quiet than my old unit that the air came straight from the a/c unit, but it doesnt seem so. Maybe with the vents closed on the a/c unit it might make a difference.
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Old 06-04-2011, 08:44 AM   #19
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I have the same model, same year, you have and just spent the last week at Henderson State Park in Destin Fl. I too had trouble with the A/C keeping up. There was a 20 degree drop in temp between the return air and the output A/C (15,000 BTU unit) so the A/C was doing as well as it could. But, I found that there was hot air coming throught the return screen from the cargo hold area. The return screen is located in the entertainment center. It is the botton left door. You will find it is not a opening door so you have to take the screw out of the right hinge they us to hold it shut. The return I'm assuming is used when heating the cargo hold in the winter. I opened the door and installed a block on the door, on the inside, and closed the door. It helped a lot. I was able to maintain 72 degrees with 97 degrees outside, but the A/C still did not cycle from 11am until 7pm. That was with the unit dump sldes open. I also found that the thermistat on mine may not be working properly. I have it set for 78 and it continues to run even though the temp it 72. If I tap the thermistat when it is at 72 it will cycle, but it will not go on again until it reaches 82 degree in the rv. Not good. The lovely wife gets hot and the trouble starts. So I'm calling my dealer today.
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The screen door under the TV is for heat cycle and ---

Sorry Ladies and gentlemen, didn't me to hi-jack
the post, I had to go back and read to see what happened.

SORRY

Patrick, the screen door under the television is for the SUB-WOOFER speaker that is located in the compartment behind the screen door. It is also for the recycle of the heating system return air in the winter.

When I first got my 8285WS in Jan 2011, there is not a place I have not been in or looked at. The first thing I did when I got my 5 VER was to get a can of insulating foam, fill in around all the openings in the floor (under sink next to water heater, in storage compartment behind the false panel)
I stuffed fiberglass insulation around the heater duct, wiring, water pipes
near the water filter behind the door that you have to remove two screws to gain access. You have to remember there is also are openings underneath the lavatory in the bath for pipes, vent line, laundry chute. I only made a small drop-in panel for the laundry chute opening (D/W thought a small person might use this to get inside through the storage compt in case I left it open. LOL !

Hope this makes sense ????

Patrick, there is a web site that details how to change your analog thermostat to a HUNTER digital. ( about $20.00) Just type in convert analog thermostat in RV to Hunter digital thermostat. It will give you the wireing diagram. The hunter is about 1 1/2į differential (very accurate).

If you will PM me, I will give you details about how to change it and add a HI-LO fan switch to the thermostat.

The biggest improvement I have made about the A/C is the plenum box opening. I get more air now out of the vents on the door side because it is the air flow direction from the squirrel cage fan blower as it is cycled from the A/C on the roof. That is the direction of the flow of air as it comes off the fan down into the plenum box.

As I have stated before, I believe my A/C air flow has increased 75% to 100 + %. It really works !!!!!!!!

I will try the plastic rain gutter 90į elbow trimmed to fit into the vent to smooth the air flow as it goes from plenum to vent ducts. This will be my next project to even improve the air flow.

The air flow has increased so much now that when you open the "DUMP VENTS",there is less air coming out of the "DUMPS" because it now has less restriction in the plenum, the air now is traveling to the ducts and the round diffusers.
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