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Old 08-09-2012, 03:30 PM   #1
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Rockwood 8288ws air issues

Well, received an answer from Forest River on my UNDERSIZED air conditioner,(13,500 btu) Seems like "I" have to pay for an upgrade! Paid $36,000.00 for the trailer, I guess that was'nt enough!!
Just thought I'd let you people know, thanks for all your suggestions, much appreciated. Mike.
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Old 08-09-2012, 04:07 PM   #2
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Well, received an answer from Forest River on my UNDERSIZED air conditioner,(13,500 btu) Seems like "I" have to pay for an upgrade! Paid $36,000.00 for the trailer, I guess that was'nt enough!!
Just thought I'd let you people know, thanks for all your suggestions, much appreciated. Mike.
Just curious but how did they/you determine it was undersized?
Year make and model of unit?

We were having issues with ours and found the plenum at the a/c unit was never installed when a/c unit was set in roof allowing air to move freely within the roof.
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Old 08-09-2012, 06:04 PM   #3
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Air conditioner

When I was in the market for a trailer I was checking the Forest River web site and found this trailer to be what we needed. Buddy at the campsite told me to make certain the air conditioner was a 15,000btu(he has a 35ft. Sierra with air condition issues also) On the web site it states that the air conditioner is a 15,000btu. Wrote Forest River and gave them my serial #, was told it's a 13,500btu!!!!!! Nothing much I can do now? For the year, make and model: 2012 Rockwood 8288ws. Coleman air unit.
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:47 PM   #4
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The standard A/C is 13.5K...the 15K A/C is optional.

Rockwood Travel Trailers & Fifth Wheels Optional Features

Did you pay for the optional A/C, if so it's a whole other problem.

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Just curious but how did they/you determine it was undersized?
Year make and model of unit?

We were having issues with ours and found the plenum at the a/c unit was never installed when a/c unit was set in roof allowing air to move freely within the roof.
Ron
Ran into somewhat of a similar problem with ours, although we have a 15k unit. Found a lot of unnecessary "gaps" around the AC unit and the vent shaft as well as around the individual ceiling vents themselves. Some time and aluminum tape and the problem is resolved.

I tried to document my fix here: Second air conditioner
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Well, received an answer from Forest River on my UNDERSIZED air conditioner,(13,500 btu) Seems like "I" have to pay for an upgrade! Paid $36,000.00 for the trailer, I guess that was'nt enough!!
Just thought I'd let you people know, thanks for all your suggestions, much appreciated. Mike.
You paid how much? $36K US Dollars?
That seem alot for a Rockwood. I paid $27,500 US for my 2011 8285WS and it had a 15,000 btu AC. And yes the 15,000 btu is an option.
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Ran into somewhat of a similar problem with ours, although we have a 15k unit. Found a lot of unnecessary "gaps" around the AC unit and the vent shaft as well as around the individual ceiling vents themselves. Some time and aluminum tape and the problem is resolved.

I tried to document my fix here: Second air conditioner
Unfortunately I did not get pics as it was resolved at the dealer under warranty.
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:13 PM   #8
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A/C in fifthwheels

Our 2011 Rockwood 8280ws is our second fifthwheel rv. We have had problems keeping cool in hot climates. Our unit came with one 13,500 btu Coleman. Airflow is not the problem and after contacting Coleman and getting the testing data found the unit to be operating within specs. The only answer for fifthwheels to be used in hot climates is to have a 50 amp service and 2 a/c units. Due to health issues we have been forced to stay home in Texas this summer and the single a/c cannot keep up when the daytime temps are in the 100 deg. plus range. I had to have a cover built over the camper with sides to protect it from the direct sun. This helped, but still need more cooling. I had to add a 6500 btu window unit and this now keeps us cool. I went to this long winded post to help anyone who is thinking of purchasing a fifthwheel rv and will be using it in hot areas to get a unit with enough a/c capacity. Not much more to say on this issue. Hope to get the doctors claws out of me soon and back on the road. I hope this helps, good luck and safe and happy travels. Tom-s
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You paid how much? $36K US Dollars?
That seem alot for a Rockwood. I paid $27,500 US for my 2011 8285WS and it had a 15,000 btu AC. And yes the 15,000 btu is an option.

$36,000.00 Can. dollars. But they gave me $14,600.00 for my 2002 Prowler.P.S.-Prowler was like a fridge inside when the air was on!!!!)
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