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Old 09-06-2016, 04:13 PM   #1
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Full time 5th Wheel living in Phoenix in the summer - what rig to buy?

It seems as though all of the so-called "Four-Seasons" 5th Wheel manufacturers focus on the cold weather. I would like to know how any of them would fare in an extremely hot environment, like Phoenix, AZ during the summer (120 degrees)
If you've got some experience with living full time in your Fifth Wheel in the Phoenix or Mesa, AZ area, I would sure like to hear from you about what rig you have and how your unit coped with the extreme heat.
I've pretty much exhausted my search about tips and tricks to reduce the heat. What I'd really like to know is what brand 5th Wheel you have that's made your living in the valley a reasonable venture.
We want to buy a 5th Wheel and make Mesa, AZ our full time home until we retire and can snowbird.
Thanks very much!

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Old 09-06-2016, 04:38 PM   #2
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There are several mentions on here about insulating the inside of the a/c housing. I am no desert camper, but I do know a/c stuff. If you didn't mind shading the a/c on the roof at stops... the shade on the unit would help also. It would be a fabricated and made so as to not interfere with the air flow. Maybe PVC pushed together and a cover made of the outdoor awning tarp would work. Just a thought.

Of course the reflect-it stuff on the windows.

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Old 09-16-2016, 08:38 AM   #3
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I have a Primetime Crusader which is 4 seasons.
I can say when it's above 100 degrees I pretty much don't use it.
At 100 degrees the AC runs full time and gradually loses from 75 degrees in the AM to 84 degrees around 3:00pm and that's when it's only 100 degrees outside.
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Old 09-18-2016, 05:37 PM   #4
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Do you have second AC. You cannot believe the difference. In SE Georgia and no problems after installing.
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