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Old 07-09-2012, 08:32 AM   #1
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Two AC's on Fifth Wheel

Looking for any advice from those who run two units on their 5'vers.

We primarily camp in the south ( weekend warrior & a couple of 7 day trips) and have camped comfortably with careful planning and site selection in our past TT with one AC.
We're moving into a 32' fifth wheel soon and wondering if we should purchase a two AC unit ( additional expense not an issue).
Any helpful opinions would be great!
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:40 AM   #2
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We primarily camp in the south ( weekend warrior & a couple of 7 day trips) and have camped comfortably with careful planning and site selection in our past TT with one AC.
We're moving into a 32' fifth wheel soon and wondering if we should purchase a two AC unit ( additional expense not an issue).
Any helpful opinions would be great!
After the heat we have seen this summer already, I would not be without 2 A/C's. I would have had to cancel two trips already if we had not had the second A/C on our 35' fifth wheel. Earlier in the year when it was in the lower 80's I thought we would not need to use the bedroom unit but with all the windows my fiver has and the inability to always park in a shaded area I am sure glad we have it. Last week with partial shade on the West side (afternoon sun) at an outside temp of 103 degrees, both A/C's on high all day long with reflective material on some of the windows, the two A/C's kept it at 81 degrees inside.
Get the second A/C.
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:47 AM   #3
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yes.

i have a 33' fith wheel. went to yellowstone first year that i had it and the single a/c ran constantly while in Cody. it was cool but it didn't quiet keep up.

installed a/c #2 right after Rita (2004). Made a trip thru the Decota's in 2005 where it was 114 deg during the day. the second unit worked well for us.
More recently, we camped on the lake near tyler, tx...no shade. temp outside ran abt 100. one unit would not have cooled enough but two worked well.

the heat in the dacotas is not quiet the same as here; days are very hot but nights cool considerably more.

you also have a/c if one develops a problem...that seems to happen on a Holiday weekend.

when i camp on 30 amps, i don't run both. we usually run the living room a/c during the day and the bd room one at night (tends to block outside noise). i probably could run both but i would have to shut off the hw heater and not use the microwave. if both tried to start at the same time, it probably would trip the breaker.

there wasn't much difference between the price of a reg a/c and a heat pump so i installed a heat pump.
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:50 AM   #4
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Installed my 2nd a/c unit last week on our 365saq, and over the past weekend with outside temps up to 104 and full sun, our unit never got above 75. Definitely go for it!
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:03 AM   #5
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I wouldn't be without two A/C's in any fifth wheel with more than one slideout or over 30 feet long.

My previous trailer was a Wildcat that was 30 feet long with two slideouts and the one 15k A/C couldn't keep up in the summer.
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:15 PM   #6
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I agree with having 2 A/C's. Recently traded our 6 year old 32' Ultra Light in and had one A/C and never could keep up with the hot Texas summers. New TH has 2 A/C's but imagine it will be the same given it's 43', especially when plugged into 30amp service. My solution to that is to purchase a portable A/C unit from home depot to put in the garage to cool it down while running on generator power then go to shore power at night. Will also keep the 2 labs in the back cool/warm when we are away.
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:38 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone for the replies... I had a feeling the answer to my question was going to be yes!
Stay cool
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Just to add my 2 pennies, we had our bedroom A/C go out on a 100 degree July day last summer in a full sun campground. I can assure you it would have been a lot more comfortable with both units, but with two units, if one goes out you don't just fry. It is good if for nothing else than to have that backup.
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:19 PM   #9
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We have just put a 3rd on our camper!!!
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:47 PM   #10
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I agree with having 2 A/C's. Recently traded our 6 year old 32' Ultra Light in and had one A/C and never could keep up with the hot Texas summers. New TH has 2 A/C's but imagine it will be the same given it's 43', especially when plugged into 30amp service. My solution to that is to purchase a portable A/C unit from home depot to put in the garage to cool it down while running on generator power then go to shore power at night. Will also keep the 2 labs in the back cool/warm when we are away.
We recently had a Dometric PII 13,500 BTU A/C installed in our 2012 Silverback 29 rk bedroom. It works great and came in handy this week in Texas. Only complain from the DW is the loudness of it. But it is unducted and when you move that much CFM though the vents you are going to get some noise.
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