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Old 08-05-2011, 02:02 AM   #1
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Hey y'all, The King family here from Central Coast of California. Never owned one of these home away from home jobbers before. So, here we go, jumping in with both feet. Admittedly we have absolutely NO idea what we are doing.
Just purchased a 2012 Crusader 320rlt. Bought it first and foremost for my husband to live in about 6 mos out of the year in Yuma while he works there. Hotels get old real fast.....
Been lurking around the forum here for a couple of weeks and decided to jump on board.

Know of any threads that discuss tips on how to survive the HOT weather in one of these things?
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Old 08-05-2011, 07:59 AM   #2
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to the forum and congratulations on the new camper!

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...tips on how to survive the HOT weather in one of these things?
Being from Phoenix AZ, I fully understand the heat and have found the best way to survive it is to be somewhere else!
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Old 08-05-2011, 08:36 AM   #3
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welcome!! we too jumped in with both feet, never camped, never tented, nothing-- but, it is the single best thing we have ever done. we've been learning little tricks and things real quick, and everyone at the campgrounds seem so friendly and wonderful , they are always more than happy to help us with anything we need. we have been out every other week or weekend this summer so far. i think i may cry when i have to winterize it!!! good luck!!!!
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Old 08-05-2011, 08:42 AM   #4
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That is one big benefit of having a HOT summer...never winterize and never stop camping!
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Old 08-05-2011, 08:53 AM   #5
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Always good to see another Prime Time owner on here.

As far as the AC in hot temps, get a couple of small fans to move the air around inside the trailer. That always helps. You may also want to run your AC fan on high. That will help keep it from freezing up.

We recently camped where the temps reached over 100º, We used a small fan inside and ran the AC fan on high during the day and auto during the night. We set the thermo at 76º and inside the trailer never got above 78º.

Here's a link to the Prime Time section on this forum; Prime Time - Forest River Forums

Hope this helps.

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Old 08-05-2011, 11:33 AM   #6
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As far as the AC in hot temps, get a couple of small fans to move the air around inside the trailer. That always helps. You may also want to run your AC fan on high. That will help keep it from freezing up.

Thanks all for the welcome!
But would like to ask a little more about the AC suggestion. The RV will be unattended all day from about 6:30am till 4:30pm while at work. Don't think we want to run AC on high all day while no one is there, but sounds like running it low is a real bad idea.....Should I be giving serious thought to running it on high while I am gone???? Or not run it at all till I get home, and just deal with the stuffy heat.....(hope the fridge will keep the beer cold) do these RV's cool down fairly quickly? Will for sure invest in small fans.
I will definitely search out "schooling" from my "New Neighbors" when I arrive at the Park.

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Old 08-05-2011, 03:42 PM   #7
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When I mentioned running the AC on high, I meant the fan on high. The AC will still cycle on and off. Of course that is if the room temp matches the thermo set temp. The fan will run continuously on high, but that will help keep the AC from freezing up..

Using the On/Off Mode set the digital thermo on FAN. Use the +/- to set the fan on HIGH. Then using the On/Off Mode set the thermo on COOL. Use the +/- to set the desired temp.

One more thing. When the fan is set on AUTO and the actual room temp is 5º or more, the fan will run on high. When the actual room temp reaches within 4º or less than the set room temp, the fan will stop for a couple of seconds then come back on running on the LOW fan setting.
The first couple of times mine did this I though I had a problem. Until I read the manual!

Good luck. I hope this helps.

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Thanks for the clarification. This is going to be valuable info. Really appreciate tour time.
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No problem. That's what this forum is for.
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