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Old 01-08-2013, 06:22 PM   #1
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I am purchasing a Sabre 281RLDS which is a 31ft 7in fifth wheel camper with one large and one small slide in it. It only has one AC the upgrade 15 model not the 13.5 smaller unit. Anyone with a similar unit that can comment on the camper remaining cool in hot weather would be greatly appreciated. Thanks jtant
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:29 PM   #2
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I am purchasing a Sabre 281RLDS which is a 31ft 7in fifth wheel camper with one large and one small slide in it. It only has one AC the upgrade 15 model not the 13.5 smaller unit. Anyone with a similar unit that can comment on the camper remaining cool in hot weather would be greatly appreciated. Thanks jtant
I guess I would need to understand what you consider hot???

Here in AZ when it can hit 115F easily during the summer you have to run a 15 in the LR & a 13.5 in the BR. This is pretty much a required addon for most folks in any RV here.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:26 PM   #3
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I have 2 AC's so we stay pretty cool in hot summer weather in the SE but I can offer a couple of suggestions among many there are:

1. Always get a shaded site especially protected from the west exposing side.

2. When you know it's gonna be a scorcher the next day, crank your AC down low in the night as if you were a penguin and it'll keep your camper reasonable comfortable into late afternoon.

Have fun!
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Thanks for the replies but still looking to hear from someone with only one AC. Summer of 2011 we took a 30ft travel trailer out west with a 13.5 AC. Painted Desert we stayed at Holbrook, Az with no problem. Grand Canyon we stayed at Williams, Az no problem. Las Vegas we stayed on Lake Meade an there we had a bbbiiiggg problem. About 107 and we could not get the camper cool during the day. 85+ degrees in the camper. The rest of the trip through Salt Lake City, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, and Colorado Springs was great but Lake Meade, probably one of the most beautiful campsites I have had was absolute misery. At home in Tennessee most of the time I have some shade and have not had any problem at home or in dozens of other locations in a dozen other states but for some reason (107 degrees) Lake Meade was almost unbearable. Just wondering what other single AC camper experience has been. Do they often run into situations where they can't cool their rigs? For me it is only the one time but one I don't want to repeat. Thanks again for your replies and tips. JT
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Thanks for the replies but still looking to hear from someone with only one AC. Summer of 2011 we took a 30ft travel trailer out west with a 13.5 AC. Painted Desert we stayed at Holbrook, Az with no problem. Grand Canyon we stayed at Williams, Az no problem. Las Vegas we stayed on Lake Meade an there we had a bbbiiiggg problem. About 107 and we could not get the camper cool during the day. 85+ degrees in the camper. The rest of the trip through Salt Lake City, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, and Colorado Springs was great but Lake Meade, probably one of the most beautiful campsites I have had was absolute misery. At home in Tennessee most of the time I have some shade and have not had any problem at home or in dozens of other locations in a dozen other states but for some reason (107 degrees) Lake Meade was almost unbearable. Just wondering what other single AC camper experience has been. Do they often run into situations where they can't cool their rigs? For me it is only the one time but one I don't want to repeat. Thanks again for your replies and tips. JT
JT, You have answered your own question but from experance we had only one unit in our first camper and like you it was misery, after adding secound unit great. Spend the money and get yourself another unit for the RV. RVing is all about fun and one day and night of comfort will be worth every dollar spent.
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Thanks for the replies but still looking to hear from someone with only one AC. Summer of 2011 we took a 30ft travel trailer out west with a 13.5 AC. Painted Desert we stayed at Holbrook, Az with no problem. Grand Canyon we stayed at Williams, Az no problem. Las Vegas we stayed on Lake Meade an there we had a bbbiiiggg problem. About 107 and we could not get the camper cool during the day. 85+ degrees in the camper. The rest of the trip through Salt Lake City, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, and Colorado Springs was great but Lake Meade, probably one of the most beautiful campsites I have had was absolute misery. At home in Tennessee most of the time I have some shade and have not had any problem at home or in dozens of other locations in a dozen other states but for some reason (107 degrees) Lake Meade was almost unbearable. Just wondering what other single AC camper experience has been. Do they often run into situations where they can't cool their rigs? For me it is only the one time but one I don't want to repeat. Thanks again for your replies and tips. JT
I once owned a 32' TT with 2 slides and one 15K AC...stayed in a campground with no trees, lot of asphalt and concrete pad during a heat wave...110 for a high.
Remember, your camper AC will only cool down about 20 degrees than outside temp...solution, we no longer camped in those conditions and/or get out of the camper for the day and head to a building with AC.

Need two AC's if your gonna be in a lot of these situations...IMO
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Not sure what kind of answer you are looking for...a 30' camper with only one A/C will be hot in summer, especially out West!! Been there, done that and had a second unit installed in the new unit before we left the dealer.
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To add to the other comments above...The only time we see a 30'+ trailer without 2 ACs here in the southwest deserts ... they have out of state license plates.

My new trailer only comes with 1 AC but is pre-wired for the BR AC...You can bet I will have that installed before the heat comes.

So really it's your choice ... Avoid the desert or add another AC and enjoy the desert.

Best of luck to you and happy campin!
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Not sure what answer I am looking for either, just others experience. I have stayed in situations where it was miserable outside but could always rest in my cool camper. Don't know why Meade was so bad but that is really my only experience where the camper could not handle the situation. Just wondering if anyone experienced this a great deal but guess if someone did they would make a change as some have suggested. JT
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We have a 31 RETS ( 36 ft ) with 3 slides. Last spring in the Coachella Valley ( the desert east of LA ) we saw temps of 107. At the time we only had the one AC ( 15 model ) and were only able to keep the interior only about 15 degrees below ambient temps. The site we were in had no shade and was gravel. We returned in late August with the second ( bedroom ) AC installed and were able to keep the interior cool with outdoor temps up to 118. For us the second AC was definitely worth it.

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