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Old 06-12-2015, 02:37 PM   #1
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Is this A/C good enough?

I purchased a 2015 Palomino Palomini 180FB which has a A/C unit that is wall mounted. It says it is 5000 btus but it doesn't seen to do a good job. On a day that is in the mid-80's the camper never got below 75 degrees and that is also running a small fan on the floor to move the air around. The fan seems to help "stir up" the air. I would think a A/C of that size would do a good job but this one doesn't seem to do the job. Any advise or is anyone having the same problem with this type of A/C unit?
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Old 06-12-2015, 02:47 PM   #2
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I purchased a 2015 Palomino Palomini 180FB which has a A/C unit that is wall mounted. It says it is 5000 btus but it doesn't seen to do a good job. On a day that is in the mid-80's the camper never got below 75 degrees and that is also running a small fan on the floor to move the air around. The fan seems to help "stir up" the air. I would think a A/C of that size would do a good job but this one doesn't seem to do the job. Any advise or is anyone having the same problem with this type of A/C unit?
No, but I doubt a 5,000 BTU (small bedroom size) air conditioner will do much in a full size camper.
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Old 06-12-2015, 03:06 PM   #3
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If a 180 is an 18 footer you should be OK.
Not great but OK.
75 degree dehumidified air isn't bad.

I am in another group for tiny campers and there's one guy there that
has an 18 and he used to spend a lot of time in Mexico using a window
unit that wasn't more than you have. The plus was he could run it with
just a single Honda 2KW genny! Also much quieter than a roof AC.
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If a 180 is an 18 footer you should be OK.
Not great but OK.
75 degree dehumidified air isn't bad.

I am in another group for tiny campers and there's one guy there that
has an 18 and he used to spend a lot of time in Mexico using a window
unit that wasn't more than you have. The plus was he could run it with
just a single Honda 2KW genny! Also much quieter than a roof AC.
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The plus was he could run it with
just a single Honda 2KW genny! Also much quieter than a roof AC.
Both excellent points. For a tiny camper a tiny AC should be fine...
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Old 06-12-2015, 07:24 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone!!! I guess I'm used to our other camper that we have with a roof A/C. The reason I was asking is that in my house I use 2-5000 btu A/C (I only cool part of house which is about 1000 sq ft), and it is very comfortable in the house. Then I go to the camper and I can tell a big difference in the cooling and the bathroom door is close, so less area to cool. If it wasn't for the small fan we decided to run to help out, it would feel warmer.
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You have to remember too that your rig doesn't have much insulation, and you've got lots of windows. You might look at adding some heavier curtains you can pull around over your mini blinds. It helps keep things cooler in summer and warmer in colder temps.
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Lots of windows, and more importantly, a flat roof with very little insulation.
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All excellent replies so far.
Don't know if your AC unit pulls in air from the outside, inside or a combination of both?
Don't know if the unit has the option to select the Input Air Source?
What I do know is that, assuming the unit is running properly with the correct amount of refrigerant, the output air should be 28-30 degrees colder than the input air.
If you can select input air from inside the trailer, it will act much in the same way as a refrigerator or like the inside air mode on your car/truck AC.
You can buy a refrigeration thermometer for just a few dollars at most any building supply store or hardware.
This will give you something solid to base your answer on.
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