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Old 01-16-2014, 06:24 AM   #1
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Low Profile A/C is it worth it?

Only option I'm still trying to decide on is the regular size or the low profile 13,500 btu second a/c unit. Anyone have opinions or better yet the actual spec between the 2. My dealer says you pick up about 3" of clearance.

If anyone has the low profile unit and can post up a few pictures I would be very grateful. It seems that it might look better but I'm trying the weigh the pros and cons.

Does the low profile cool just the same as the regular unit, etc...
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:52 AM   #2
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A dealer once gave me his opinion that the low profile units are nosier. Not sure if there is truth to this, but probably something to look into.
I was under the impression that most of the “regular units” are 15,000 btu instead or 13,500. If that is the case, probably better cooling and larger unit shouldn’t have to work as hard.
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:07 AM   #3
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I looked up the specs for the Sabre line but they don't list a height on their 5th wheels. Do you know what it is? If the height is already near 13' without the bedroom A/C, the 3" difference height between the two units may be very important.

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I have low profile in bedroom. It is loud, so we don't use it at night. Don't need 2 a/cs at night anyway.
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I'm between 13'2" & 13'4" with a normal size AC and one of the tallest 5ers out there. My Front AC only sits about an inch taller than the rear AC though. The low profile is more for aesthetics on 5ers, as most are not going to chance that low overpass. 5ers are designed and built to be under 13'6" with normal AC installed. Of course some may argue the wind drag on a full size unit, but when you're already pulling a sail, don't thing it really matters.
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Old 01-16-2014, 11:13 AM   #6
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anyone with the regular size a/c have any comments on how loud it is??
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Old 01-16-2014, 11:14 AM   #7
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My dealer gave us an option to upgrade the main A/C in the living area from 13,500 to 15,000. He says the front A/C is a 13,500 whether its a low profile or not.

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A dealer once gave me his opinion that the low profile units are nosier. Not sure if there is truth to this, but probably something to look into.
I was under the impression that most of the “regular units” are 15,000 btu instead or 13,500. If that is the case, probably better cooling and larger unit shouldn’t have to work as hard.
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Old 01-16-2014, 11:47 AM   #8
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I have the Penguin II (low profile), 13,500 BTU. It's 9 1/2" tall, 15.5 amps, and 96 lbs. My original height (2012 Sabre 32RCTS-6) was 12' 7" and with the 2nd AC installed in the bedroom I'm at about 13' 5". Just have to be aware of your height when traveling. I use 14' as a standard. It's noisy but any AC would be that is installed above the bed. I don't think you can get away from that. I will say that 13,500 BTU delivers plenty of cooling and I live in Arizona. I also like the looks of the low profile better.
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Any chance you can post a few pictures of the low profile A/C. Just curious how it looks. Is it louder than the standard A/C you had in your previous 5er.

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I have the Penguin II (low profile), 13,500 BTU. It's 9 1/2" tall, 15.5 amps, and 96 lbs. My original height (2012 Sabre 32RCTS-6) was 12' 7" and with the 2nd AC installed in the bedroom I'm at about 13' 5". Just have to be aware of your height when traveling. I use 14' as a standard. It's noisy but any AC would be that is installed above the bed. I don't think you can get away from that. I will say that 13,500 BTU delivers plenty of cooling and I live in Arizona. I also like the looks of the low profile better.
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I would ask the dealer for the manufactures spec’s on decibel levels for both the Dometic and Coleman Penguin, low profile and regular. We have had both Dometic and Coleman and much prefer the Coleman.
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