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moving full time to yuma az. any advice on adding a 2nd ac unit. have a carriage 40' toyhauler. btu size,manufacturer,etc. any advice will be greatly appreciated. also need your input on how better to protect unit in the intense heat. thank you very much, ron

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If you can, put it under a cover of some sort. A roof that extends a few feet wider and longer than the RV to provide constant shade. Have all the windows covered with the see through snap on screens. The more shade the better.

15000 BTU Duo Therm is what we have and it keeps up with 90 plus outside heat. Two would be better.

Plan on doing outside things in the morning or late at night. The rest of the day requires access to A/C or a Swamp Cooler

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They are MADE to sit under the hot sun all day so no protection is necessary. Good luck / Skip


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Hi Ron,

I would go with a new Coleman 15K A/C unit since your having to put one on. From what I've read here and other forums, people prefer them over Dometic, and Carrier isn't available any more.

For the heat I will suggest using sun screen from Lowes or Homedepot on the outside of your coach. At least on any slides like the bedroom and kitchen. And where your refridgerator is located. It comes in 6 foot widths and some are more effecive than others.

Try to get highest blockage #(Blocks 75% of sun, 80%, 90%).. I use the black medium binder clips to the rain gutter at the roof level to hold the top of the sunscreen in place. Cut the screen at the bottom of the slide or area your covering and either use a stake or concrete pier w/ wood attached to top(Home Depot has these) with an eye bolt screwed into the wood, and use rope with a slip knot or bunge to secure sunscreen on the bottom.

For windows I used a sunscreen from EZ-Snap Products. It's a do it yourself product that works great! Much better than using Reflectix on the inside of the window to block the heat..EZ-Smap Direct

Other than that, try to find some "SHADE"!!!!

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thank you very for the great advice Hamshog
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HamsHog wrote:

Hi Ron,

I would go with a new Coleman 15K A/C unit since your having to put one on. From what I've read here and other forums, people prefer them over Dometic, and Carrier isn't available any more.

For the heat I will suggest using sun screen from Lowes or Homedepot on the outside of your coach. At least on any slides like the bedroom and kitchen. And where your refridgerator is located. It comes in 6 foot widths and some are more effecive than others.

Try to get highest blockage #(Blocks 75% of sun, 80%, 90%).. I use the black medium binder clips to the rain gutter at the roof level to hold the top of the sunscreen in place. Cut the screen at the bottom of the slide or area your covering and either use a stake or concrete pier w/ wood attached to top(Home Depot has these) with an eye bolt screwed into the wood, and use rope with a slip knot or bunge to secure sunscreen on the bottom.

For windows I used a sunscreen from EZ-Snap Products. It's a do it yourself product that works great! Much better than using Reflectix on the inside of the window to block the heat..EZ-Smap Direct

Other than that, try to find some "SHADE"!!!!

Regards, Hamshog


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thank you skipnchar,i will do my research as i didn't realize that.
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thank you bear II

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Well for an experience, I had an 30ft Laredo with one a/c. I went to work in Phexonic last March. Trust me one a/c wasn't enough. I call my wife on the way home and told her I trading this camper asap. I bought an jayco321RLTS with 2 a/c's and it the best move I made.

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I spent May, June and July in Casa Grande last year and my personal high temp experenced was 118. By the time we left we had several bubbles on our roof. You could also see where every screw was under the putty that held the front and rear cap on. There was a tiny bubble in the putty over the screw head. On the inside our wood work dried out to where we had 1/4 inch gaps in places. After returning to Minnesota our inside returned to normal but we now have several loose spots in our rubber roof. If you can park your camper so the ends face east and west, that way the sun is not heating up the long sides of your camper.

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