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cruz-in

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Posted: 01/16/12 04:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi,

So has anyone had experience using a portable A/C and dehumidifier in a 5er? Seems like it could solve two problems. One add a little umph to the A/C in the summer when needed and serve as a dehumidifier in the winter (or shoulder season) camping).

Any thoughts?

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If I were doing it, I would install a 110V outlet in the trailer and run a short pigtail with 3 prong plug to the outside. Then get a heavy extension cord and plug into the 110 20 amp plug on the campground supply.
Leaves the wife more amps for the Kitchen and regular A/C

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Yeah it just seems like it might be the way to go. A small one could store under the bed and be removed when needed to dehumidify or assist in the cooling....

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Posted: 01/16/12 07:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So Cruz, did you decide not to do the second A/C on your OR?

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johnvb wrote:

So Cruz, did you decide not to do the second A/C on your OR?


still debating my options....the use of a portable A/C intrigued me....lots of nice units for less than $300.....plus DW does not want to give up the "skylight" in the BR so considering all options.

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Don't bother with the standalone dehumidifier. It won't do anything but warm up your rig in the heat.


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OH contrair ScottG....you will not believe all the water our dehumidifier removes when we camp in cold weather....and since we don't have dual thermo windows, it eliminates just about all the condensation on the windows......

worth it - just be sure to get one as quiet as possible.


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ScottG wrote:

Don't bother with the standalone dehumidifier. It won't do anything but warm up your rig in the heat.


Hummm reading the literature on them, they say they will actually cool the rig a bit (although not my purpose as i would use it in the winter). I suspect in the dehumidizer mode, it runs the A/C coils a bit to take the water out of the air.

Does your dehumidifier need vented to the outside?

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I never used my A/C and dehumidifier in cold weather, but it work great as a supplemental A/C. I spent 4 weeks last summer in South Texas and Las Vegas. Daily temps were 95 to 107 with my outside thermometer showing 113 in Las Vegas. My Laredo 265RL's 13500 A/C would not keep up, especially in Vegas (Had covered windows with foil reflective bubble wrap, covered roof vents, but shower skylight was a problem)

The stand alone A/C unit enabled me to keep inside temps in low 80's using extra fan for air movement. I also had wired my unit with extra breaker box to use the 20 amp. on the outside pedestal (my laredo is only 30 amp., so couldn't have use both A/C's otherwise) You also need to vent the stand alone A/C, which I was able to do out one of my slide windows.

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Posted: 01/17/12 07:35am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Many years ago I used a small 110 A/C unit in a trailer with the roof mounted one and it worked great. I just put it in a window and made a frame out of plywood, and stored under bed.


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