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Posted: 03/13/19 11:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does Ford motor provide enough heat/air for comfort or do you have to run the RV heat/air for comfort?

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A lot of variables. How hot/cold outside? Are you trying to heat/cool the entire motorhome or just the cockpit area? While traveling we usually only need the chassis heat/cool to stay comfortable. Does a pretty good job. There have been times during summer heat when we run the RV air and the furnace in very cold weather.


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Does Ford motor provide enough heat/air for comfort or do you have to run the RV heat/air for comfort?

It might keep you alive, but that's about it and all that one can expect from a unit that's actually no bigger than a car's system.
Hanging a curtain behind the cockpit will help, if you're not willing to use the genset or the forced air furnace.


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It all depends upon the RV manufacturer and how well they have insulated the house that rides on Ford's chassis. I have never needed more than the chassis heat or A/C while traveling coast to coast or border to border. It keeps the whole house comfortable. And I do not need to run it on high setting.

Some RV are entry level and some are 4 season equipped.

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It depends on your definition of comfort. As you can see from the few replies you have already, some will think the dash air is enough, and others...like me....need the house A/Cs or furnace running too.


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I live in Florida and our motor home is 37' long. During the summer, I definitely have to run at least one of the AC units with the generator. If it was just the wife and I, I might be able to get along with just the dash air but I wouldn't be comfortable. We travel with our dogs which ride in the middle of the motor home so they would be hot without running one of the AC units. Like others have said, it depends on the motor home and how you define "comfortable".

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dcmac214 wrote:

Does Ford motor provide enough heat/air for comfort or do you have to run the RV heat/air for comfort?


Ford does NOT provide HVAC in class A motorhomes. All Ford provides is the compressor, condenser & receiver/dryer. The rest of the components are provided by the coach builders.

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dcmac214 wrote:

Does Ford motor provide enough heat/air for comfort or do you have to run the RV heat/air for comfort?


Ford does NOT provide HVAC in class A motorhomes. All Ford provides is the compressor, condenser & receiver/dryer. The rest of the components are provided by the coach builders.

Richard


In some (not all) cases Ford also provides the dash mounted control panel and some of the related wiring/vacuum system for the chassis HVAC on the F53 Class A.

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My only concern is the use of gasoline. In my experience, the dash air drops your mileage almost 1 mile per gallon. Using the generator and the house air is a lot more economical and cools the entire coach. The dash heat should be okay to heat the cockpit. I just prefer the house heat.


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Almost always run the genset and house AC in the coach or the furnace depending on the time of year. For us, it's one of the reasons we bought a motorhome, to have all the comforts of home in a rolling apartment. The additional fuel usage is negligible at best. Our comfort is far more important.

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