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Posted: 06/29/21 10:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for all the great suggestions! I do have it on the list of upgrades to swap out the AC unit. My original motivation is because it is so tall on the roof line, I think it is something like 14" or 17" tall if I recall. I have literally never seen a taller AC unit on an RV than what we have. It of course works amazing which is great, it's just too dang loud! I have followed the recent thread on the RecPro AC and like what I'm seeing there but funds are tight currently so probably not for a while.

As much as I would be ready to drop the money on the camper and upgrade that AC, the reality is that for the foreseeable future, it won't be our family method for camping. We are looking at adding a 5th wheel to the fleet. It won't be the same type of camping we have enjoyed with the freedom to park a camper just about anywhere of course but having extra space for all six of us will make trips MUCH easier on us. Our teenage daughters are quickly getting ready to spread their wings so we only have a couple of years left to have them bond to their baby sisters. Our goal is to take a multi month epic family road trip across the United States and the 5th wheel is the way we want to do it.

I'll be keeping the camper of course as I still intend to be able to go on my ATV trips and such plus when it is just the wife and I, it is perfect for shorter trips.


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Posted: 06/30/21 05:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I can guess your AC does not have fan switch to force it to low speed?
We spend lot of days in our campers with 124F outside, cooling down to 100 after midnight.
We got used to AC running whole night, but forced to low speed.
Beware that even AC is cooling center of TC to comfortable temperatures, the cabinets on south side can reach 140F, so don't keep perishables in them.
Ours sons were being relatively quiet babies, bit I still remember that between 1 and 2 years old is the hardest part as they get mobile and want to explore everything, while showing very little common sense and self-preservation. Can only imagine what it is with twins.
I think next summer this is going to be completely different story.
But I admire your drive to try. Most of people would spend those days in comfort of their sofa and TV remote.
We have a thread about RecPro AC.
I put 1 of them on my Sprinter conversion and it seems like very nice unit, although I did not take it for overnight in 120 yet.
100F in dry climate is not bad. I am on East Coast right now and with only 90F I am wet stepping out for just seconds.





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Get the 5th wheel and enjoy the family trips. We have been traveling with both our kids since they were 6 months old. They both will still go with us at 24 and 28 when they can. The new son in law has even gone and now wants his own. We just got back from a 12 day trip and both kids went. Great times.


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Buzzcut1 wrote:

I have a polar cub 9200 AC in my camper, We have been out in 113* heat at night in the desert with the AC going and I have never thought it was loud and neither has my wife. They do make a retro fan blade that is quieter for the newer RV AC units. You may want to look into that.


Could you post a link cause mine is way loud.

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We have a 7-month old baby on board and my new portable GE ac is handling the 109-degree CA weather well.

Blessing in disguise that this hopeless Camping World Service Departments were unable to repair my new
RV's a/c (twice) and re-scheduling would take months. Its very noisy anyways and definitely will disturb the baby's sleep.

I agree tho, months-old babies (maybe 3 or 5 years), just like going to Disneyland is not ideal.

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Your story reminds me when we had a tent trailer and our 6 month old wailed all night long and the whole campground could hear us!!! I can’t imagine twins and it being crazy hot out!! We too cut our trip short. We sold the tent trailer right away [emoticon] when the kids were super young my DW would stay at home for her vacation and I would take the kids out adventuring! [emoticon]

We always used the white noise makers with our kids and now my DW uses it on me to blurt out my snoring LOL!! Now when there’s no sound I have trouble sleeping :0 We are camping at Lake Powell and using the AC at night with the white noise maker really helps. My Coleman 9000 sounds like a 747 taking off and my head is inside the engine compartment but with the white noise drowns out the compressor firing on and off. I really need to do that fan swap out.

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anutami wrote:


We always used the white noise makers with our kids and now my DW uses it on me to blurt out my snoring LOL!! Now when there’s no sound I have trouble sleeping :0 We are camping at Lake Powell and using the AC at night with the white noise maker really helps. My Coleman 9000 sounds like a 747 taking off and my head is inside the engine compartment but with the white noise drowns out the compressor firing on and off. I really need to do that fan swap out.



Nice photo.. Thanks for sharing!

Your post makes me decide to go ahead with the big trouble and expense of repair of that jet engine noise a/c of mine after all.

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What noise, eh?? I love it and find the noise reassuring (noise = wealth production, no noise = famine)…I think some folks may have had ‘noise sheltered’ careers’’ - lol

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