Air Con

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  1. mustaphapint

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    IT only uses 350 w which means that even if it's super efficient with a 3 fold efficiency factor then it will remove 1000 a watts of heat per hour.
    Which is not going to make any inroads into heat inside your MH.
    It will produce a cool draught to sit in front of, but that's about it.
     
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    Yes I have seen a cool my camper unit in a 7 meter caravan in 35c temperatures and it kept it at 23c although the unit was running all day from 9 in the morning before it got really hot
     
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    I think our air con unit is 9,000 BTU and it was running flat out to maintain 20 degrees in our van (7 metres) yesterday. I would sincerely doubt that this would perform anywhere near as well!
     
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    We have one of these built into the roof. It takes the place of a standard 400x400ml roof light. Quite efficient, and run on 12 volts.

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    Dometic Fresh light for me when I can persuade my wife to let me spend £2K :)
     
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    That's the one we have - bloody brilliant piece of kit!
     
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    Our roof mounted Dometic aircon was invaluable in Southern Spain last month.;)
     
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    The problem with Dometic air con is that it's most suited to being used on EHU. It will work off an inverter, but will quickly drain batteries.
    A good fan is more useful if wild camping or using Aires.
    We had a roof vent fan removed so we could fit Air Con - I regret this now
     
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    Fleshed out review please .
     
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    OK, fleshed out a little.
    We originally had air con fitted by the dealer who sold us the van. We had terrific trouble with water pouring in through it whenever it rained. That unit was used a lot when we were on holiday, but it was very noisy, and couldn't really cope in hot weather. I can't remember what model it was, I asked @eddievanbitz to chuck it in the bin when he replaced it with the new one! :D
    Anyway, the new one, so much quieter when running, the led lighting works from 12v and it seems to push out much colder air. My daughter and I slept in the van the other night with it running with no issues.
    One feature I do like is the 'I Feel', push this, and put the remote in the area where you are. The transponder in the remote transmits the temperature every 10 minutes. I know lots have this, but it didn't work on our old one!
     
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    Spot on (y)
    Luckily we have all options covered.
    Aircon for when on ehu
    A nice big 14" fan which runs all night off the inverter and just had a 12v roof vent fitted in the bedroom as part of the refurbishment work we're having done.
    Pick the van up tomorrow hope its a good job :eek:
     
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    Fancy you mentioning this again after the brickbats you got last time - how is your legionella :whistle: ?

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    Yup very true, off the inverter the aircon draws 50amps, so would kill the batteries in about 2 hours. For the times we are off grid we use gin & tonic! :D
     
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    Cured! And I didn't think anyone would remember............:( Apart from THAT, it still works great, and does the job. Could do with some spares though, but struggling........
     
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    To add to your list;
    It also has a 'soft start' feature which means it draws less power on start up, therefore reducing the likelihood of tripping EHU
     
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    I did not know that!
    Another one, it has an auto mode, so it will cool or heat depending on the internal temperature!
     
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    We are off to Portugal in Aug / Sept so I'm hoping that that sweltering experience will sway my wife to let me open the wallet !
     
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    Mine has soft start and auto temp mode dread to think what it cost back in 02 when my van was built.:eek:
     
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    That's what swayed my wife. After years of renting with no aircon, I just said "shall we fit air con" and she said YES! In fact I think she said it before I finished the sentence!
     
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