Air Conditioning - Worthwhile Or Unnecessary?

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Air Conditioning - Worthwhile Or Unnecessary?

  1. I already have air conditioning

    45.5%
  2. Yes - I'm looking to buy something

    1.1%
  3. Yes - if the price is right

    18.2%
  4. Nope - I sit outside in the shade or wildcamp

    12.5%
  5. Nope - I don't go anywhere warm enough

    5.7%
  6. Nope - They're not necessary

    17.0%
  1. Sidney

    Sidney Funster

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    When in Europe recently we noticed that most European motorhomes had roof-top satellite dishes and some had air conditioning.

    Do you use or would you consider roof-top air conditioning or one of units that hang on the window?
     
  2. knokinonabit

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    I worked in the Middle East for a number of years and it was a God (Allah ?) send.
    I would definately consider it if I was heading to somewhere where it was very hot, such as Greece, during the summer months.
     
  3. Don Quixote

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    We have it and to be honest it's great as we live in Spain, however you need to be hooked up for the mains, which is a pain sometimes when you want to go "wild"

    Some months into owning our MH we met couple who had a 12volt fan fitted in the roof lights in living area and bedroom and boy oh boy did that work well. When we got home we had one fitted to the bedroom area and now have the best of both worlds.
     
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    We have a 12 volt extractor fan above the kitchen area in our MH. Is that the type that you mean ? It can blow air out or suck it in, depending on which direction you set it to, and has variable speeds.
     
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    Are we voting to cab or habitation A/C
     
  6. JJ

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    We have a TravelCool thingy in the Hymer.

    It is not necessary but it is worthwhile...

    JJ :Cool:
     
  7. haganap

    haganap Funster Life Member

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    It will all depend on where you go?

    Example, we had on last van, used it 2 or 3 times in 3 years.

    Not got on this van, have never missed it.

    Do have cab air con though :thumb:
     
  8. knokinonabit

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    Hopefully hab, cos I already have it in the cab :Blush:
     
  9. WAG2CRU

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    We wanted something mainly for the dogs in summer but didn't want to carry the weight around all the time, we bought one of the cool my camper units, haven't yet tried it in anger yet but it tests out ok, I will add a 12v fan as well.
     
  10. sdc77

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    Ahh.. we've been looking at getting one of these.. At £450 it may well be a very cost effective way to go and would be interested to hear what anyone else who has one thinks of them.
     
  11. Bailey58

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    I remember Haganap and I discussed this on a long ago thread, we have a Dometic roof mounted aircon fed by mains of course but also runs off a 1600w inverter and wired for use while travelling. Probably installed for a season in Spain but useful in the UK whilst on the move as the van has no cab aircon. Don't think I'd bother if and when we change.
     
  12. Sidney

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    There's nothing on Fun. But there's a review here
     
  13. DuxDeluxe

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    I purchased a battery/12v fan in USA. Can't remember the make but it is really quiet and gives a good breeze. It was about half the price in USA. Would like AC but not really worth it at the moment
     
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    I had it once and didn't get on with it. The second I went from outside into the aircon room I poured with sweat and felt really uncomfortable.

    My Eura Mobil however had a really cool system (no pun intended)

    It pulled cool air from under the van, filtered it and then distributed it from a vent that ran all round the top of the van.

    It was brilliant. The van wasn't cold, but it felt fresh and didn't require any windows to be open which was a godsend as far as flying insects was concerned. I will be creating a system like this on my next self build...
     
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    Cheers for that..
    It does sound quite attractive...
    1.5a is pretty cool too :Cool:
     
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    We had one in our motorhome - absolutely perfect for chilling down a hot van when you have been out for a wander.
     
  17. Don Quixote

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    Sorry for late reply, parked up now so can catch up. It is called fiamma turo-vent. Also forgot to say the air-con is noisy when cooling at full speed.

    Fitted this:
     

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  18. knokinonabit

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    Glad you parked up before you replied ::bigsmile:

    Different make but same type of thing as ours.

    Thanks :thumb:
     
  19. eddievanbitz

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    As we have dogs which we take abroad I consider it essential

    We have dash air con and ducted roof air conditioning. Also three of our four roof vents are power vents with variable speed control so we can have them on at night with no issues.

    We also have a device that sends us and SMS txt message to our phones should the mains fail. This is so if we go out for the afternoon and leave the dogs in the van, we not concerned that the mains may fail and that the air condition fail with the dogs in the van:Eeek:

    Personally I hate being too hot, when I want to cool down, but I love great weather

    Eddie
     
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    In my opinion, cab air con is a must .. wouldn't buy a car or van without it as retro fitting is very costly.

    when camping in Southern Europe in Summer, Hab air-con is also highly desirable .. especially at night.. but they are noisy, so we used to put it on in our bedroom an hour or so before going to bed to chill it down nicely.. then switch it off.
     
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