To hab aircon, or not. That is the question...
userAndrew MMM
Posted: 26 June 2014 2:52 PM
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It's summer and – shockingly – it's quite warm at the mo (subject to the weather changing at any minute)... so with this in mind, where do people stand on hab aircon? Is it a must-have or an unnecessary extravagance?

userWasn't Me
Posted: 30 June 2014 9:22 AM
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Hi surely sitting under the awning with a cold beer or Gin and Tonic is all you need on hot day.

Save sitting inside the motorhome for those winter days when you can't enjoy the great outdoors.

Cab AirCon now that is a must have.

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userPJay
Posted: 30 June 2014 10:08 AM
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Very handy to cool the van down before going to bed. We can use ours when driving also,on DC, has a remote control to switch it when we stop , otherwise would flatten battery For warmer climates definately worth it
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userTracker
Posted: 30 June 2014 11:26 AM
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As mentioned if it runs on 12 volt you will need to keep the engine running due to the heavy current draw and if it runs on mains then you will need an electric hook up.

If neither of these is an issue for you then the only other hurdles are the cost and the competence of the fitter.
userStuartO
Posted: 30 June 2014 11:40 AM
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I specified roof aircon when we bought our current MH in 2006 and it has, albeit rarely, sometimes been very useful. Running continuously it does cool the insiode of the MH down quite well. Only on a hook-up of course.

Was it worth the money and the weight for all these years? Probably not because we are a bit close to the limit on payload, roof aircon is heavy and we have benefitted from it only rarely when abroad in very hot weather. I probably wouldn't do it again.
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Posted: 30 June 2014 12:29 PM
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Good point - the weight of roof aircon and the available payload?

Does that gurt lump on the roof have any noticeable affect on handing?
userPJay
Posted: 30 June 2014 2:31 PM
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Tracker - 2014-06-30 12:29 PM

Good point - the weight of roof aircon and the available payload?

Does that gurt lump on the roof have any noticeable affect on handing?


does not affect the handling on ours as it is lower than the overcab, we also have a lump called a Camos Dome!!
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Posted: 30 June 2014 4:59 PM
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PJay - 2014-06-30 2:31 PM

Tracker - 2014-06-30 12:29 PM

Good point - the weight of roof aircon and the available payload?

Does that gurt lump on the roof have any noticeable affect on handing?


does not affect the handling on ours as it is lower than the overcab, we also have a lump called a Camos Dome!!
PJay


With all those humps you could take up camel racing!
userKeith T
Posted: 30 June 2014 9:22 PM
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Generally unnecessary we feel, even from a very hot Med where we are at present.....just open the windows and there is usually plenty of fresh air. Cab a/c is different, and certainly is a benefit. The other considerations on Hab a/c as well as the weight penalty, are the noise to the neighbouring pitches if running overnight especially, and also very much a consideration in France the power supply available to the emplacement, often no more than 4-5amp..
userZydeco Joe
Posted: 7 July 2014 3:46 PM
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We don't have aircon in our 2005 van and don't think it would be worth paying out for it but on a new van I think CAB aircon would be good and worth the cost that is if you get a choice. Not sure on HAB aircon !.
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Posted: 10 July 2014 1:49 PM
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We have one in our Sussex Duo. Only used twice last year, on site, with the temp around 38 deg. Not all that efficient, takes a few hours of running to get the temp anywhere near normal. Also the added noise of the unit running could annoy fellow adjacent campers. If I had the choice, no, as the weight equates to many boxes of the red stuff !!
usercolin
Posted: 20 July 2014 9:26 AM
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We have had roof a/c on hire RV's in US, they have been very noisy, not sure if quieter one's are available. Gf did mention the idea of getting one just recently but we concluded the expected low usage just didn't make it a practical proposition.
I did see some time back there was a portable unit which could be hung out the window (to annoy the nabours) and it occured to me it could be used at home as well.