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Re: Roof Air Conditioner
« Reply #15 on: June 09, 2019, 08:58:06 am »
TN.... Did you find where the condensate was /is running?

Nylon wire ties work great by sticking them in the a/c drain to unclog.

Barry T

I removed the cover from the AC unit. The coils on the backside were filthy but the coils at the front where the condenser is was clean. I cleaned everything up and made sure the condensate drain was clear. That drain is on the driver side of the unit so now I at least know where to look when itís running. However right now we are in Port Dover, Ontario with nice breezes blowing off Lake Erie. Highs in the upper 70s and lows in the low 60s with no humidity!  Wonderful weather, so I havenít had the need to run the AC so far.

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Re: Roof Air Conditioner
« Reply #16 on: June 10, 2019, 08:51:40 pm »
My husband refused to go anywhere requiring AC because of the noise. Since we live in the Rocky Mountains, it is usually not a problem.  However, since we plan on attended the Phoenix reunion in Charleston, I needed to com up with a plan. We just installed, at great expense, the Houghtn AC unit. It was developed in Australia and is sold in the US exclusively by Advanced RV in Ohio. There are a couple YouTube videos about the sound...9 decibels quieter than the next best (which I think was the Coleman). Was $2,100 plus $250 shipping to Denver. Cost about $500 to have my excellent small RV shop in Denver install. If you got to Advanced RV in Ohio, costs about $2,700 installed--so more or less a wash.  Required getting a separate thermostat for the furnace. When the owner of the RV shop (who originally thought I was nuts to replace a perfectly good AC at such great cost) called to say it was installed and working, he said, "My tech is standing here with icicles hanging off his beard and was able to listen to his iPod while int he RV." Owner was so impressed, he was going to look into becoming a US distributor. Have not been anywhere really hot overnight to test the true efficiency, but what we have experienced so far in testing and just cooling down for a lunch stop or when arriving at a campground, has us so glad we spent the money.

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Re: Roof Air Conditioner
« Reply #17 on: June 11, 2019, 07:55:38 pm »
RheaNL, that is great news to me!
I just ordered a 2552 and asked PC to credit me for the Dometic air conditioners and I will provide  two of the Houghton units purchased from Advanced RV for them to install.
Barry said he would be happy to let me be their Guinea pig.  :)
The Houghtons are not cheap but all of the limited info I have gotten on them is very positive.
Sounds like your husband and I have a bit in common when it comes to noise tolerance.
I hope you enjoy yours and hope your husband will be happy with it.
Please provide feedback as you gain more experience with the unit.

Regards, Jim G.

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Re: Roof Air Conditioner
« Reply #18 on: June 13, 2019, 07:16:40 am »
We have been getting ready for a trip the last few days and playing with the AC in the driveway. We will be camping at 9,100 ft. so will not need AC there. It is so QUIET compared to the Dometic. Other features you will love....
Inside it is almost flush with the ceiling.
There is a giant LED temperature indicator on unit so you can see at a glance your current temp.
It is even quieter than Dometic when sitting outside the unit.
Works with a remote control. I put the storage pocket by dinette, but I've added some Velcro on the back to hang by bed at night.
Our first big test will be a week in the Black Hills in July.

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Re: Roof Air Conditioner
« Reply #19 on: June 13, 2019, 06:56:45 pm »
Wondering if the Advanced RV air conditioner is also a heat pump.
Haven't seen any reference to that feature on the Advanced web site, but all the Houghton brand units I can find on the web ( in Australia ) have reverse operation capability.
Pretty sure Houghton is the source of the Advanced RV units.

Does your unit have a heat mode?

Thanks, Jim G.

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Re: Roof Air Conditioner
« Reply #20 on: June 22, 2019, 01:29:16 pm »
Houghton does make one with a heat strip, but the only one Advanced RV carries is no heat strip. I found the heat strip in the Dometic to be useless. The only time I ran it was when exercising the generator when the PC is stored. You have to have power (generator or shore) to run the heat strip and, with power, a small electric space heater is much quicker, more efficient, and quieter. If you think a heat strip is important, you could pay for shipping from Australia.  :lol

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Re: Roof Air Conditioner
« Reply #21 on: June 23, 2019, 08:15:54 am »
We use our heat strip when we are on shore power and leave the rig. We never leave the small electric heater plugged in when we go out. The heat strip is set to 50 or 60 and keeps the rig from getting too cold inside while we are gone.

We also put the little heater in the front of the rig (away from the thermostat) and run the heat strip when it's cold and we want to use the front half of the rig. The little heater alone isn't enough for the whole rig but the two together keep us moderately warm.

Extreme cold and/or high winds call for the propane furnace even with electric hook ups.
John, Holly, and sometimes Chloe.
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Re: Roof Air Conditioner
« Reply #22 on: June 23, 2019, 07:13:53 pm »
We have a Pelonis Disk Furnace.  Not sure if they are available any more.  About 8" high x 6" wide and 6" deep.  Uses 1500 watts max.   It has a built in thermostat or you can set it manually.  A couple of months ago, we came across Nevada on highway 50 and stopped for the night in Eureka Nevada.   Overnight temp was 25 degrees.  We set the Pelonis on the floor just beyond the step up from the cab, facing the rear.

It kept the whole RV warm, no problem at all.  Didn't even turn the furnace on.  The Pelonis is very quiet too!

This looks like the same furnace, but not 100% sure:

https://www.wttool.com/index/page/product/product_id/47042/product_name/The+Original+Brown+Box+Ceramic+Disc+Furnace?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI362Uj-qA4wIVCv5kCh1WuwJsEAQYAyABEgKwYfD_BwE

The one I have is well worth the $.

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Re: Roof Air Conditioner
« Reply #23 on: June 24, 2019, 04:55:28 pm »
Don, I found a Peronist flexi furnace II (disc) on eBay. They are fantastic but no longer made. I keep watching to find another as back up.
« Last Edit: June 24, 2019, 04:57:12 pm by Joseph »

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Re: Roof Air Conditioner
« Reply #24 on: June 28, 2019, 06:43:58 pm »
Weíre now on the outer banks of North Carolina. On a whim I contacted Advance Rv asking if there was any chance of a time slot to have the ac changed out. They were kind to find me a slot. There roughly 600 miles out of the route I had planned so now weíre going to spend some time exploring Ohio as well. Really looking forward to the AC upgrade and have my fingers crossed that Iím going to like it.