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Old 11-23-2012, 09:02 AM   #1
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Rv ac unit

My winter/spring project is to install a second AC unit in my 2012 31.5 FBHS. I need some advise. The bunkhouse is above the 5th wheel hitch and the bedroom is in the rear. The current AC unit is located in the middle of the 5th wheel (living room/kitchen). I question to you is: Would you install the 2nd AC unit in the bunkhouse or the bedroom and why?

Next question. I don't know anything about RV AC units. What "brand" AC unit would you suggest and why?

Regardless of where I install it, I know I'm going to have to do some electrical modifications. That goes without saying.

Any input would be appreciated.

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Old 11-23-2012, 09:20 AM   #2
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snip.....Regardless of where I install it, I know I'm going to have to do some electrical modifications. That goes without saying......snip
Shorty,

If you haven't already I would contact Jayco and have them send you the electrical/plumbing schematics along with the framing diagram for your FW ....... they may come in handy (have your VIN handy when you contact them).

Location, good question. My first thought would be the rear bedroom/bathroom area do to it's size along with closing the existing A/C vents in this area may allow for more ducted A/C being directed to the smaller front bunkhouse area from the existing A/C ...., just thinking out loud.

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Old 11-23-2012, 09:55 AM   #3
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Have to agree with Bob.
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Do you have a 50amp service? If you do it is premiered for a second AC. You would have to see which vent is wired for the unit then. If you have a 30 amp service, I would have to see which vent is going to be the easiest to get wires to and from the pole. Either way it might be a big project.

Another thing to think about or ask Jayco is if the roof is reinforced at a particular vent for a second AC unit.
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Thanks for the input. I knew it would drift to the electrical side of the installation. I really would like input on where to install the AC unit, plus Brand to purchase.

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Bedroom, Coleman. I've had several Coleman units, current one since 2007 and never had a problem.
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Doug, thanks for the input. I have been pricing AC units. Wide range in their cost. Plus there is the 13,500 btu and 15,000 btu. Not sure about the size. I just need one with enough BTU's to cool a BUT as big as a TUB. Coleman is a brand on many things RV related.
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Yesterday 2-4-13, I checked with the Jayco dealer regarding installing a 2nd AC unit in my Bunkhouse. Estamated cost...$2500. Converting to 50amp, adding additional breaker box, wireing, and installing Coleman unit. Sounds high, what do you guys think?

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If you're paying a shop to do it...you're probably in the ballpark. If you are doing it yourself, I'd say it's a bit high.
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Well, I recently got estimates for adding a non-ducted unit to our front bedroom on a separate 20 amp circuit w/ an outlet on the trailer wall from which I can run an extension cord (20 amp) and plug into the camp site's power pedestal. The most reasonable estimate by a respected RV mobile tech was about $1200. It's out of my league to do it myself. I got estimates as high as about $3K from a dealer. The others were in the ball park of $1100-$1500. Am looking to get this started perhaps this month. Coleman is the brand I will be installing, and I think I will go w/ the 13.5K unit, as the bedroom and bathroom are in the front of the rig and that's where the help is needed on those hot Texas days after being on the road for awhile to get things cooled down in a reasonable amount of time. That area is not extremely large.

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