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Old 03-12-2015, 04:32 PM   #1
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Leaving air conditioning on while fifth wheel is not in use

We are leaving our fifth wheel 2008 Designer on our gated RV lot in southern Arizona. Of course, it will be VERY hot through May-November. Is this a safe thing to do or are we inviting problems? Fire is first concern. Our Park Office will be checking on interior water buckets and refilling. But if air conditioner was set at 90 degrees, would that be smart or stupid on our part. We are having unit's roof conditioned and aluminum Reflectix placed in all windows. Suggestions? Responses?
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Old 03-12-2015, 04:44 PM   #2
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We are leaving our fifth wheel 2008 Designer on our gated RV lot in southern Arizona. Of course, it will be VERY hot through May-November. Is this a safe thing to do or are we inviting problems? Fire is first concern. Our Park Office will be checking on interior water buckets and refilling. But if air conditioner was set at 90 degrees, would that be smart or stupid on our part. We are having unit's roof conditioned and aluminum Reflectix placed in all windows. Suggestions? Responses?
We leave our AC on in the summer @ 80F - It runs just fine. It can be 110F here, just not every day for 3 months...

We have had no issues, other than the power costs, working this way. Keeps the Candles in semi-solid form.

we also leave the Fridge/freezer running - beer has to be cold when we get there...


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Old 03-12-2015, 05:24 PM   #3
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Just thinking worst case scenario, the AC could overheat or spark an electrical fire and burn the unit down. I'm not sure I see the benefit of keeping the interior cool if nobody is inside. I would buy vent covers for the roof vents and keep the vents open. If you have any windows that can be open without allowing rain to come inside I would open them an inch or so. That will keep interior temps about equal with exterior temps.
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Think about it. RV units of all types sit in dealers lots for months at a time in all kinds of weather with no adverse effects. I'm with spoon, why use power when it doesn't serve any purpose. I like his ideas for leaving some air flow.
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Old 03-12-2015, 07:19 PM   #5
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We leave ours on at our seasonal site. I have a programable thermostat. We have it set for 85 during the week when we are not there, then it is set to kick down to 70 on friday morning. When we arrive the camper is nice and cool. Never had a problem and i think worrying about a fire is silly. The a/c is meant to be used so use it. They are meant to last 10 + years easily and are cheap to replace when the are worn out.
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Since you have on-site management you could have them turn it on 24 hrs before you get there.
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Would you leave your car on if you were leaving a car here in Az ? There are 1,000's of rigs left here in summer and none have the AC on. I see no value to leaving the AC on. An RV is not built to be run like a home AC is...and.. in the warmest part of summer I be it would run 75% of the day/night. Leaving a few pails of water would make sense to add some humidity.

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Leaving a car running is a lot different than leaving an A/C running.
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Leaving a car running is a lot different than leaving an A/C running.
Point was, there is no good reason to leave the AC on..cars are fine without it, and so are RV. Many 1,000's are stored with no AC with no issues. Your AC, especially if your parked in the direct sun, will run most of the day.
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Point was, there is no good reason to leave the AC on..cars are fine without it, and so are RV. Many 1,000's are stored with no AC with no issues. Your AC, especially if your parked in the direct sun, will run most of the day.
The RV itself might be ok - but my stuff inside likely will not at over 110F internal temps -

When an RV sits on a dealer lot, it's empty, totally, after we got ours we moved about 700lbs of **** into it for daily life...I didn't take a complete list, but I can think of a few things that will not survive the full heat of the summer.

Most of the jayco 5'ers we looked at were designed for full time living - that said I do not see any reason the AC's couldn't be run full time. I would turn the thermostat up to 80-85F and leave it unattended without issues.
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