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Old 05-09-2011, 11:48 PM   #1
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Is A/C running on propane or electricity?

I just bought my first TT (JayFlight 29QBH) and picking it up in a couple weeks. I am looking at the specs on the jayco website and see this:
"13,500 or 15,000-BTU A/C with wall thermostat with louvered-directional ceiling vents"

Does this mean my A/C runs of gas (propane)?
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Old 05-10-2011, 12:29 AM   #2
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The airconditioner runs on electricity. The air vents route the cool air to various parts of the trailer for more even cooling. You can turn them to direct the air where you want it. Most trailers come with the smaller AC. Some even have a built in electric heater called a heat strip. From what I have seen the heat strips are rare.
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Old 05-10-2011, 12:33 AM   #3
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No, the air only runs on ac (shore) power. Btus are a common rating on both heating and cooling no matter what the source. Sure would love if they could though!

Just as an FYI - you can basically run everything but your a/c and micro on your 12 volt system away from civilization. Your fridge, stove, and water heater can all run on propane. Your fridge and water heater can also run on shore power (saving propane). Hope that helps!
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ac= alternating current
a/c= air conditioning.
There are a lot of abbreviations that may be confusing example TV = tow vehicle while tv = television.
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Joe, funny how you associate the AC to A/C. Being electronically challenged, Don helped me to remember the difference between AC and DC by using the above
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Thanks for everyone's input. I thought it was electricity...was wishful thinking it would run on propane (like the fridge).

If I'm not hooked up to shore power, I can use a generator to run the A/C. How would I know what the power rating is for the A/C? I saw a 2000W genny on sale at Costco and was wondering if that was enough power.
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Yeah - it would be nice if they could run on propane. I saw an article talk about that once. Someone was asking why it could not run on propane like a fridge. Apparently the size of the burner and coil would be absolutely huge to get that much cooling.

On the generator - you will hear a lot of different answers. Some folks can get theirs to start on a small generators, others cant. I assume it has to do with elevation, outside temp, condition of capacitors, etc, etc. I have been successful at getting mine to start with a 2200 watt generator, but I turned off all of my other breakers. I think you may be hit or miss on a 2000 watt unit.
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