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Old 09-05-2007, 07:52 AM   #15
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Zeb, the short answer is that both work. A roof mounted unit may circulate the air a little better, but in a 17' trailer the difference is probably moot. I wouldn't pass up an otherwise "ideal" trailer simply because it had or didn't have one or the other. A roof unit is not more quiet than a cabinet mount window unit. A fan and compressor are a fan and compressor. They are noisy, some more than others.

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Old 09-05-2007, 08:02 AM   #16
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Zeb - The interior housing of the roof air does come down into the cabin, which restricts head room a little bit.

Also, at least in the 17 ft. Casita, the roof air is mounted over the bed, where I prefer to have a vent with Fantastic Fan.

Back in 1999 (uh, oh - another walk down memory lane), when we ordered our Casita, they were just really starting to offer the roof air as an option in their 17 footers. I thought I wanted it, but for some reason, our salesman did not think I did. His basic argument against it was (I kid you not, and I quote):

It spoils the look of the trailer.



That's hilarious now, because the "big Casitas" almost always have the roof air these days... But, I've not been sorry we stayed with the under-the-closet mount. (I have no idea about the location Escape puts theirs. Mine is as Donna D. described, above.)

Good luck with your quest for the perfect trailer!
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Old 09-05-2007, 10:21 AM   #17
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You people just are not cynical enough to think of the obvious...
I believe that RV manufacturers use roof-mounted air conditioners because they interchangeably mount in the common 14" vent hole. They can buy whatever unit they can get cheap, of any brand, by staying with this standard design. They can also offer it as an option with virtually no changes (that is, no cost to them) in the trailer.

Less cynically, the unit mounted on the centreline of the roof connects easily to an output duct in the higher centre part of the typical crowned roof. Since none of the eggs have a thick roof like this, or any attempt to duct the air conditioner output, this doesn't really apply to us.

With the shell-as-structure nature of the classic moulded fiberglass design, the roof mounting is less ideal for the manufacturer. Some have designed structures to support them (Scamp, Casita, Bigfoot), others have designed cabinet mountings (Casita, Escape).

Before buying the Boler we were considering a "small" conventional travel trailer. It was deliberately low, and advertising emphasized that feature. It used a cabinet-mounted air conditioner (keeping the height down), and I thought it was a great idea... even at the expense of some storage space.
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Old 09-07-2007, 01:32 AM   #18
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I tried to get Casita to build my trailer with no AC at all, but with the options
I selected, it was included, and deleting it would have made it a custom job.
It's a "window" unit mounted below the closet, and it has worked great for the
30 or 40 minutes it has been run in the last three years.
The big issue for me is the clearance (a la Donna D). If they had insisted on
putting a roof-mount AC on the trailer, I would not have bought it.
With the current set-up, I can go through drive-through windows, drive-through
ATMs, etc., with impunity, knowing I'm well under 9' tall.
To me, a more-expensive-to-replace RV AC mounted on the roof would be a
deal-killer.
Depending on your use, there's a lot of storage aboard. Full-timing, there's
more than I need!
And Mary F, thanks for that post, the roof air does spoil the looks!
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Old 09-16-2007, 11:02 PM   #19
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And Mary F, thanks for that post, the roof air does spoil the looks!
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You're welcome, Palmer.

In the early days of this discussion forum, one of our European members even referred to the roof mounted a.c. as an "ugly pimple" -- and then wondered/asked why any of us would do that to our trailer! (He was ever so polite about it, of course.)

Alas, that topic was trashed in the big hack of Nov.2005. It was a doozie.
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Old 09-17-2007, 05:01 PM   #20
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Well since I put a Maxi Air cover over the Fantastic Fan vent the roof line was FUBAR'd anyway so I really don't mind the top mounted AC on the Casita. We looked at a 16 foot with the AC in the closet but I liked the little more headroom in the 17 foot Casita and I really do like having a full hanging closet after years of tent and pop up camping. I don't worry about the height since I don't park it in a garage.
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Old 09-21-2007, 10:21 AM   #21
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Well since I put a Maxi Air cover over the Fantastic Fan vent the roof line was FUBAR'd anyway so I really don't mind the top mounted AC on the Casita. We looked at a 16 foot with the AC in the closet but I liked the little more headroom in the 17 foot Casita and I really do like having a full hanging closet after years of tent and pop up camping. I don't worry about the height since I don't park it in a garage.
I think the A/C on the top my Casita Looks ugly and places drag on the otherwise smooth air slip design that all eggs have... and repair/replacement is big bux more than a little window box AC.

The only good thing I can think of about the "pimple" (LOL) is that it is probably more effiecent due to having more room to ventilate.

Mounting on top is not a big deal because th 17' roof is much stronger.

But I do a lot of very-rough-road treks and that AC is way up there shaking back and forth all the time. I would rather have the AC down where the 16's have it but I am not willing to give up the head room.... gotta have 6'2" plus.

Just my thoughts

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