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Old 02-12-2016, 09:26 PM   #15
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We were trying to keep the Scamp13 weight low enough to stay under the 1500 pound
towing weight of our Honda CRV. We omitted both the AC and the furnace. We do have both
a Fantastic fan and a very good small electric space heater.

For extended stays in areas of high heat and humidity, we can temporarily mount a small
home window AC unit in the back window of the Scamp. For emergency heat in a site without
electric hookups, we have very warm sleeping bags and can carry a Mr. Heater Little Buddy
propane heater.

According to a friend who has the top-mounted Scamp AC unit, that 13,000 BTU unit would freeze out an Eskimo. 😉

With the crank-out Windows and the Fantastic Fan, we found that it was much better to not
open the curtains or use any sort of curtain tie-backs. With the Fantastic Fan set in the "out"
mode (to exhaust warm air out of the top), air is pulled in the crank- out windows and is directed down over our faces by the closed curtains. In hotter situations, we sleep on top of the covers, set the Fantastic Fan on "in" to blow air down over us, and use a second fan on the sink cabinet
to blow additional air over the bed.

So far, we've not missed having a permanently-mounted AC or furnace.

Of course,as always, YMMV. 😉


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Old 02-12-2016, 09:45 PM   #16
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We don't have air in the Scamp, and have really only felt the need for it one night in 12 years. We have it in our house, but rarely use it. In the house, I installed a fan in the ceiling that pulls air in through open windows and exhausts air into the attic. It cools the house in the evening quite well!

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Old 02-12-2016, 09:56 PM   #17
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Putting sliders in the front and back of your Scamp is going to require fiberglass work. Operable windows need a flat mounting surface, which the front and back are not. Fantastic fans might be an easier and more effective way to increase ventilation for sleeping. Since they're powered, you'll have a breeze even when the air is still.

We don't need AC out here in the arid West, but in the humid East it's different. I grew up in Maryland camping in a tent trailer without AC and we survived, but a Scamp will never be as wide open to breezes as a tent trailer.

You can always give it a try. If it doesn't work, then reinstall AC. With your experience of how NOT to do it, I'm sure you'll do a better job than before.
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Old 02-13-2016, 05:16 AM   #18
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I do not have A/C in my home or in my Scamp. In the trailer, I find that the fantastic fan and the awning windows left open do plenty to give me a great night's sleep. That coupled with lake breezes, and I'm out. I do realize that being from NY, others living out west or down south might not feel the same. I don't have it in the house either. Frankly, I just don't like the way I feel (stuffy nose, congestion, possible sinus infection) with extended A/C exposure. I don't mind it for short in the relief of walking into a department store on a hot day to the coolness inside. The PO had my Scamp prepped for A/C, but I know I'll never install. Just nice to know the roof has the extra support for snow load up here in Western New York, in case I ever have to store my Scamp at the house again during winter.
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Old 02-13-2016, 06:29 AM   #19
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Not having AC in Tennessee is like not having indoor plumbing. I would never consider not having AC.
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Old 02-13-2016, 06:54 AM   #20
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But then some of us have lived for times without indoor plumbing and actually, on some levels, really enjoyed it!

I agree with you, but I also try to keep in perspective just how comfortable we are these days, leading to a very, very high expectation of comfort.

Don't get me wrong, though, I have my vices and my "I won't do withouts".
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Old 02-13-2016, 07:58 AM   #21
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I ve had a scamp & perris pacer neither had ac.... Both had a roof vent w/ fan built into them
With a side window or two opened and roof fan running we never needed ac .... And we live and camp in southern calif

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Old 02-13-2016, 09:47 AM   #22
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It is not the hot weather that is a concern for me.I would much rather leave the windows open and let the breeze roll through.
The problem is sometimes the camper beside me leaves a nice smoky, smouldering fire going all night and I don't like waking up smelling like bacon!!
It is also an asthma problem.
Can't wait until there is no campfire allowed areas in campgrounds then I can do without a/c.

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Old 02-13-2016, 10:05 AM   #23
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But then we don't have campers so that we'll suffer...we have them to be comfortable. But everyone has a different idea of how comfortable they want to be.
In the Deep South comfort to me is A/C and a soft bed. I have "roughed it" my share in this life and intend not to if I can avoid it.
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Old 02-13-2016, 10:35 AM   #24
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"So...a lot just depends on what you're willing to put up with. I mean people survived all this time, up until very recently, without AC."

True observation! Does anyone remember the speech by President Nixon around 1972 where he made reference to how air conditioning had just in recently become "a necessity"? He was born and grew up in a time where air conditioning was limited to only big buildings and the rich. Now? Well.... :--)
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Old 02-13-2016, 10:49 AM   #25
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I can barely stand the heat of a Minnesota / Wisconsin Summer.
I have the deepest admiration for people who can live through the summer heat of Florida ,Texas , Missouri or Iowa ( ETC. )
When nightime temps are in the 70's or above ,a fan just doesn't do it for me.
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Old 02-13-2016, 10:52 AM   #26
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As others have said, it depends on when & where you camp, and your tolerance for heat & humidity. I have one in my Escape, and it probably has fewer that 40 running hours on it over the last 5 years. Still, the few times I've used it I would have been miserable with the combination of over 100F & high humidity. Without the humidity, I'm comfortable using the MaxxFan even in high temperatures, but the combination is a killer!
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Old 02-13-2016, 11:03 AM   #27
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Originally Posted by Timber Wolf View Post
In the Deep South comfort to me is A/C and a soft bed. I have "roughed it" my share in this life and intend not to if I can avoid it.
Yep. I like to think of myself as pretty tough and pretty willing to put up with any kind of weather. But my guess is that I wouldn't last long in your climate without AC.
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Old 02-13-2016, 12:09 PM   #28
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Missus and I, have been RV camping, every summer, since about 1966, through a range of nine different RVs, in every province (including NFLD), and almost all continental states (including Alaska, Florida, California, Washington, and Maine). As a result, our kids were exposed to most 'geographies' of N. America, as they grew up. Four of those nine rigs had AC; but, we've never 'used' AC for any camping. Our current 'rig' is the smallest; but, not the 'oldest'; and, the 'missus' and I still don't feel the need for 'camping' with AC. - - YMMV - and, ours might too !

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