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Old 06-17-2013, 01:58 PM   #1
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Anyone else hate the look of the rooftop A/C?

I am debating whether the rooftop A/C is worth it. I know people mention lots of hassle with the closet units but I just feel like the rooftop mounted A/C ruins the retro look of the scamp. Is it worth fiddling around with closet A/C units to maintain the lines or is the rooftop A/C just that much better? Or am I just crazy and the roof mount doesn't look that bad?

Help me out here.
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:01 PM   #2
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Oh no! The dreaded Your vs You're got me. Forgive me for my embarrassing typo in the poll.
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:56 PM   #3
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From an aesthetic view point I think a roof top A/C looks out of place on a Scamp but from strictly a functional view point it works really well . I would rather be cool than look cool ! When sleeping in my Scamp on a 90 Deg evening I hardly notice the A/C sitting on the roof but I am a form following function kind of guy
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:59 PM   #4
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I think on the small trailers it looks like overkill. I am not an AC fan even in my home. Use a fan in the trailer to keep hubby's crisco from melting.
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:30 PM   #5
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Get the roof unit and get over it,you are in Texas are you crazy?!?

I have tried a front or side closet unit in several trailers and none worked to my satisfaction at all.

The 2 units I have with a rooftop AC look just fine when you realize they just do the job and when I am showered with cold air from above!

Really

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Old 06-17-2013, 04:53 PM   #6
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I guess the question is, is AC needed. It only works when at an RV resort with an electric pole and $$$$
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Old 06-17-2013, 05:03 PM   #7
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And creates noise along with the snoring from the guy in the pop-up next to you.
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:58 AM   #8
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I like the closet model. It cools the trailor fine. Roof AC'S are a winddrag, too expensive to fix or replace and another possible leakpoint in the roof. I would have delt with it but glad mine is in the front closet. No problems so far .
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:00 AM   #9
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My response is not listed, so I am not voting.

Our rooftop is great. It will cool; it will heat; and it is white noise to cover that snoring man next door. I need the closet space too.


Your choice though. We camp with electric; some people don't.


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Old 06-18-2013, 08:31 AM   #10
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Ours is veritably festooned, what with the A/C with a faring, a Fantastic Fan with a Maxxair cover, a Delta Antenna and a Catalina awning.
I can't say whether it is still retro or gone modern...Telstar was a long time ago...
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:55 AM   #11
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I guess the question is, is AC needed. It only works when at an RV resort with an electric pole and $$$$
The OP is in Florida. He probably needs it. Even up here in MD, the dew point is 70 today. And it hasn't even gotten to the "humid" part of summer yet! Camping last week, the AC was dropping about four to five drops of water per second. It's downright miserable trying to sleep in those conditions.

My wife hates the idea of AC, but she still turns it on.

In other parts of the country, you may not need AC, but out here it is pretty much a necessity if you want to camp in the summer.
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Old 06-18-2013, 10:13 AM   #12
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Are you thinking of removing a rooftop a/c unit? Or adding one?



I am with CindyL as my response is not listed.

But as well I don't have enough info to respond to your question other than to say, if you have a roof top a/c, in my opinion you would be off your rocker to remove it! If you don't have any a/c I personally suggest getting one!

Will add that adding a rooftop a/c is not a easy project unless your glass egg came from the factory with roof support! If no supports, you either have to add (talk about changing the look, as well as I haven't heard of many successful rooftop support mods! A few, but not many....) or go with closet or one of the other a/c mods members have done!
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:57 PM   #13
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Because my garage will not allow a roof top unit, I have no other choice but to go with a inside unit. However given the choice, I would still prefer the inside unit. I don't see the need or the cost of such a monstrosity on top of my Scamp. Besides that I have seen some creative folks pop out the inside units than roll them when they are through. Guess its on some kind of roll out draw. But I like the idea.
Either way "I NEED MY AC!!!!!"
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Old 06-18-2013, 09:22 PM   #14
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I like the idea of the inside unit due to reduced wind drag and more space up top for a solar array. I wouldn't want to give up any of my front closet space though. My Scamp has the roof unit which cools very well. It reduces the interior head room a few inches, so I tend to stand to one end or other. The roof air doesn't detract from the looks enough to stop all the "It's soooo cute" comments though!
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