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Old 08-01-2015, 12:43 AM   #1
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No A/C ... Deal breaker?

I know the obvious answer is, it depends on where you camp, but I'm just wondering if people wish they got it, or have it and seldom use it. The trailer I'm looking at has no AC but does have fantastic fans.
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Old 08-01-2015, 01:13 AM   #2
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I don't have AC would never use it if I did. In the past almost 10 years that I've had my Scamp out of well over 1000 nights maybe 10 were where they was electricity hook ups. The last two years with over 300 nights zero were with electricity. I don't think an air conditioner would do me much good. I don't even have AC in anchored house.
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Old 08-01-2015, 03:24 AM   #3
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It all depends on where you plan to camp Warren. Everyone's ideas are different but I wouldn't have a rig without it. In over thirty years I doubt I've used the AC more than 50 times but having it available if I wanted it is priceless. I live in the desert and the power goes out when the wind blows big time. At 95* at night the Honda 2000 will run the roof air on the Casita for over 8 hours and just about froze us out. I look at the trailer as an escape for problems with life. YMMV
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Old 08-01-2015, 03:26 AM   #4
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That's kind of what I thought. Might not use it much, but when you need it, you REALLY need it.
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Old 08-01-2015, 07:41 AM   #5
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To me, it would really depend on what kind of deal I could get without the A/C in combination of the temps when I normally camp. Some people add a window AC if they need one but I wouldn't do that to a newer unit but wouldn't hesitate with an older one that I considered a "deal".

I think resale might be a little more difficult but price point can mean a lot to people.

Unless traveling on the road, if it is really hot, I don't want to camp and have to stay inside anyway. I can stay inside in the A/C at home.
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Old 08-01-2015, 08:19 AM   #6
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Resale Value??? Maybe so, maybe not so....


"Except in very high heat/humidity areas"


When selling a FGRV there is usually an abundance of buyers and eliminating the few that have to have an a/c won't put you out of business.


We sold both of out 13'ers in SoCal without a/c's. I do remember a few buyers that lost interest because they didn't read the ads that said NO A/C, but there were still more than enough buyers to sell at a premium price.


Again, it's all about ones needs and camping style.
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Old 08-01-2015, 08:23 AM   #7
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Someone else just asked the very same question earlier this week… It generated a lot of discussion, which you can read here: Air Conditioning a MUST?. The "vote" was pretty evenly divided, so there's no clear consensus on this one. It depends on where you camp, both in a geographical/climate sense and in terms of the types of camping spots you prefer (i.e., dry camping versus full-hook-ups), how much you travel and when, along with your personal tolerance for some level of discomfort.

The biggest thing to be aware of is that adding AC to a trailer not designed for it can be difficult. Roof AC requires that the roof be designed or reinforced to carry the weight, and that's hit-or-miss with fiberglass trailers, especially older ones. Permanent installation of a window-type AC is tricky to get right, and it's not something a typical RV shop will do. Other alternatives are mentioned in the linked thread, and they vary in effectiveness, convenience, and degree-of-difficulty. My impression, though, is that if it promises to be easy and cheap, it is unlikely to be effective.

If you tell us more about the trailer you're looking at, someone will likely know if AC is an easy add later or not.
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Old 08-01-2015, 08:48 AM   #8
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I have only used mine a few times, mostly to make sure it still works. I do use the heat feature more often but if the AC died, I would replace it with a MaxxAir fan and a small portable heater.
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Old 08-01-2015, 09:03 AM   #9
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Thumbs up ac or heat

OK it depend on where you camp in the south you do not need heat . In the north you do not need air, But if you travel you need both .
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Well said "Santa"

I'm in the south and wouldnt even go to LOOK at an RV without A/C. Walking out at night the past few weeks here in Tennessee feels like you're walking into a steam bath. I cant sleep that way; especially after being use to working in an air conditioned office all day.

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OK it depend on where you camp in the south you do not need heat . In the north you do not need air, But if you travel you need both .
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Most of the time we don't need either A/C or heat. On the other hand, when we camp at the extremes we definitely enjoy the heat when cold, and the A/C when hot and humid. Having both increases your ability to camp where you want and when you want.
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Very true. Even the north can experience heat waves and the south can experience cold snaps. The more extensively you travel, the more likely you'll have to endure some unseasonal weather.

That said, though, the OP is from BC. My general impression is that lots of folks in that area do manage without AC.

We camped with my Mom near Phoenix back in February, when the weather there should have been quite temperate. We happened to arrive during an unusual warm spell. Mom used her AC because she had it. We made do because we didn't. Low humidity, common in many parts of the West, meant nights were cool enough to sleep well.

I grew up in the mid-Atlantic region where Mom still lives, so AC is a given for her. We did survive many nights traveling all over the country in a tent trailer without AC back in the 60's and 70's, but times and expectations have changed. Neither our car nor our house had AC back then, either.
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When I was growing up in Illinois where the humidity and heat are awful, I spent 18 whole summers without AC. When my dad grew up he spent 10 whole summers without electricity.

Times sure have changed ! I often wonder what it would be like to have lived in the Southwest in the summer 100 or more years ago.
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They built with very thick adobe walls and floors of packed earth, stone, or concrete. During the hottest part of the summer days, they would wet the whole floor down for natural evaporative cooling. Doors and windows were oriented to prevailing winds. In the absence of the modern "heat island" effect, nights were cooler, even in the summer. They were probably more comfortable than your father.
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