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Old 05-13-2015, 09:03 AM   #15
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I don't have any idea how the existing A/C is set up, but I think one problem is the air intake and exit arrangement of the window unit used. However with a new one the only critical thing is separating the incoming air and exhaust air for the condenser coil. You could easily cut away the part of the case that doesn't match up with the old unit to get the cooling air into the fan. The exit is always (?) on the back and should match up OK.
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Old 05-13-2015, 08:34 PM   #16
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A suggestion I have is to pick your spots in the SW based on elevation. We camp low all winter and high all summer. (Leave it alone it's too easy) that's the trick down here. And park it in the shade. Northern NM and northern Az should be a breeze to find high elevation spots that may even be a bit chilly at night.


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I was thinking the same... Flagstaff, Williams, Payson, someplace like that, then a one day run across the desert. We, too, camp year-round with no AC at all. Elevation is everything.

Worse comes to worse, there are frequently great summer deals on hotels and resorts in Phoenix and Palm Springs. Don't know if that's a heretical suggestion on an RV forum, but life is too short to be miserable.
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Ya, summer rates in Phx and the Springs are low for good reason. It's soooo HOT that life as we know it ceases to exist between June30 and September 1st...... Been there too often.... lol


Both locales are well known for the necessity to have two car keys, so you can lock your car, but still leave the engine running and the a/c on when you leave it in a sun exposed parking place.
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Ya, summer rates in Phx and the Springs are low for good reason. It's soooo HOT that life as we know it ceases to exist between June30 and September 1st...... Been there too often.... lol


Both locales are well known for the necessity to have two car keys, so you can lock your car, but still leave the engine running and the a/c on when you leave it in a sun exposed parking place.

That's funny Bob, two keys. After the snowbirds leave here for the summer you always find a half dozen cars running with the AC on and unlocked doors at the local stores. No problem though, the locals pretty much know every ones car.
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Ya, but you don't do that in PHX or your car will be you Gone in 60 Seconds....
A popular summer accessory are those fake-fur steering wheel wraps, so you don't burn your hands when getting back in the car after leaving it parked for 15 minutes.
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Wasn't suggesting either place as a destination in the summer! Though we did enjoy watching fireworks last 4th of July from the air conditioned comfort of a 2-room suite on the 30th floor of the downtown Phoenix Sheraton, leaving our mountain home gridlocked under hordes of invading "flatlanders" toting giant toyhaulers. For a ridiculously low price, too, and our car in a covered garage.

But I digress... not a destination, but if it is necessary to spend a night in the desert in the summer while passing through, a motel for one night might be more cost-effective than upgrading the trailer AC just for that one night in extreme conditions. We sometimes break up the drive to our Carlsbad Scamping beach vacation in Palm Springs. In a motel. No need to leave the car running all night.
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