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Old 07-15-2017, 05:55 PM   #1
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Default A/C not cooling enough for comfort

We just returned from New Mexico where we needed the A/C most of the time. It was around 95 to 100 degrees outside during the day. (Although it would cool down at night we kept the fan running all night because of the little Chihuahua next door that barked about every 15 minutes! That didn't bother me as much as the raspy voice patiently saying "no" "stop that" or "quiet" after each bark. :-) )
The A/C couldn't cool our trailer down past about 85 or 86 degrees. Are we expecting too much of the A/C unit? Can refrigerant be added to these A/C units like our home A/C? Does it maybe need to be cleaned? We bought it used and haven't really needed the A/C much. Although we live in Arizona, we haven't camped too often in the heat.
Thanks for any tips.
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Old 07-15-2017, 07:16 PM   #2
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A simple test for most any AC is to measure output air temp. It should be as low as 42 degrees (any lower an the system would risk condensate freezing on the condenser coils).

Output air temps above 50 degrees indicates a possible problem and the unit may need servicing.
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Old 07-15-2017, 07:30 PM   #3
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I have seen DH get up on the roof and remove the AC shroud. I think he blew it out with his compreser,carefully. It does get dirty. Friends in our HiLo club had a bird nest in theirs. What make is your AC? DH also had to remove the shroud from the inside and tighten with a socket set. Becareful not to over tighten. The seal can become loose from travel. Be very careful up on the roof. Last summer we had 90& and 100* days and our AC had to be turned down as it was very chilly. Oursis a Carrier AC. The original one had to be replaced. I'm sure some techy guy will give you some other things to try.
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Thanks. I guess we'll plug it in and see what the temp is. Too bad we didn't have our gauge with us on the trip.
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Old 07-15-2017, 10:22 PM   #5
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Thank you. We have the Duo-Therm Penguin 600 series that is original with the trailer. I think I'll take a look at the filters etc. Tomorrow. Not too sure about getting on the roof. Does DH go right on the roof, or put something on the surface first?
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Dave, and/or Caryl, I recently returned from a trip to Carlsbad, NM and the temperatures where I camped were a bit above 100 degrees. And, my camp spot (at Brantley Lake State Park) had essentially no shade. As I recall, the temperature inside the trailer was in the lower 80s throughout the day. The A/C froze up once, due to a day with higher humidity, but was fine after I turned it off for about 5-10 minutes. At night, the inside was quite comfortable, but of course the A/C was running constantly.

I don't know if you can expect miracles out of such a small unit, considering the interior volume of the trailer and the very limited amount of insulation. But DO measure the outlet temperature as Knotty suggested and remove the shroud as Sam said to check for dirt accumulation. If you need to blow it out, I'd suggest using a yard blower if you have one. I consider my yard blower to be one of my most useful tools - I blow the dust out of the insides of my computers with mine, and I use it to blow out the interior of my vehicles.

I walk around on the roof of my trailer quite often. I have to get up there to install and remove the cover, and I had to spend time on the roof when I installed my FanTastic Fan and my solar panels. I recall reading somewhere a long time ago that it was built to withstand walking. I weigh about 205# and have never felt any "give" in the roof.

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Perfect, Jack. I'll add that I carry a VERY small shop vac in the outside storage hatch. But I find that I use it more as a blower than a vac. Reverse the hose and use the crevice tip to blow leaves and stuff from around the site. It also worked as stated above with the A/C. The blower/vac also clears clogged drains!
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Jack and Tree:

I never considered using my blower for all of that- a great idea.!
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A yard blower is great for blowing dirt out of things that don't have fragile parts. I've never had a problem with damage from it on my desktop PCs. I take them outside and make sure the space around them is clear, so I don't push crud into them. About the only thing I'm careful with is the fans - I don't direct air into them for a prolonged period.

You can also blow dirt out of the engine bays of your vehicles. Some vehicles don't like having water sprayed around parts of the engines, so this is an alternative.

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Thank you all for the tips. We should be able to check out the temp on the A/C tomorrow morning. I'm glad to know the roof will support a person walking around on it. I think both of our blowers are too strong, but I do have a small canister vac that works on DC that I've been meaning to locate in the attic. It may have a blower function and I wanted to get it in the trailer anyway.
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