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Old 07-01-2013, 02:00 AM   #21
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I got my bus local to me.... I am in Dallas Tx area, it is HOT here. As my bus was local it is equipped with 2 AC units for use while driving. I got that covered, the front unit (which is smaller) is 35K BTU, so I estimate my capacity at 70K BTU while the engine is running. I assure you it cools down the interior very quickly and keeps it cool. The driver's seat is in front of the AC vents and as such is a bit warm...working on ducting a bit of air down from the front unit. My biggest concern is my dogs need AC when I am not in the bus with them, at least they do from late March through early November. I plan on using my bus as a large dog crate while I attend markets and shows at which I will be a vendor. This means several unattended hours, so I need a bullet-proof plan for environmental control so I don't roast my dogs. I cannot even imagine trying to run a bus with no AC in Texas in the summer. I was raised in Miami, Fl and as a teen we didn't have AC in our cars. To be honest we never cared. Now at almost 40 there ain't no way in any universe I would even attempt to drive a car with no AC. Maybe the world is hotter, maybe I am just less tolerant but either way I can't take it. I don't know how expensive or difficult they are to get, but the Trans/air units in my bus are worth every penny I paid for the bus!
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:51 AM   #22
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Reading all this makes me glad I just got a roof air unit I know it's not efficient, but install sure was easy!!
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Old 07-01-2013, 03:22 PM   #23
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We plan on installing a generator before we move to east TX. I wan a hefty one. I think we will end up with a 5k - 7k gas contractor generator and do a trifuel converstion kit on it so we csn run it on LP. We'll be carrying five bbq tank under the bus. To power the 13.5k btu rooftop ac unit on the class c, it took a 2.5k onan. And then it bogged down and could not run the air, refrigerstor and freezer all at the same time. So the closer to 7k we can get, the better.

We also stay parked most of thr time. Even when we move to TX, we will be looking for a lot to buy snd park the bus on to save on site rent and be able to work on the bus. NM sun is rough on dark coloured paint, so that needs a bit of sanding and touch up.
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Old 07-01-2013, 03:30 PM   #24
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Reading all this has made me move to not doing a thing. Way too much effort and money for what you get in return.
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Old 07-01-2013, 04:56 PM   #25
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Reading all this has made me move to not doing a thing. Way too much effort and money for what you get in return.
Well then, you are welcome for the savings in both time and money. Please enjoy a cold adult beverage in celebration!
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Old 07-01-2013, 09:06 PM   #26
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Opus....I think its a lot easier to handle with where your living. Not that I don't think it will never get hot up there in Montana but here in my neck of the woods (Dallas/Fort Worth)....Satan starts to preheat the over say late May and in full swing by June and doesn't let up till close to October in some cases. This week we are getting abnormal weather.....65 at night and upper 80s during the day but again last week we have 106 with about 50% humidity.

I am sure you guys make fun of us for the cold down here since it doesn't get super cold here that much so all is fair in love and war.

I think there are a lot of good ideas on here. Keep them coming.
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Today was 105.4 with 7%...ugh.
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:48 PM   #28
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I wouldn't think that would be super common for you? That high pressure is jacking you guys up. Hang in there....hydrate
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:07 PM   #29
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Meh, once a year usually. I'm a singer, hydrate is my middle name.
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Old 07-02-2013, 05:28 PM   #30
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Great, continue on. You can be the test rabbit for now. Thank you. ;)
Harumph. That's all I have to say! Maybe I'll drag my feet in hopes that some other kind soul will surface with a tale of what was tried and didn't work out so well, or maybe actually did work, and save me some trouble with the experimentation.
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