13,500 or 15,000 BTU ??

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  1. bdlaue

    bdlaue New Member

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    Not sure what I need. Just bought a new 07 Starcraft 1701, 8ft box without AC. It was a budget issue when buying without AC. I know we will need it soon in Texas, as summers (as well as spring and fall) can be quite hot here.
    Have been looking at roof mounted Carrier, on line at RV Supply Warehouse. Has anyone here had any dealing with those folks?
    What size would you experienced guys recommend? 13,500 or 15,000btu
     
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    I have a 12' box and they put the larger one in. I would call your rv store where you bought it and ask them what they normally install in your size. Welcome to the portal.

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    Not sure what I need. Just bought a new 07 Starcraft 1701, 8ft box without AC. It was a budget issue when buying without AC. I know we will need it soon in Texas, as summers (as well as spring and fall) can be quite hot here.
    Have been looking at roof mounted Carrier, on line at RV Supply Warehouse. Has anyone here had any dealing with those folks?
    What size would you experienced guys recommend? 13,500 or 15,000btu


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    I did the 15k carrier Air V low profile. It cost a bit more but it is alot lower in height (around 6" or so) We got ours from Family RV Repair. They will drop ship from Carrier to you. Here's a picof mine installed

    Ray Cooper
    Tigard OR

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    The boys & one Girl... Katie, Buddy, Toby, Ralphie, Sammy, & D.B."Cooper"
     
  4. Fairview 2001

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    I have a 12' box with a slide and I camp in the Florida Keys.I went with a Coleman Mach 15.

    15k maybe a little much for a 8' box.

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    I put the 13500 on my 10' box. It does ok but if I did it again I would go with the 15K

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    We have a 13,500 on ours and it keeps the camper very comfortable, but I don't live in TX! I think I would be tempted to go for the 15,000 unit if I lived further south. I would also be adding the solar bunk end covers.

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    15K would have to work less to cool the pup. Working it less may mean it would last longer.

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    The only issue that I see is that a 15k if it is to big for the area being cooled, it will constantly cycle on and off. The 13.5 will cycle smoother and last longer in the long run.

    Of course, I could be wrong! I am only going on what I have been told.

    Do we have any HVAC guys that want to give us some lay people some guidance here? <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Wink">

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  10. bdlaue

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    Got er done. Installed a Carrier 13,500 BTU with heat strip. Not a bad job, maybe 3 hrs or so.
    This is on 07 Starcraft I was seeking info on.
    Ordered from RV Supply
    Warehouse
    \\http://search.rvsupplywarehouse.com/search.aspx?criteria=RV+Air+Conditioners
    $589, free shipping, no sales tax, arrived in less than a week.
    And biggest surprise, everything works. This was my first install.
    DW is happy now.
     
  11. Fairview 2001

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    Congratulations on the install!

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