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Old 08-05-2013, 07:21 PM   #1
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We have a Redwood 36FB we purchased new in November 2012.



As it gets a little hot in Texas the ability of our A/C and Heat Pump can't keep up with the rising temperatures. Specifically, if we have our thermostats set at 73 degrees, the temps can consistenty get over 80 degrees in the Redwood while the temp outside hovers around 100.



We have a Blackwood 5th wheel across the street (same RV park) that is only about 3 degrees difference between the thermostat setting and the Blackwood temp inside.



The dealer acted as if this is not unusual. What have other experienced in this type of heat?
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Old 08-05-2013, 07:25 PM   #2
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1 AC or 2?
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Old 08-05-2013, 07:26 PM   #3
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Have you adjusted your vents in bathroom, kitchen and living room to balance the air flow? Perhaps there is cold air escaping due to ducts not sealed properly. I would call Redwood service and inquire about the AC not functioning to maintain a reasonable level of comfortability in the coach.
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Old 08-05-2013, 07:36 PM   #5
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we added a third ac in the bedroom keeps us at about 72 daytime night 67 !!! . we are in port A texas
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Old 08-05-2013, 07:53 PM   #6
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When we've been in S. Texas and the temp gets close to 100, we get the A/C's started early and keep the shades facing the sun closed. The temp stays in the mid 70's. We use the ceiling fan and a small fan in the bedroom to help circulate the air. Where did you mount your 3rd A/C, where the fantastic fan is?. I would imagine you had to do some extra wiring since I have never seen an RV wired for 3 A/C's. Can you run anything else with the 3 running on a 50A. park service?
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:50 PM   #7
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We have the same problem. It seems impossible to regulate the ac. The thermostat shows in the 80's in the RW, but for me it is cold. I am always cold. Wink is always HOT. The bedroom is always HOT. We keep a small fan in there to help a little. At night it is not too bad. We keep all of the black out shades down all the time. I can't wait until fall when I can actually look outside during the day.

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Old 08-05-2013, 10:12 PM   #8
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We've had our 36RL in upper 90 degree temps and with shades drawn and both AC running (on 50 amp service) were able to keep the inside temp in the lower 70s, but with only one running (while on 30 amp service) the day time temp would climb into the low 80s.
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:25 PM   #9
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I had my RL in AZ with 100 plus temps without a problem. We like to sleep with it cold and we keep it in the low 70's all day long.

1. keep the ceiling vents closed
2. keep the closet door open and let the built up heat escape
3. keep your basment doors closed
4. wash your filters
5. keep your awnings open to give shade to the side of the coach
6. we have a tower fan that we run in the living room
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in addition to keeping the vents closed, cover them as well. a pillow or anything will keep out a lot of heat.
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To clarify, we have one AC and one heat pump. The heat pump cools as well for those not familiar.
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We also keep all window shades closed at all times. The thermostat is set for 73 day and night. Yet the temps in the afternoon get to be over 80 degrees inside the RV.



We have an appointment for warranty service coming up and hope we just need freon or some adjustments.



We do not have a 3rd AC unit.
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in addition to keeping the vents closed, cover them as well. a pillow or anything will keep out a lot of heat.
That's a good point
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Oh....
not encouraging for us Texas dwellers

My current rv with 2 15k's keep it cool once cooled...
but it does take a while to first cool down!
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in addition to keeping the vents closed, cover them as well. a pillow or anything will keep out a lot of heat.
That's a good point
Camping World has insulated vent inserts that go inside the camper. I also have the black shade that lets you still see out plus the solid black that will allow the camper to be pitch black. This also helps with the heat.
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Sounds like you could be suffering from the collapsed air return ducts. These are not metal ducts and if they're not careful during the install they can become crushed seriously restricting the return air flow, which in turn causes low cold air output. Might try removing the return duct covers and filters and use a mirror to take a peek, or maybe a digital to take pics inside the duct. Just something to check.
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It would be easier to check air flow with smoke from a match or hold a kleenex up to the vent.
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We added a 3rd in the FL to keep temp down to 63. 55 at night. 75
when outside was 111 in Garner state park. Use back door as a temp room bath room both doors closed when we come in. Small cool air lose.Edited by: RifRaff
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20 minutes cooldown with 3 a/c units.
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