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Old 03-13-2005, 06:17 AM   #1
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we have winnebago with basement air but are looking at new coach with roof air(two). For those of you that have had both-which do you prefer and why. We really like the basement air but this is our first coach so we dont really have any comparison.
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Old 03-13-2005, 06:17 AM   #2
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we have winnebago with basement air but are looking at new coach with roof air(two). For those of you that have had both-which do you prefer and why. We really like the basement air but this is our first coach so we dont really have any comparison.
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Old 03-13-2005, 06:34 AM   #3
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Tom,
I have had both and am pleased with the basement air. We had a Georgie Boy Cruise Air with roof air and felt it did not properly cool the coach. On our 02 Chieftain, we had basement air and loved it. Had better control on cooling, etc. We now have a 05 Adventurer with basement air and again are please with it.
My wife likes the smooth exterior appearance on the roof also.
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Old 03-13-2005, 07:13 AM   #4
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I really like the basement air. I think it is an upgrade over roof air. I don't know why more manuf. don't use it. It is quieter, no water running off the roof, lower MH height, controlled from the thermostat on the wall.
It cools very well and would definately make a difference in my decision on a motor home purch.
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Old 03-13-2005, 07:38 AM   #5
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We've had both and prefer the basement HP. Don't use air that much but we do find the HP is great for warming up the coach and certainly beats the heat strips we had in our previous MH.

Having said that we do have two ceramic heaters for cool nights. There is no question that the noise can keep you awake - which is certainly the case with the rooftop units as well.
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Old 03-13-2005, 01:56 PM   #6
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We just upgraded from an Adventurer with basement air to an Itasca Sunrise with roof air. We could have gone with another Adventurer but having the basement unit underneath our bed woke us up every time it started. Roof air units (to us) are not as noisy when in bed.
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Guess we aree used to sleeping in noisy places. Basement air or heat pump running does not bother us much at night. Finf whole MH more comfortable even heat and cooling. Roof air. Always had to blast the front TV so you could hear it. Cool up front and warm in rear with roof air.
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Old 03-13-2005, 03:13 PM   #8
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Tom,

I've been using the heat pump in the basement air unit like crazy. It does about 85% of our heating for us. I like the basement unit for that reason if none else. The A/C works well too!

What noise?
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Old 03-13-2005, 03:38 PM   #9
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I have found the basement air to be noisy while sleeping in my Class A. My new Minnie has ducted rooftop air, so I will have a better comparison soon!
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Old 03-13-2005, 04:02 PM   #10
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FWIW, I have had both systems and much prefer the basement A/C & HP. It has been a cool winter here in Florida, the HP kept us completely comfortable with only the touch of the thermostat switch. It takes it from there. I have no problem with the sound of it running under the bed. Makes no more noise than my top airs in previous M/H's. In hot weather, the A/C is more than up to the job. It does not have to over come the sun beating down on it.
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......AC wise it is best to take hot air off ceiling and cool/dry it and drop it over the people in coach..... with heat it is the opposite......A/C and Heat are the same thing it all depends on ducting and fan volume in a motorhome and a house to some extent.....what most don't do is take the heat off the ceiling and suck it to the basement cool/dry and pump it back to the ceiling-letting it fall on the people and allowing for mixing.....easier said heat from the floor up and cool from the ceiling down....the mixing allows better usage of the air.....geof kaye
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I would say my HP workes better than our gas furnace. More even heat front and rear. Gas furnace keeps rear nice and warm. Front is a lot cooler. Winnebago gas heating SUCKS Royal.
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Old 03-14-2005, 07:01 AM   #13
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We've had both. Roof A/C in our previous Brave and basement A/C in our current Meridian. I like the basement A/C. It's quieter. when we looked for a new coach I avoided models with roof A/C. Noise in the bedroom is not an issue with either of us.
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Old 03-14-2005, 09:22 AM   #14
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I am a big fan of basement air. Compare central air in your home to window units. There really is no comparison.

The gentle purr under my pillow is a great mask of campground noise when the kids are out late.

I find it cools much better than previous rigs with roof air. I had it near the top of my short list of must-have items.

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