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Old 10-02-2014, 06:57 PM   #1
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Question Buying used?

Would you buy a used Winnebago/Itasca DP with basement AC? Shopping and it looks like pre-2011 units have basement air. Just wondering what owners think of the basement unit, e.g. Cooling, heat pump, maintenance, and repair.
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Old 10-03-2014, 04:21 AM   #2
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I have basement air and love it. The only drawback I've seen is the room it takes up, but there is lots of storage room anyway
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Old 10-03-2014, 04:52 AM   #3
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I have heard that in very hot situations the unit is not strong enough to keep the rv very cool.
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Old 10-03-2014, 05:52 AM   #4
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I had a 2006 36SE Meridian DP and ran it in Kansas and Texas. I never had any problems with it cooling. I really liked the arrangement.
The cooling unit is back by the bedroom and the initial start up bothered us the first couple of nights but we became accustom to it.
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Old 10-03-2014, 06:14 AM   #5
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We were in Oklahoma in July this year and our coach was very comfortable with basement air. I prefer this over the roof air, less noise, no dripping condensation down awning or side walls, and is heat pump in the cool nights of fall.
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Old 10-03-2014, 06:39 AM   #6
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We love our basement air....2010 Adventurer, the last year they came with it from Winnebago. Having the a/c unit under and in the back of the coach does not create any more noise than if you were running your generator. The noise generated from the roof a/c unit up front was annoying to watch tv....noise in the back bedroom made sleeping tough, but you get use to it. We can run both a/c units on a 30 amp hookup ( 27 amps running both units....that includes the fridge)when we had the roof a/c, we could only run one unit on 30 amps. The cooling capacity was never a problem...it was always comfortable inside.
My personal opinion is the basement air unit is under the coach, and is not sitting in the sun when operating...therefore, I believe they run a little bit cooler. Remember the basement a/c unit is like any residential a/c unit....I have replaced the compressor motor with a little help to lower and pull the unit out from under the coach...you can obtain the parts from any parts house. The best part is, along with a/c it has heat pumps...which provide the extra heat without the furnace having to fire up.
I hated the condensation that ran off the roof.....the streaks left from that runoff was a constant chore to keep the sidewalls clean. On the roof I even used beads of caulk to redirect the runoff...it helped, but always a problem.

Two thumbs up for basement air
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Old 10-03-2014, 06:53 AM   #7
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We've had to spend all this summer in Tucson. Basement air has been perfect.
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Old 10-03-2014, 06:57 AM   #8
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Can both types of A/C units be serviced by regular HVAC guys? If your unit needs a recharge, is one type able to be done, or are both?

From what I'm reading, the basement air can be...which would be a Plus, but is that true of roof air, too?
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Old 10-03-2014, 07:06 AM   #9
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I am the guy who doesn't like his basement air. The system has 2 compressors, if you only have 30 amp service only 1 compressor will run. This is not enough to cool the house. If you have 50 amp service or running the genny it works fine. Your neighbors will HATE it. The noise and heat exhaust is at ground level and right into their camp.
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Old 10-03-2014, 08:31 AM   #10
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The noise and heat exhaust is at ground level and right into their camp.

Wow, something we never would have thought of unless the voice of experience told us!
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Old 10-03-2014, 12:02 PM   #11
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I like the unshaded room for solar panels (940 watts). We are currently on a 30amp hookup with 25amps, both compressors, showing on the load meter.
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We really like the basement A/C in our 2001 Journey. Just spent two weeks in Pahrump NV. with temps 99 to 101. Like the lower noise level over the roof units. You are sleeping on top of the A/C but we hardly noticed the noise. We then went to Williams AZ. to visit the Grand Canyon with temps in the high 40s at night. The heat pump worked great in keeping us warm. Also on the plus side is the lower roof clearance with the Basement A/C. Make sure that the ducting from the A/C to the roof duct is not leaking. That one of the week areas of the basement units.

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Old 10-03-2014, 02:16 PM   #13
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There are some negatives for basement air as has been mentioned in previous posts.

I think the positives far outweigh the negatives ... our former motorhome had ducted roof air ... I hated it when we were sitting in the front and running the air ... it required LOUD tv and LOUD conversation when ever it was on ... we kept the tv remote in hand and would raise and lower the volume at the condenser turned on and off ... maybe they are quieter now and have less reverberation ...

In terms of annoying the neighbors ... I think it is "a horse apiece" on roof and basement air ... you are running fans and compressors ... they make noise ...
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Old 10-03-2014, 02:52 PM   #14
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We have a 2009 Adventurer with basement air and have no problems with it. As mentioned, it is quieter than roof units when watching TV and you don't have to deal with the condensate. We spend at least 3 months every year in Key West and the basement air has not failed to keep us cool.
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