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 Post subject: Adding a 2nd A/C Unit
PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:01 pm 
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I have a 2016 RF316rls that I'd like to add the second a/c in the bedroom where the roof vent is. I understand it prewired for power. What about the thermostat. I was watching a youtube video that a guy did an installation a Grand Design that had the thermostat prewired at the bedroom light switch. Will my Roamer have this? Also I assume the ducting is accessible to tie into.The dealer wants about $1200 to do this, but I found a complete kit online for $650 with free shipping for the 13.5k btu Brisk II. Watching the video, it doesn't seem to be too big of a job.
Here's the youtube 2 part video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yh2QBZDAVvw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1kVsfJ38N4
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:27 pm 
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My 316RLS came with both ACs factory installed, so I don't have first hand experience to help you.
However I can tell you that the bedroom thermostat is in the trim wall to the left of the closet.
So that is where to look for that end of the wire if it is pre-wired. (see pic)

On my rig, if you follow the trim piece that is in the closet, behind the thermostat all the way up to the ceiling,
there is a bout a 1.5" gap that you can reach in and feel a 110V power wire and the thermostat wire.
If there is no gap on yours, just remove that trim inside the closet to see if the wire is there.

Hope that helps.
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Hi JK,
Not sure this will help you but my Light 319 (very similar to yours but not exactly) has a dealer installed bedroom ac unit. It doesn’t have a thermostat and doesn’t tie into the ductwork. I would imagine that you do not have that option unless you do some serious work. If the dealer wants $1200 you probably will be looking at major renovations to get it into the duct and run the thermostat down under the trim. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the way mine was put in. It will blow sideways or straight down. Runs on a switch. I got it thrown in for free as a dealer incentive. Not even factored in on the invoice. So, I can’t complain. If you do it yourself just make it easy and skip the thermostat.

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JK,

I pretty certain you'll find that the location for the 2nd AC is setup to use the ducting.
And I think you'll really appreciate that it uses that ducting. You are probably aware,
but one real advantage of 2 ducted ACs is that you run the one at the 'other end of the trailer'
to reduce the AC noise you hear.

How do you to know where the hole has to be cut in the ceiling for proper mounting location?

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No hole to cut John. There's a roof vent in that location the exact size. The brochure says 'Wired and Framed for Additional A/C'. My main concerns are the ducting (which I'm pretty sure is there) and the thermostat wiring.
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I hope I am wrong. Please let us know how it goes.

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We had a second AC added to our 272RLS just earlier this year and here's what we found.

The new AC will tie into the existing ducting that goes into the bedroom. So if either AC is running you will get at least some output all through the trailer.

They will add a second thermostat. Where will probably depend on the exact layout of the room. On ours it was right by the door that leads into the bedroom. I am not sure if the wiring for the thermostat was already there or whether they ran new wiring.

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jkjavelin wrote:
No hole to cut John. There's a roof vent in that location the exact size....
JK

Oops. Of course. My bad.

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Well, my dealer had a Black Saturday sale today--25% off everything in stock-- so I got there when they opened and they had the whole setup in stock, so I bought it for about the same price as the online place and will have them do the installation. Saved $230 off their normally inflated price. My wife didn't like the thought of me wrestling that thing up on the roof anyway. I was a little surprised they had one on hand. Thanks guys.
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