FollowupID: 760731 Submitted:
Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 17:43
Member - Alastair D (NSW) posted:
Yes I will post a new thread if I solve the issue in an interesting way but currently I doubt it.
This vehicle will be for offroad touring and initially I was not going to have an a/c or generator
. Since I will be spending a fair bit of money and our trips will be of reasonable duration, often months, and sometimes in humid conditions, I was told that we should include a/c for comfort reasons. I agreed rather than have a dispute in the planning phase.
We are travellers not stayers - by this I mean we do not tend to stop for many days in one place so daytime a/c is not an issue as it will be provided by the cabin a/c whilst travelling. Even now we rarely put the a/c on unless the conditions are really bad. If we were stayers I would be buying a caravan to tow behind the existing Landcruiser rather than going down the route I am.
Since we travel in remote areas and overseas I want reliability, minimum weight and space and standard units that are most likely to be supported away from home base. If the a/c or generator
breakdown then I will not see it as a major problem as I will not be dependent on them.
At the moment for all the above reasons I expect I will go for a Dometic roof a/c and a Honda 2KVA petrol generator
. This will meet the operation requirements and keep the cost down.
I thought I had come across something possible in the form of a Nanni diesel 3.5KVA generator
with electric start and low noise figures. It was heavy but I thought it was not impossible. Unfortunately when I read the specs properly it was designed for seawater cooling !!!
Whilst I respect the experiences of people who have used domestic a/c units I just don't believe they would stand up on some of the roads I have travelled on and also they would take up a lot more space.
I will let you know what my final decision is. It will probably be about 12 months before the fitting out decisions will be actioned.