Who likes the aircon on with all windows up, Whilst driving in the summer mths

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I like the air con! ,but can't stand all the windows up for to long, while driving a distance ,A small amount of cold air on the dial ,and a couple of windows half down does me.......Swmbo goes mad.....But them the breaks!..Lol


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Reply By: Member - shane (SA) - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 20:50

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 20:50
I don't see the point in having it on then. why don't you have the air on flow threw?

shane.
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Reply By: Eric Experience - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 20:50

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 20:50
Axle.
We don't like the air con on for long periods.
We have a large vent in the roof of the Merc, it is a sky light opened backwards,with the rear windows open a little we have plenty of cool air without the blustering of windows down. Eric
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Follow Up By: Member - Axle - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 21:08

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 21:08
Sounds like a good thing Eric!.....Yes the wind noise in some vehicles with windows down can be annoying


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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 20:55

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 20:55
Thats like having the aircon at home and leaving the windows open.

They arent built to cool the whole neighbourhood.

Same with the car isnt there to cool the countryside just the inside of the car.

Good way to stuff it.

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Follow Up By: Member - Axle - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 21:21

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 21:21
But who likes driving a cold glass box on wheels!,....Got to have that natural breeze mate........Take a lot of Ks before it stuffed up anyway...LOL


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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 21:45

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 21:45
I hope so for your sake as it takes about a day to get dash out before starting on aircon


Neighbour had to do his Mega bucks.

Natural breeze was 50deg the other day for us, windows up tight

adjust air to suit.


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Reply By: kiwicol1 - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 21:09

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 21:09
Im a trucky, i drive with A/C on about 2 and the window fully open, very comfortable, A/C just keeps the heat at bay and window keeps that open air back yard BBQ feeling.
Helps keep my cool when dealing with you caravanners.

Col
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Follow Up By: kiwicol1 - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 21:12

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 21:12
Thats also why i bought a triumph Stag comvertible for a toy, just whish i had more hair to stop sun burn.

Col
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Follow Up By: Member - Axle - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 21:15

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 21:15
HAhahaha!,,,,, A Blonde Wig might do the trick!',....LOL



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Follow Up By: kiwicol1 - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 21:18

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 21:18
Yer but i dont have the boobys to be called Marilyon. Col
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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 22:16

Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 22:16
Yeah....I'm with you ......If its hot, aircond on.....windows down.


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Reply By: Dave B ( BHQ NSW) - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 21:10

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 21:10
I think by having the windows open, your A/C will never reach the temp to cut out and cycle.
That way your compressor is going all the time and your just wasting power from your motor turning the compressor needlessly.
It works with the windows open a bit if you have an evaporative A/C in your car, but there are not too many cars fitted with them ;<)
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Reply By: Member - Amy G (QLD) - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 21:33

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 21:33
I'm not a big fan of the air con... it's just toooo cold. I usually put it on if the car has been sitting in the sun to cool things down, but when we're travelling we usually put the windows down- we much prefer the fresh air!
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 21:49

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 21:49
Hmmmm We have had 4 days of over 46 and two over 50 recently.

Wind the window down and it would burn the skin off your face


Leaving windows down and air on also uses more fuel with compressor gasping

for breath trying to cool half the country
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Follow Up By: Member - Amy G (QLD) - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 21:59

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 21:59
We put the windows down, we don't use the air conditioner when the windows are down- seems a little pointless to me too, but each to their own.

In your car, you can do what you like :)
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 22:11

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 22:11
Sorry,second sentence was an observation not a criticism
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Follow Up By: Member - Amy G (QLD) - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 22:14

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 22:14
No worries :)
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Reply By: Member - Bruce T (SA) - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 21:51

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 21:51
Hi Axle,

Why not use fresh air on the car and that way you should have the best of both worlds.

Bruce and Di
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Reply By: Member - Lionel A (WA) - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 22:03

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 22:03
My windows are the air-con....lol.

My elbow gets red and dry over summer and cold and wet during winter.

In fact my elbow has worn the paint on the top of the door to bare metal.


Cheers.....Lionel.
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Follow Up By: Member - Axle - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 22:08

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 22:08
Jeez!!!.. Lionel ......You sound just like a Defender Driver!....LOL




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Reply By: Shaker - Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 23:48

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010 at 23:48
Forum is going downhill, with threads as inane as this!
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Follow Up By: The Boss - Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 03:44

Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 03:44
I agree. Nothing positive ever comes from his keyboard.
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Follow Up By: Dave... Adelaide (SA - Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 12:22

Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 12:22
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark G Gulmarrad - Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 19:19

Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 19:19
shaker

its cause of wingers like you who dont like the so called OT threads is why there are no more interesting topics.

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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 22:06

Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 22:06
Hi Mark,

I reckon this thread is on topic; its about what we like doing in a certain way when we are out on the road..

For whats its worth - some trips I do the whole lot with windows up and air con on, and some trips I do all with the air con off with the windows down.

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Follow Up By: Member - Mark G Gulmarrad - Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 22:19

Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 22:19
Alan

i 'm with you mate not against you........its just that when EO decided to get tough with what you can or cant say on here the range of topics decreased some what and now there are repeated topics on the forum these days because of that.

cheers. :-)
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Reply By: Stu & "Bob" - Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 00:09

Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 00:09
No point having air con unless your teeth are chattering.

A/c on full and windows up for me.

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Follow Up By: Madfisher - Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 10:18

Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 10:18
Same for me, but usually crack a rear window by 20mm to get better airflow. The colder it is the more alert you are. I prefer the air on fresh, but if it is over 35 will switch to recyle to get it colder..
Have noticed a lot of our cars come back on recyle though and they invariably smell.
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Reply By: The Boss - Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 03:48

Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 03:48
I myself, dont go anywhere around town without air con at this time of year.

But on bush roads, the windows are down, enjoying the smells and sounds. Unless its really hot or fires around.

My old man would drive with window down and air con on low, unless it was a long trip then he would have his window up. He hated being boxed in though, prefered the fresh air.

Once off the bitumen, if the window aint down and your arm aint perched along the window sill then somethings wrong.
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Reply By: Member - Clive G (NZ) - Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 08:20

Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 08:20
My aircon stays on 365/yr in the Cruiser and Ute, just adjust the Temp control according the seasons. Mind you we don’t get much over 30dg in this area. When it does, down goes the window as I love that fresh air, but the aircon stays on. Always have the L/Hand rear window down at least 1/3 so to give the dog in the back some air.

Recently fitted a set of four “Toyota” monsoon shields to the Cruiser, what a difference they made to that wind buffeting, now I can put more windows down, still with the aircon on.

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Follow Up By: Member - Axle - Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 10:53

Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 10:53
G/Day Clive, How was the price for the monsoon shields off Toyo?

Sounds like a good idea


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Follow Up By: Member - Clive G (NZ) - Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 13:31

Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 13:31
Hi Axle. It was eye watering stuff, NZ$317.78 for set of 4. Can only buy here as full set, but far superior quality than the after market type. Graduated tinting at the top to protect face and shoulder from the sun. Quite fiddly to fit and window frame has to be super clean (meths or like).
The instructions are easy to follow if you can read Japanese. LOL.

If you happen to get a set give us an MM and I’ll pass on what I learnt from my episode

Cheers. Clive.
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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 14:33

Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 14:33
Windows down increases drag and fuel consumption

Aircon on increases fuel consumption.

Aircon on with windows open ???

There are one way flap valves that let the air out- its not as if the car will over-inflate and explode if you leave the windows closed when you turn on the AC.
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Follow Up By: Member - Timbo - Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 13:30

Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 13:30
Agree Bob, they're called cabin exhaust vents and most 4WD wagons have them near the rear side windows.

Keeping the cabin pressurised is actually a good way to reduce the amount of dust sucked in, particularly through the back door seals. Put one window down though and you create a low pressure system inside the car which sucks more dust in.
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Reply By: Member - Jack - Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 16:30

Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 16:30
Dunno why you need to ask everyone else what they like. If that is what you like, do it. If swmbo does not like it, that's your problem, nobody else's.

If you can't make your mind up, try both.

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Follow Up By: Member - Axle - Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 17:36

Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 17:36
Don't worry yourself about it mate, If your not interested in talking about a posted topic then don't reply!!,,,,,, Simple.


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Reply By: Member - ross m (WA) - Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 19:33

Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 19:33
I do the same thing so you get fresh air and cold air at the same time LOL

Also,the air pressure from the aircon keeps the outside air turbulence to a minimum
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Follow Up By: Member - Axle - Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 19:52

Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 19:52
Well we both can't be nuts!!!,,,, Or can we??....LOL.


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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 22:39

Sunday, Jan 24, 2010 at 22:39
When I am running at open road speeds I keep the windows up and the A/C on. When we come to a town and the speed goes down so do the windows.

When leaving town the speed goes up and so do the windows.

Oh! If I don't turn the A/C off when I put the windows down SWMBO chucks a wobbly. Most of the time she doesn't notice until we are heading out of town anyway.

In the old MQ with the SD33 I would sometimes turn the A/C off when climbinb a big hill. With the old Slow Diesel every little helped. It's not an issue in the GU.

Duncs
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Reply By: Member - Timbo - Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 13:35

Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 13:35
I must admit I like the feeling of the wind at lower speeds, but the 'hurricane' tearing through the cabin at highway speeds is a bit much (so the windows go up).

On dirt roads (medium to high speed), the windows go up and the air on 'fresh' to pressurise the cabin (helps reduce the amount of dust sucked in through the rear door seals).

A/C is only used as/when required to cool down when it's hot, or to defog the windows.
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