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Old 09-19-2019, 10:51 AM   #1
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2019 Outback 260UML - 2nd AC Specifications

My wife and I just finished our first cross-country trip with our new 2019 Outback (11K miles and over 45 stops). This is our first TT (tent camped for the first 30 years together). What we realized is that the single AC unit really struggled in the heat of the south west. Our trailer is wired and prepped for a second AC unit in the bedroom with 50 amp service, but when I asked Camping World for a price to install a new unit, they said it would be about $2K which is way more than I figured. I am trying to get the make and model of what Keystone installs for the second AC unit so I can get some other estimates. The main AC is a Dometic unit. I have e-mailed Keystone but from my experiences so far I am doubtful that I will get a response. Would appreciate the assist.
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Old 09-19-2019, 11:55 AM   #2
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In the zipped up bag of docs that came with your trailer, you should have the manuals etc for the existing AC unit. That should give you a head start. The next question is 13,500BTU or 15,000?
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Old 09-19-2019, 12:30 PM   #3
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The one that came on ours was a Dometic Brisk Air 15k. I added (CW) a Dometic Penguin II (low profile) 13.5 in the bedroom. I have to say it is a wonderful addition for warmer areas.

I believe the cost from CW for the AC was around 800?? maybe in 2014. That included the interior control panel, vents etc. Total cost was less than $1k but don't recall exactly. 2K to have a 2nd unit installed is a little fer fetched to me. I would contact another dealer.
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Old 09-20-2019, 03:30 AM   #4
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you could also check into purchasing a unit yourself and finding a reputable independent rv tech or mobile tech and get an installation estimate.
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Old 09-20-2019, 04:26 AM   #5
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I have to agree, $2K is out of line. Unit cost is $600-$800 depending on features. Install is 2hrs max and unless they have outrageous labor rates, they are gouging you.
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Old 09-20-2019, 05:01 AM   #6
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you need to look at the price of the a/c, some are running over a $1000 at CW. Figure 3 or 4 hours of labor and you aren't to far from the $2K cost.


As stated above, go try another rv dealer.
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Old 09-20-2019, 09:18 AM   #7
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Try anybody anywhere but Camping World!!!
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Old 09-20-2019, 09:36 AM   #8
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Suggest you get a regular Dometic Brisk II 13.5K btu for your bedroom. Most use a 13.5K btu in the bedroom although power requirements (draw) are not all that different for a 15K unit. $539. This is what I replaced our original A/C with (also Dometic)

https://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/...tioners_B57915

Your ceiling is already wired and braced so you will essentially be hooking up the AC voltage. You will need to control the A/C unit with a lower unit which is plug and play with the unit above. You will need to turn it on and off at the ceiling mounted controls but won't need to worry about two zone wall mounted controls.

https://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/...ls_3314851.000

This thing costs $70.

If there is any ducting up in the bedroom, you can block it off or leave it connected to the front unit. If there is wiring to wire the 2nd A/C into your wall mounted thermostat, it is likely plug and play and the thermostat will be capable of two zone control. If you are not sure, call an INDEPENDENT RV TECH and go over this with him. Install should take less than an hour. Camping World is likely not where you want to get this done. It also makes sense that the tech is Dometic certified so the warranty can take effect. If they are not, Dometic may not stand behind the new A/C if there is a problem. The Penguin unit is lower/more compact and costs about $300 more than the BRISK II.
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Old 09-28-2019, 05:21 AM   #9
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$2k is way over priced. I just added a second unit on our Hideout. The unit and ceiling cover along with a wall stat cost just under $900. The install took we about 3 hours or so with no prior experience and having to fish in a new stat wire. The install was exceptionally simple. Congrats in your new trailer. Welcome to the forum from SE Texas.
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3-4 hrs labor to install? If itís prewired an hour and a half tops. I know it can be done start to finish in 45 minutes. Unit should be more than $700.00 tops, so TOTAL cost should be about 1K.
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3-4 hrs labor to install? If itís prewired an hour and a half tops. I know it can be done start to finish in 45 minutes. Unit should be more than $700.00 tops, so TOTAL cost should be about 1K.
Yep, it took me that long. But I had probably half that time tied up in fishing T-stat wire and DC wire for the T-stat.
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