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Old 02-14-2021, 01:44 PM   #11
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I had the Starcool in my last van and would not recommend it for a shore/generator solution. It worked excellent on the 12 volt mode when driving but on 110 it just wasn't enough to keep things cool. I would add a moving blanket to make the bed area smaller and it was ok but as mentioned above it was super loud and not really that effective.

I know adding things like a vent to a SMB pop top can void your warranty so I wouldn't try that on a new van. You could do the portable AC option like 86Scotty used in an unzipped pop top window or a rear window install like the GTRV or some members have done.

In my other van I had a combo AC/Espar unit that was for an 18 wheeler. While the fan was more powerful it still had similar results. Unless you can put a real RV overhead 13K BTU AC I would say skip it based on my experience with two attempts.
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Old 02-14-2021, 04:41 PM   #12
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Not sure how the Danhard system works but the 110 Starcool shore compressor has been a waste of money for my needs. I just avoid hot environments when possible and plan my trips around the weather. But I use the 12 volt air conditioner as soon as the temps reach 85 degrees and the 12v add-on system is something I'd have a hard time without while driving in hot weather.
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Old 02-15-2021, 10:18 AM   #13
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Thanks for all the replies. We've made the decision to eliminate the Danhart from our build and reserve the monies for an auxiliary fuel tank for further reach into Baja.
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Old 02-15-2021, 11:42 AM   #14
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The problems I have with the 120v Starcool are:
The chassis mount evaporator fan corrodes out on a seasonal basis requiring replacement.
It's just too damn noisy, inside and out.
It's too power hungry to use anywhere but on shore power or generator(see, too damn noisy)
Running the motor and running the cab AC has served me better on the rare occasions where I needed a cool down/dehumidify cycle.
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