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This is a repost of a thread I started yesterday but now seems to have disappeared

Another one those things I've been thinking about for a while... My rig was originally intended for Africa and whilst it doesn't have many luxuries (no electric windows, vinyl flooring, etc) it does have aircon. I tend to use it on faster highway sections during the warmer months. On our last overland trip we used it occasionally in the desert where it was great for keeping the dust out of the rig but also found it better not to. Not using it meant that we became more acclimatised to the heat and it was less of a shock when we got out of the rig. On the negative side it uses a bit more fuel and takes power from the engine. I've also heard mention of people getting seriously dehydrated through using aircon for long periods in warmer climes.

I guess for some this might be more of a seasonal question but I'm wondering who has air conditioning fitted and who uses what I've heard described as the 'plastic air'?
 
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@Tim you are all good with this one. Needed to roll back the site several hours to recover and lost a few posts in the process. Thanks for your patience with that.

I use aircon when rolling down the highway but I shut it down for slower trail stuff as it causes the engine to run a little warmer.
 
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@Tim you are all good with this one. Needed to roll back the site several hours to recover and lost a few posts in the process. Thanks for your patience with that.

I use aircon when rolling down the highway but I shut it down for slower trail stuff as it causes the engine to run a little warmer.
Thanks Chris, had a few beers last night but was starting to wonder if I had dreamt yesterday!


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When the weather is nice I roll the windows down and enjoy the day but I use the A/C to cut humidity and when traveling fast. Modern vehicles are designed for maximum fuel economy with the windows up and the A/C on. My Xterra regularly gets 18-19mpg like this and my crew cab truck will do 15mpg on the highway full of kids and beach gear for a week.

I think that's close to what I said last time... :grinning:
 
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When the weather is nice I roll the windows down and enjoy the day but I use the A/C to cut humidity and when traveling fast. Modern vehicles are designed for maximum fuel economy with the windows up and the A/C on. My Xterra regularly gets 18-19mpg like this and my crew cab truck will do 15mpg on the highway full of kids and beach gear for a week.

I think that's close to what I said last time... :grinning:
Cheers, sounds about right [emoji2]

I'm a big fan of enjoying the fresh air too when I can.


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With dogs and/or boyfriend, it's in the JKU and AC is on. If it's just me, no A/C, doors off with bimini top in the 2 dr JK. A/C stuffs me up.
 
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With dogs and/or boyfriend, it's in the JKU and AC is on. If it's just me, no A/C, doors off with bimini top in the 2 dr JK. A/C stuffs me up.
Oh for a vehicle I can take the roof and doors off on!


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Living in Texas (like most of the South) it's pretty much a requirement here. Even in North Texas the humidity is pretty rough.

Of course if the weather is permitting then windows are down and ac is off!

West Texas is far better as it's mostly desert, but the dust and wind out there will tend to force windows up.

We go up to the Alpine Loop area of SW Colorado every summer and the ac is rarely on there.
 
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Use it work, play, when ever I need it. I am accustomed to the heat, but why not be comfortable when you can.


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I've got it, but rarely use it. I'm a windows down kind of guy. I did use it when it hit 104 degrees in Portland traffic last weekend though on my way back to BC, that was a bit much to sit in with no roof on.
 
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