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Old 05-23-2019, 05:10 AM   #11
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So far no deal breakers! Thanks for the responses. Not sure I will delete the rear AC unit until I can see the real benefit in doing so. The wife and I are looking forward to making the purchase and getting it set up for some extended road trips. We live in the Bay Area and the kids are getting close to making their own money (YES) so we are looking forward to the next chapter! Plan to learn everything Sprinter closer to home and eventually explore the coast in both directions from summers in Alaska to winters Baja. Hoping to pick it up this weekend!

So does the stock A/C actually keep the entire van cool in hot weather while driving or is the roof mounted unit needed? The van does seat six for now.


I have a 2016 passenger van, in hot weather the dashboard ac doesn’t cool the whole van, the cold air just dissipate to the back of the van so we also have to turn on the rear ac to feel comfortable.


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Old 05-23-2019, 08:17 AM   #12
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But where are you located? That makes a huge difference. And what’s your temp/humidity?


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Old 05-23-2019, 03:17 PM   #13
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We love our passenger van. We camp down to mid teens in it and while the heater runs more than it otherwise would without all the glass, window coverings are an adequate solution. My kids love being able to see everything thats going on outside on our trips, its great for watching the sun come up in the morning from bed, its a ****-ton easier to drive with all that glass to see out of. Seating flexibility is great.

We have no issue with the dash AC cooling our van, but its heavily insulated and has a fiberglass pop-top which further insulates it. Before we insulated it, absolutely the dash AC WOULD NOT keep up even on a warm day. For reference we are in CA, and travel extensively in UT, AZ, NV, CO. We regularly see temps in the 100's through the deserts.
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Old 05-25-2019, 11:50 AM   #14
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I'm in the Bay Area. Great responses. I appreciate the information. Picking it up today if everything happens according to plan. Tossing and turning in bed all night and I even dreamed I got it and someone stole the wheels off it the first day! Lol I'll post pictures once I get it home. Can't believe I'm about to spend 70K+ on a van!
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Old 05-26-2019, 06:48 PM   #15
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Old 05-27-2019, 07:25 PM   #16
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very nice 4x4 P van, congrats!

i do not have, want, or need the rear ac. on a hot summer day the dash ac needs to be at full blast, but that is sufficient. mine is a low roof, however
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Old 06-01-2019, 02:50 PM   #17
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I just picked up the same van and color only a 2017 that I'm looking to do a light family adventure wagon conversion. Bed, storage, portable fridge. I am trying to figure out how I get some sort of roof rack or bars and a awning as well.
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