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    Default Air circulating fan vs air condition unit for dog trailer

    I have a 12 hole dog trailer that I picked up. I am making modifications to my needs. Airing lights, kennel lights and etc. While I have it apart I figured a would run ducting for either a air circulating fan or an air condition. I am planning on making training runs during the winter to the east coast. My goal is to eventually move down there. So I want to rig it up now while its apart.
    The trailer I have is insulated 2" thick and it has a white exterior aluminum skin.
    During the summer months down south some others have told me just to use ice bags in each kennel. Some have fans and others rave about the air condition units.

    What do most of you use during the heat of summer?
    What is a good manufacturer for either?
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    Personally, I think an A/C is overkill.

    You will be bringing them out into the real life elements. A circulating fan and proper ventilation is all you need.

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    hi..I use a honda 2000I with a window unit,and it works fine.I also have Rigid air mover that blows a hurricane in the eight hole topper.Yes it is overkill.Thats what I want.

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    If you go with an A/C unit, one thing I suggest is an alarm system that will make you aware of any system failure. Driving with an A/C trailer could get really tragic if the cooling failed and you were not aware.
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    No doubt,Bob,we use a 960 CFM exahust fan(DC) at the same time as a backup.

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    I train in Texas during the summers....when I have to. All you need is a good exhaust fan in a well insulated box. You want to pull the hot air out of the box. I currently have a 3 hole Ainley that replaced a 2 hole Ainley. I've never had a problem even in temps reaching well over 100.

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    Depending on what your trailer is made out of if you have an AC unit put in and it leaks it can ruin your roof and possibly other places on your trailer you cannot monitor. I bought a second hand trailer and this is exactly what happened. Only found it after it was home and after the damage was found and to the exstiveness of the damage I was at a loss. The worst purchase I have ever made.
    I would highly suggest the fan only.

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    I've seen dogs refuse to get out of AC'd boxes/trailers down here.

    Fans are enough for the majority of cases.

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    Thanks for you help.
    I still haven't decided yet.
    I think I'm going to lean towards the air circulating fan. I'm going to wire it in so it is controlled by a digital thermostat. One for the front six and one for the aft six.

    Now I've got to decide what diameter. Single speed or multiple speed and etc. Plus one that will draw down the battery the least.
    Ideas and recommendations are welcome.
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