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Old 09-30-2007, 06:08 PM   #491
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I know you've considered road dirt getting into the shroud area and you've put some hefty screening on the 2-1/2" holes to keep the critters out!

Nice job. Really like not having the A/C on the roof. I've got a couple of those room A/Cs just sitting in the shed...

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Old 09-30-2007, 06:42 PM   #492
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Old 09-30-2007, 09:32 PM   #493
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Do you mind if I borrow your A/C install Idea?

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Old 10-01-2007, 04:35 AM   #494
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I know you've considered road dirt getting into the shroud area and you've put some hefty screening on the 2-1/2" holes to keep the critters out!

Nice job. Really like not having the A/C on the roof. I've got a couple of those room A/Cs just sitting in the shed...

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I haven't put the screens in yet, but it's definitely in the plan! I wanted to test run it for a while to make sure it's getting enough airflow before I finish off the bottom holes. Since I think I'll be reworking the door, I'm waiting to screen that in as well. The door panel with the louvers will make great external vent covers for the kitchen exhaust fan, if i cut it in half.

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Do you mind if I borrow your A/C install Idea?

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Credit Uwe, not me! He gave me GREAT advice based off his experiments. I'm planning on a similar installation in my '62 Globe Trotter one of these days.
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Old 10-04-2007, 03:04 AM   #495
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very nice work,guys.great ideas.
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Old 01-20-2008, 10:16 AM   #496
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Keeping cool?

Howdy, this is NorCal Bami. I also put the airconditioner on the floor in our Bambi. Don't know is you saw my install. We were in Redding CA last summer when it was a 115 outside. I had to use additional fans to get the cold air up and circulating around in the trailer. I think one of my problems is too many curves for the air to travel around. How has you setup worked? I'm starting to work on our 55 FC and want to get additional input on airconditioner location. My bigest problem is I don't like the looks of the roof mount. Any input would be great.
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Old 01-20-2008, 03:22 PM   #497
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Airconditioner ducting?

Perhaps the trick with an inside airconditioner would be to figure out a way to duct the air to a high up location for disbursement. Having the cold air enter the living space high probably would go a long way towards creating circulation. Also it occurs to me that it might be possible to mount the unit itself up high somewhere. Maybe in the top of the cabinet over the refrigerator for example. It seems to me that having that much weight up high would not be any worse than having a roof top air conditioner. Perhaps it would be possible to create a duct along the top of the cabinets with cold air dumping into the living space at more than one location along the length of your floor plan.

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Old 01-20-2008, 05:36 PM   #498
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Colin Hyde of GSM Vehicles and TheVap.com has a 50's model Airstream that came from the factory with a small a/c mounted over the cabinets curbside. He kindly allowed me a tour last year at the international.

A couple of things my poor memory is trying to dredge up:

The factory model wasn't powerful enough to cool the trailer, so he had to add another. The a/c was very small, so it looked easy to mount. It was mounted in some kind of specially made cabinet with a square hole cut into the side of the trailer for ventilation. When the a/c was off, the cabinet on the inside of the trailer closed up and looked nice. I can't remember what the outer cover looked like. I may have a picture of it somewhere, but I'd want to get his permission before I posted it here.

Anyway, the point is that mounting it up high can be done, and if anybody can do it, you guys can come up with a way!

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hi guys!

I haven't had much time to play with the traveller lately. I've been restoring a feather craft for the April rally! I HOPE to have to etime to button up a few more things on teh little trailer, too though. I'd love to take the pair of them to hiawassee this year...

anyway, the AC doesn't cool too well, but when I added ducts, it cooeld even worse. I'm planning on letting it just dump straight into the cabin at the front and then try to duct the INTAKE, since I think that would let the most possible air flow out cool. WHen I added 20 feet of ducting, the air coming out was probably half of what it was at the unit, so I scrapped the idea.

THis summer will tell me more on how practical the lower mounted ACs really are. One thing, they certainly do LOOK better, for what that's worth. ha! I did think ahead, though and run 110 to the skylight, should I give up entirely after a season of heat.

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JP - what do you think about an open duct system that pulls the air from the floor and dumps it out up top?



Sorry about the MS Paint illustration - my computer is in the shop and the work computer doesn't have illustrator (oddly enough)
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I'm not sure I follow the illustration? I think getting the cold air out higher in the trailer would definitely help, but when I duct it, the air flow is dramatically reduced, which negates the effect.

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JP,

I think Cursh is suggesting a duct seperate from the AC unit and with its own fan to move cold air to the top. I like the idea. You could have more than one such duct too depending on how much room you can find and where your hot spots are. The duct could perhap just be a boxed in area in your cabinetry too rather than an actual duct. There are no heat issues involved so you could make it out of whatever you want. I remember seeing some units (designed for large warehouse spaces) that hang from the ceiling. They have a fan up at the top with a flexible fabric tube that dangles down to near the floor level. The fan sucks air in at the top and pushes it down the tube to be released at the floor. The unit helps with either heating or cooling too.

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Thanks malcolm - exactly what I was talking about.

Again - the work computer (in a design firm) only has paint (what gives)

I did my best with what I had. =(
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Old 01-23-2008, 09:18 AM   #504
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Cursh, This is an interesting idea. I'm now thinking of a portable unit that could be set up only when it's needed. i.e. some aluminum clothes dryer tubing with a fan. Any ideas on tubing size and fan size? There is even some cloths dryer tubing thats more flexable and compresses to a smaller size. I'm going to try this during this up coming summer.
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