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Old 06-16-2011, 04:40 PM   #141
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Actually, the trailer refrigeration units the grocery industry uses have a diesel-powered compressor and a 12v automotive-type generator. Easy enough to adapt to an Airstream.
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Old 06-16-2011, 04:55 PM   #142
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Actually, the trailer refrigeration units the grocery industry uses have a diesel-powered compressor and a 12v automotive-type generator. Easy enough to adapt to an Airstream.
Then you can store ice cream in your airstream.
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Old 06-16-2011, 05:13 PM   #143
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you mean.....I can't store ice cream in our new airstream already???

Oh man. I'm really getting depressed, now.
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Old 06-16-2011, 05:31 PM   #144
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you mean.....I can't store ice cream in our new airstream already???

Oh man. I'm really getting depressed, now.
Not 2000# of it.
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:12 PM   #145
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I have two generators . One I retrieved from the trash for free,the other I stole.They both work fine.Which one do I use for camping? Neither. I'm very quiet,except for the 12 gauge of course.
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Old 06-16-2011, 11:11 PM   #146
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that's kinda what I was thinking. Propane powered AC, up on the roof, with sound baffled to the bottom and sides so it was reflected upwards.
Just make the existing ac module a little longer to accomodate a horizontally opposed two cylinder propane powered engine...
All seriousness aside, you wouldn't need a propane powered engine, just an absorption refrigeration unit (like the refrigerator) to provide your air conditioning. It would be quiet. Might be fairly bulky and use a lot of propane though.

While I'm commenting--that's quite a drink service cart! In addition to a very well stocked bar, it appears to offer a funnel for people who don't wish to put forward the effort to "drink". . .
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Old 06-17-2011, 08:32 AM   #147
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Problem solved, I recently bought a cabover camper to rebuild. It has a "Turbocool" evaporation
roof cooler. Look it up on the net, way over priced for what it is, however here in dry country
it runs on 12 volts, uses as low as 2 amps, about 3 to 5 gallons of water a day. Very quiet, at 10% humidity it drops the output air temp 30 degrees. A solar panel would power it just fine.
Also a exhaust fan. Seems to cool the cabover about 20 degrees if I turn it on a daybreak.
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Convert a small gas engine to lp, attach a universal ac kit to it and put it in a sound proof enclosure

http://www.vintageair.com/Universalapps1.asp
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Hmm...how about an axle driven compressor to cool the trailer off while under tow? Would already be at the cooler temp when you got where you were stopping for the night...no need to run the roof ac nearly as long to get the internal temp down....
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Hmm...how about an axle driven compressor to cool the trailer off while under tow? Would already be at the cooler temp when you got where you were stopping for the night...no need to run the roof ac nearly as long to get the internal temp down....
Flex dryer hose from truck cab to AS lol.
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Old 06-17-2011, 11:54 AM   #151
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While all the above suggestions, especially mine, are certainly valid and important innovations, why can't the trailers have flow through ventilation to keep them from becoming furnaces when towing through hot temps? All cars and truck have it and it doesn't leak either.

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Old 06-17-2011, 03:10 PM   #152
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Actually, the trailer refrigeration units the grocery industry uses have a diesel-powered compressor and a 12v automotive-type generator. Easy enough to adapt to an Airstream.
There is a fellow from the Toronto area that sometimes posts here that we met last winter in Austin Tx.

He had a beautifully restored smaller Argosy and he had installed a diesel AC unit. Everything was mounted down low - nothing at all on the roof as I recall.

He was also towing it with a very interesting Mercedes diesel flat bed truck with a custom rear deck and tool boxes. He carried a new Mini on the deck of the Tow vehicle along with ramps.

All in all a very impressive arrangement! Maybe he will see this and add more detail!
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There is a fellow from the Toronto area that sometimes posts here that we met last winter in Austin Tx.

He had a beautifully restored smaller Argosy and he had installed a diesel AC unit. Everything was mounted down low - nothing at all on the roof as I recall.

He was also towing it with a very interesting Mercedes diesel flat bed truck with a custom rear deck and tool boxes. He carried a new Mini on the deck of the Tow vehicle along with ramps.

All in all a very impressive arrangement! Maybe he will see this and add more detail!
I'm pretty sure SmokelessJoe's AC is electric, I think it's a split-system LG Artcool. The compressor unit lives on the tongue, and the evaporator and fan head unit is mounted to the wall like a picture frame.

His gorgeous Argosy does everything else with diesel, though... even the cooktop. I haven't had the good fortune to see it first hand, but I think I've read every post he's made about it. Hopefully someday mine will look as good, though I don't think I'm likely to go to the lengths he has to improve systems. If I had a trailer that didn't originally have a hole in the roof for AC, though, I'd certainly consider the system he used. In fact I'm considering a similar system for a guest suite atop the new garage we're building, because it's significantly more compact than a conventional ducted system.
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You guys are missing the boat. All of those suggestions require some level of noise, and there is an alternative that no one has considered.

Cold Fusion could allow us an indefinitely sustainable energy source that produces zero noise; all we need is a little palladium and some heavy water. A small tabletop reactor would produce enough juice to run the whole campground...
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