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Old 01-26-2010, 12:59 AM   #29
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This is a side pullout unit Andy. I mounted it mainly to the floor but with reinforcement to the wall and wheel well. The seal to the interior wall is 1/2" thick foam rubber gasket material which allows the movement between the floor and the shell to happen.

If you can safely mount a #200 unit on the roof, this little #45 unit on my floor will NOT be a problem.

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Rich,

I've see photos of a small canned ham trailer where the owner did a similar installation, but he mounted it up high on the wall. That way cold air is being blow to the ceiling. There was some sort of slide out too, but yours is very well hidden from the outside when not in use.

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Old 01-26-2010, 08:23 AM   #30
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Well for me I think Rich's idea is excellent. I have a hatch at the side that was designed for access to under the side couch, but now that area is converted to a dinette and I was wondering what to do with this exposed area. I think I now have the solution. Making it removable will allow me to only install it if I expect to be in a warm place.

Thanks Rich, keep the other photo's coming.
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Old 01-26-2010, 11:00 AM   #31
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I must say that this is not my idea at all. I heard about it first on the VAP from Rob Baker, (I believe he did this on an older Caraval) and then I saw something on Uwe's website that sparked the idea for me. I don't remember if it was an AC or something else. Also, at the Vintage Airstream Restoration Rally last year, I saw another one done in a similar way.
I hated the typical RV furnace for the power drain and the noise that comes with them, so I planned on removing mine and not replacing it with the same thing anyway, so that freed up that space for the AC. I will deal with the other aspects of not having the heat going to the holding tanks, etc. They are not forgotten. Obviously this installation isn't for everyone, but I think it has its good points, one of which is the cost and the other which I stated earlier: I can run this with a single Honda 2000 generator with watts to spare. Try that with a roof-mounted one!
Thanks for the nice comments. I will get a thread going on this as soon as my exterminator fixes my laptop.
Here's a couple of pics of the most painful part of this conversion: cutting the shell.
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:03 PM   #32
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Obviously it's been replaced with a Duotherm, but you also say Domestic, which is really Dometic.
Duo Therm is made by Dometic:
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:37 PM   #33
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Viking,
Thanks for sharing this info! I am about to do this to my 76 Safari. I think the AS looks 100% cleaner and the savings is substantial. Lower center of gravity, as well. Heard about it first on the VAP, but your pics help!
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Old 01-28-2012, 10:41 PM   #34
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I would like to own a 17ft Caravel some day and I sure would not want an A/C mounted on the top to ruin the looks of it. I would camp in it sans A/C when the weather allowed or when I was boondocking. However if I did decide any time that I wanted to install air conditioning I think that Rich's installation has lots of merit. Like any new idea "new solutions have new problems", but I think the advantages are enough to overcome these new problems.

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Old 01-28-2012, 11:20 PM   #35
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12vdc AC, here is the animal...but expensive..

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Old 01-28-2012, 11:55 PM   #36
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Ok, so 12v ac is available but at $4,600 no thanks. Plus the only reason to have 12v is to run off the batteries and you are not going to operate this ac very long (@27 amps). Most practical solution is for a 120v ac generator (2-3 kw) and an efficient ac unit.

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Old 01-29-2012, 08:11 AM   #37
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I would like to own a 17ft Caravel some day and I sure would not want an A/C mounted on the top to ruin the looks of it. I would camp in it sans A/C when the weather allowed or when I was boondocking. However if I did decide any time that I wanted to install air conditioning I think that Rich's installation has lots of merit. Like any new idea "new solutions have new problems", but I think the advantages are enough to overcome these new problems.

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This is how I did mine, post 498,499,501,531 and 532..........toastie

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Dan,

I agree this unit is not practical for boondocking I was just pointing that there are 12 vdc systems out there. This is just the one that has been on my wish list (when I win the lottery) for my other aluminum love. (a cessna cardinal)

Now here is another system that is on the large size but a smaller unit might work?

DC Air Conditioner: 12 Volt 24 volt 48 Volt DC Air Conditioners DC Solar Air Conditioning

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Why not use a split unit?
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Great A/C custom installation. How is it working for you?

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Split Unit

Tom-Mc asked about going split-unit.

In this 2010 thread, post #7, you can see photos of the LG Art Cool split unit in my 1976 Argosy.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f427...a-c-71140.html

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