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Old 08-03-2006, 09:56 PM   #1
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Air Conditioning or Swamp Cooler

I have a 1966 Safari with a very large A/C? unit on the roof. At first, I thought it was a swamp cooler but, upon closer inspection, I see lots of "fins" inside of it like what you see in an Air Conditioner. The original owners took her to Florida a lot and I wonder if they put an Air Conditioner on her.

The reason I ask if the fins might confirm that it is an Air Conditioner is because I want to have a new one installed and, if it is in fact an Air Conditioner, the required electrical should already be there.

Anyone with some thoughts?

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Old 08-03-2006, 10:24 PM   #2
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If it is a swamp cooler it would have a fresh water line to it plus it would have a water pump to push the water over the pads. At least this is how one works in a home here in the southwest. A swamp cooler has very few mechanical parts whereas an AC has a condenser, cooling fins, coils, compresser, etc. Take a closer look by removing the cover.

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Old 08-03-2006, 11:25 PM   #3
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Swamp Cooler unlikely..

Look inside also for brand name.. Airstream used Armstrong A/C's, and most trailers were wired for A/C whether installed or not. Switched to Coleman sometime in 1980's... Some owners had other brands installed after purchase, but swamp cooler not very effective except in southwest where humidity real low...

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Swamp coolers only work in dry climates. I think one in FL would be basically useless. They are more properly called "Evaporative Coolers" and work off the principle of heat being absorbed when water evaporates. Thing is, if it's not a very dy environment, the water won't evaporate into the air, but will just blow out on the ground and make the floor wet. I used to live in FL, and as humid as it normally is down there, I don't think a swamp cooler would do much.

We used them in factories in WV and VA all the time, but if the humidity got too high, they didn't work very well.

Anyway, probably an air conditioner.
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Swamp coolers only work in dry climates. I think one in FL would be basically useless. They are more properly called "Evaporative Coolers" and work off the principle of heat being absorbed when water evaporates. Thing is, if it's not a very dy environment, the water won't evaporate into the air, but will just blow out on the ground and make the floor wet. I used to live in FL, and as humid as it normally is down there, I don't think a swamp cooler would do much.

We used them in factories in WV and VA all the time, but if the humidity got too high, they didn't work very well.

Anyway, probably an air conditioner.
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agree, yesterday it was 95 deg and 87% humidity. Hot and damp. With an evap cooler you would be Hot and Wet.
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