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Old 05-24-2010, 06:25 AM   #15
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If you eer get to see Colis Hydes setup, very nice. Standard window unit mounted in the upper area of the pantry that slides out the sidewall of the trailer when it is being used, slide back in for traveling. It appears to be an original setup.
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Old 05-24-2010, 08:54 AM   #16
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just read this thread, a bit late, but heres my $.02. i literally *just* last week did a ton of research on this as i wanted to do the same exact thing. the deal with the portable a/c is that since most only have an exhaust tube, it creates negative pressure inside the trailer and pulls hot air from outside. so it doesnt re-circulate the cool air, continually making it colder, like a window a/c or car does...

there ARE (a bit more expensive) 'dual hose' portable models that DO function like a window a/c, by pulling in and recirculating the cool air in the trailer. if anything, this is what we would have purchased. i cannot testify as to noise issue, as we decided to abandon this plan altogether. we wanted a dual hose portable a/c with the optional 'heat pump' feature. however, they were in the $500 range and seemed to only come in 13000BTU+ which seemed overkill for our little 19' GT.

and since its camping after all.... we decided to do like they did in 62 and tough it out.

we will however, replace our oem fan with a fantastic fan, and should we find ourselves in dire need, hubby says he'll rig a block of ice under the fan
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Old 06-06-2010, 11:42 PM   #17
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Update on window unit

I got a chance to test out the window unit. First time to install took 4 1/2 minutes. Second time was 3 minutes. It is a 5000 BTU unit stated good for 150 sq feet. (My Safari is 126 sq ft.) I tested it on an 85 degree day with the trailer in the sun. Interior temps were about 95 degrees. The unit managed to get the interior down about 20 degrees to 75 in 30 minutes. Plenty good enough for me, but might not please others. This unit has high and low cooling settings and is not very noisy. Condensation drips off the shelf and stays away from the trailer. Runs easily on a 15 amp circuit in the trailer. I will give it a good test in Minnesota in a couple of weeks, and then , if it works well, I will build a better shelf/stand for it. Window sealing was 3/8ths by 3/8ths self stick foam gasket material and a small piece of 1/8th plywood. I may have to fine-tune the sealing against those pesky Minnesota mosquitos. And for my next trick I will try to add a couple of photos.......
Hope this helps those thinking about some cooling.
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Old 06-07-2010, 12:32 AM   #18
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Well done, samb!

You nicely illustrate one of the benefits of the windows Airstream used in late Fifties to Sixties that have removable interior screens. A small home air conditioner can be fitted into the window opening, supported and made sufficiently air tight to function well while in a campground. This method keeps the roof line clean while underway. Parked and chillin' has its own functional beauty.
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Old 06-07-2010, 06:10 AM   #19
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built in portable?

When planning out the interior for the caravanner redo, we thought about a roof top unit but really like vintage units without the roof acne. Camping in New England rarely needs an AC and frankly, I'd rather have a good fan.

But knowing that we would eventually head to someplace warmer for camping, we built an AC into our kitchen base. This was one of the first things installed in the interior and was planned from the very beginning. The AC is a portable unit from a local store, brand is irrelevant, I took of the control unit and made a wood panel with a cut-out of the same size, extended the wiring and secured it to the floor with metal straps.

The venting is out the rear back hatch via an insulated duct and the return is by opening a hatch in the rear. The whole set-up works pretty well. Not as efficient as a roof top but when it's really hot outside, we are comfortable inside.

Here's some grainy pictures.


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Old 06-07-2010, 06:44 AM   #20
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We used a 5,000 btu window a/c in our non-A/S B van, and it worked adequately. Because it was mounted in a van window, I had to make it more or less semi permanent, so it screamed "Redneck" while driving. I removed it when we got done using it, and replaced the window.
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Old 07-20-2010, 10:26 PM   #21
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Our 63 GT is not wired for AC, which makes putting one on the roof a very expensive proposition. This is the solution that we came up with for our portable ac unit. The triangle sides continue to the inside and keep the unit from falling out without using any screws or connectors of any kind. That is foam rubber around the top to keep the bugs out. We used it this week and it worked like a charm. Our plan is to paint the wood to match the aluminum.
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Our 63 GT is not wired for AC, which makes putting one on the roof a very expensive proposition. This is the solution that we came up with for our portable ac unit. The triangle sides continue to the inside and keep the unit from falling out without using any screws or connectors of any kind. That is foam rubber around the top to keep the bugs out. We used it this week and it worked like a charm. Our plan is to paint the wood to match the aluminum.
do you have pics of the inside of how your unit looks? And what size a/c are you using?
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Old 07-21-2010, 09:09 AM   #23
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I didn't take any pictures from the inside- I will next time we put it in the window. The ac unit is a regular smallish window unit that is flush with the wall inside. The only part that comes into the trailer is the top of the triangle sides. The weight of the ac unit holds it all in place.
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Old 07-21-2010, 01:53 PM   #24
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Looking at this picture, I think that it is not clear enough how simple this was. There are only three pieces of wood, the bottom and the two sides. The top is filled in with a strip of foam rubber.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:13 AM   #25
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I just realized that I never posted these pictures. Wow, 3 years late! In northern Ill, we don't use our ac enough to justify the cost of a roof unit. We are still using this when we need AC, and it works just perfectly, installs in less than a few minutes.
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I wondered if anyone has had any more recent (than 2010) experience with the portable air conditioners, particularly the newer dual-hose (intake and discharge) models? I really like what Muddy_Hollow did in post #19, and could see myself going that route.

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Great ideas for air conditioners !
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