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Old 06-26-2009, 11:06 AM   #1
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Base Camp Air Conditioning to a Vintage

On to my next big project of getting the 1947 Curtis Wright Air Conditioned. I want the AC unit hidden and functional. I saw a picture of a Base Camp with an AC unit located up front under the counter. It looked like a reasonably priced unit and was located in a place I could copy. Can anyone tell, with some pictures, me how the AC is vented and installed. Not to many Base Camps around here to look at. Thanks.
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Old 06-26-2009, 12:17 PM   #2
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Robin,

I had once considered this for my old 56 caravanner. Looks like you could do it reasonably. I still like the idea of a split unit or Dometic under bunk unit for mine, but maybe depending on how your's goes it could sway me.

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Old 06-26-2009, 01:00 PM   #3
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Its the vent grills

I like those too. I think it is Uve that did it but had to use a side screen vent. I don't want to change the smooth curve of the Curtis' side...I'm looking at a bottom louver type vent....I'm up for any ideas......
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I've seen a Quicksilver popup with a side exhaust air conditioner mounted at floor level. Their site isn't very helpful. But I found this site mentioning the AC being a 6000 BTU window unit. Might give you a starting point about where to think...

Quicksilvers are all-aluminum with aluminum floors too!
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Great topic . . .

I have been wrestling w/this issue myself, thought I'd found the answer w/this:
http://www.dometic.com/FileOrganizer...wered-HVAC.pdf

AAP - Providing Power, Comfort and Control Systems for Motorcoaches, Trucks, Specialty Vehicles, Trailers and Other Demanding Applications Worldwide

. . . until I found out how much. Anyway if cost wasn't a consideration this is what I'd love to use. It's very similar to the "mini-splits" except you're not adding almost 100lbs to your tongue and the unit can be concealed in cabinetry . . . good luck w/your project.
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I checked into this place. Expensive though Clains it only pulls 7 amps of 120vac

Danhard Inc.-Automotive air conditioning manufacturer since 1963.Specialty vehicle,115 volt and aftermarket systems
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What else?

Thanks for the info.....I will check them out and report back.. This afternoon I checked with the local Airstream dealer on the Base Camp.. He had one in stock but it would not help?????the AC was top mounted. HuHHHHH? I went down to look. WHAT HE WAS SURE TO BE THE TOP MOUNTED ac WAS THE MAXIFAN. YES! HE SELLS 'EM.
Whoops...I got so excited I went all caps.
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TrailManor used to mount a std window AC in the cabinetry. Nothing fancy. It vented out a louver on the side. Now they have gone to roof mounts.

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My current plan is to use a window unit and vent it out the bottom through a manual operated door.
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Why not use an inexpensive 110v window unit (you can even get them with remote control), and build a fancy vented cover for the outside?
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Back at it....

After looking at, and discussing with the company, the AAP units won't work for me. My locations are limited and the curved skins ....front and rear....are posing a problem with building a louvered AC exhaust air panel. I seem to be able to build such a panel on the flat sides....and that limits the inside locations.

So, I think a window unit like you all mentioned above might work. Question....do I have to build a plenum inside to mount the AC so that I can isolate and direct the hot air outside thru a louvered side panel? Any suggestions as to a fabricator (hot rod builder) who can make up a louvered aluminum panel? Does Airstream factory store sell something?

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After looking at, and discussing with the company, the AAP units won't work for me. My locations are limited and the curved skins ....front and rear....are posing a problem with building a louvered AC exhaust air panel. I seem to be able to build such a panel on the flat sides....and that limits the inside locations.

So, I think a window unit like you all mentioned above might work. Question....do I have to build a plenum inside to mount the AC so that I can isolate and direct the hot air outside thru a louvered side panel? Any suggestions as to a fabricator (hot rod builder) who can make up a louvered aluminum panel? Does Airstream factory store sell something?

Any ideas?
A foam gasket around the area the a/c unit would normally be against a window frame, a pair of roller-bearing toolbox drawer slides mounted to the a/c unit, and an access hatch-looking cover for the outside. When you need a/c, open the access hatch, slide the a/c unit out on its rollers, and turn it on.
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louvers

Cory (oldtrucksrul) had louvers made for his trailer by Fergie's Custom Louvers and the website is www.hotrodlouvers.com. Here is a picture of how they looked when we saw him in September.

We have several holes already cut in the sides of our trailer as you've seen and we're planning on using louvers as we'll place things in front of the holes that need venting when we arrange the interior.
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Old 10-04-2009, 09:18 AM   #14
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Great picture...

Yep! Thats what I needed Laura. Maybe Corey can send me some more pics and info. THANKS.

Terry....I have a picture of that installation from a trailer attending the Detroit Rally a couple years ago. Searching for it now.
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