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Old 04-26-2006, 07:38 PM   #15
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Ok, lets hear it for the Kiln-billy...... Come on - let me have it. I had to cut a 1/2 inch piece of plywood and fit it to the open rear window of the Caravel. Then made a cut out for the small AC window unit. Works, cools the camper - LOOKS LIKE You Know What...... But, this will keep us cool for the trip to Disney and will get us camping for the first time in our "new to us" AS. I will definitely have a permanent solution to this issue before long. Axle first then gas then AC. The list goes on...

Thanks for all your inputs.
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Old 04-26-2006, 07:39 PM   #16
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Ouch - double meaning to that phrase....
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Old 04-26-2006, 08:14 PM   #17
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InsideOut used a portable last year when she went to Springfield, MO for the international rally. I can't find the picture of her set-up. She vented the unit through one of the windows using a piece of plexiglass to replace the glass. You might PM her.

I have a 66 and want to do "something else" for AC, too.
Sorry I didn't see this post sooner...here's a link to an earlier thread with lots of ideas and our set-up that eljay mentioned. It didn't work all that well, it did take the edge off the heat and lower the humidity, but the exhaust vent does get hot & heat up the space almost as much as the unit cools it off. We will be trying a temporary window-type unit next time we need one, here in CO we don't need A/C very often, only when we go to rallies in hotter areas - like Internationals in June/July.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do ~

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We, too, like Shari used a portable free standing A/C unit at International last year. It did dry the air a bit. Standing in front of the vents was cool, but the exhaust tube we vented to the outside thru a roof vent warmed the Globe Trotter as much as the unit cooled it.
We are in the throws of installing a 15,000 btu Carrier Low-Profile roof top a/c unit. Its only 7 inches tall. Ouch, we must cut a hole in the GT's roof. That should cool us in Salem.
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Old 04-26-2006, 08:25 PM   #19
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Yep, looks like a roof top is the way I will have to go. I just did not want to rush into a choice and the window unit is the immediate solution to the heat.
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Yeah, I would imagine living in Mississippi I would want a full-time unit too!

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Old 04-26-2006, 10:07 PM   #21
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We, too, like Shari used a portable free standing A/C unit at International last year. It did dry the air a bit. Standing in front of the vents was cool, but the exhaust tube we vented to the outside thru a roof vent warmed the Globe Trotter as much as the unit cooled it.
We are in the throws of installing a 15,000 btu Carrier Low-Profile roof top a/c unit. Its only 7 inches tall. Ouch, we must cut a hole in the GT's roof. That should cool us in Salem.
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They are great units. I really like the Carrier design that has the drain water from the condenser that usually leaks over the side of the coach directed at the evaporater to disperse the water and cool it too.
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Old 07-09-2006, 10:57 PM   #22
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question

Would any of the units for sale at Costco right now work for A/C? Or do they all have that heat-up to cool-down problem?

look online at www.costco.com
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Would any of the units for sale at Costco right now work for A/C? Or do they all have that heat-up to cool-down problem?

look online at www.costco.com
My guess is that any that exhaust through the tube inside the trailer will heat the space, thus negating the effectiveness of the A/C Unit's ability to cool.

We used a window mounted unit this year at International and it worked MUCH better! I don't have any close-up detail pictures of it but the temporary installation was pretty slick. It was with one 1x3 piece of oak and three pieces of plexiglass. Easy to install at the rally and remove for travel. I'll try to get some pics to post...

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I would just go ahead and stick a high BTU unit in one of the 14" vents. (That's what I did with my 1953 Cruiser) With the heat and humidity in Miss., you really don't have a choice if you want to be really cool.

I have used a portable in my 1991 34' Excella along with the roof air with mixed results. It did cool, but not enough. The hose is always in the way and it does radiate heat. The water cup is also another problem. The unit is big and always in the way. Unless you can "build it in" someway, I wouldn't bother with a portable.
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My guess is that any that exhaust through the tube inside the trailer will heat the space, thus negating the effectiveness of the A/C Unit's ability to cool.
I have one of these units in my dining room/kitchen area of the house. The exhaust tube does get rather hot. I think I am going to Lowes or HD and get some wrap around duct insulation, wrap it and see if that will cut down on the radiated heat.
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Please be sure to post here and let us know if it works. I want to ultimately do what Uwe and some others did here, install AC but not on the top of my silver bullet, but I'm exploring other options. I have a feeling I'll go with the Uwe-style AC however. Uwe, you're the man!
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Ok, lets hear it for the Kiln-billy......
ha i though you were talking about brett farve! (i hear he drives a silverado... any truth to that rumor?)

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