Ok the PO of our 59 hung this god awful looking window A/C through the front window. It will stay till I can find a window and a afford a NEW Roof A/C with heat.
I read though all the A/C posts and other information. Found a lot of post about replacing existing but not much about adding one to a camper that never had one.
One thing I have found, I think it was Vintageairstream.com was that our 59 predates any reinforcement to deal with the weight. How much bracing do I need? Due to the design of our unit it it would not be difficult to add some suport inside and infact I could pretty easily make it look like it came that way. Only down side is I would have a partition wall at the end of the galley counter. second down side is it may require that I locate the unit at the rear most vent. It seems more natural to install it in the center vent and better for weight distribution as well as circulation.
What I could do is add a brace inside the wardrobe to suport the exisiting structure that the sliding partition hangs from. There is a MIA 3/8's removable peice that use to slide between the over heads to fill the gap between the counter and window. Make that peice out of some 5/8 and permemntly atatch it as a suport. Might just replace that whole end of the cabinet to get the suport down to the floor.
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Would that create enough suport to have the A/C in front of it about 1ft (at the rear most of the AC as it would sit on the roof). The center vent is about 6 inches in front of the overhead light.
Next issue is what sort of supply feeds do I need up to the unit in way of power and drain? I'll be doing some floor repair and while I have the unit that far appart I would like to prewire up to one of those two vents. Then When I have the money I can just pull the vent and all the stuff will be ready to go.
I read that the Coleman will drain outside. If I were to just route a drain up through the skin is there a way to tie into it's existing drain system?
The way my unit is built I also have no option but to route the drain up the curbside because the windows are lined up down the street side. This is not the ideal side but I may just have to make a way to have a extend line when camping.
What would be a suitable unit to handle our 22ft Caravanner? What should I expect to pay for one of these units.