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Old 06-11-2014, 09:15 AM   #29
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Air conditioning thought......

So I really don't like the roof top air conditioners... my plan, is to use a a household unit. I've heard they wont hold up, im gonna try anyway. so the plan is to install it where the furnace used to be, tilted up slightly with a catch pan underneath, the end of the ac will be poking out of the outer skin about 2 inches with a nice aluminum cover over it open to the bottom for water to exit. then the cool air intake vents for the evaporator coil will be supplied from under the camper through the floor. Thoughts??
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:47 PM   #30
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It works. I had a 1964 Catalina [flatside] that had a similar setup. Papers said the AC unit was from 1982. I used the camper a few years and sold it in 2010. Ac still worked as new!
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Old 06-19-2014, 10:04 PM   #31
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So I really don't like the roof top air conditioners... my plan, is to use a a household unit. I've heard they wont hold up, im gonna try anyway. so the plan is to install it where the furnace used to be, tilted up slightly with a catch pan underneath, the end of the ac will be poking out of the outer skin about 2 inches with a nice aluminum cover over it open to the bottom for water to exit. then the cool air intake vents for the evaporator coil will be supplied from under the camper through the floor. Thoughts??
I don't like old roof top AC units either especially for smaller vintage trailers with large square edged windows. Your approach sounds reasonable to me. Try it and see how well it works Remember though that new solutions have new problems. What are you going to do when it gets cold and you need the furnace? We use the furnace much more than the AC.

I store my AC in the bottom of the closet until I need it. Then I install it in the side window. It works quite well there. Here are some photos. I have a thread on the installation of the window unit. Just look up my name and statistics to find the threads started by me.

I would not worry about the reliability of the AC. You won't use it that much unless you are full timing and camping in full sun. Also you can buy a new one for about $100.

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Old 06-19-2014, 10:13 PM   #32
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Old 06-20-2014, 06:07 AM   #33
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Dan, Thanks for the input, on the topic of the furnace vs ac we go to the beach a lot during the summer months so I believe this is going to be the best choice for us, the furnace was going to have to be replaced anyway so I figured using that slot for the ac instead of covering it up would be an excellent choice. I will post photos later of the install.
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Old 06-21-2014, 01:55 AM   #34
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Since you are mounting your AC so low you will tend to have a large temperature differential between the floor and the ceiling. I recommend using a circulating fan on the interior to help make the temperature distribution more uniform.

Anything you can do to cut down the heat gain of the trailer will help in the operation of your AC. I am talking about parking in the shade (good luck at the beach), pointing the Airstream north, insulating the vents and skylights, insulating the windows with curtains, film or shades, etc.

Let us know how well it works out for you.

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Old 06-22-2014, 05:41 AM   #35
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Dan, I have already changed the windows out with tinted lexan so that will help a bit. next I will not be using the existing output vents on the ac, instead I will route them using flex hose to a location where the air will be blown up near the wall of the camper instead of out, this will make it more like a conventional setup like a house, vents on the floor, where the air is blown up and falls back down. I will let all know how it works, and will post pics of the complete install.
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:43 PM   #36
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Hey dcroadster,
We are practically neighbors, I'm 15 miles north of Denton. Don't know how I missed this thread, since it's been going on since last year. You have made good progress on your Safari! Going to be a nice one!
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