anyone try to use a portable floor model AC successfully in a 13 foote - Fiberglass RV


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Old 09-28-2008, 06:53 PM   #1
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I tried "searching" all the solutions on this topic but remain confused. I don't want a rooftop AC unit built on our soon to be made 13 ft Trillium because I want to fit it my garage. The AC would prevent entry and it is also a drag aerodynamically. Rather than put a window unit in, has anyone tried with success, a floor model AC unit on wheels, that really works well when properly vented out a window? Love to hear current opinions. We don't mind it being in the way a couple of weeks a year during the summer. At least we would sleep well at night at the beach in North Carolina.

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Old 09-28-2008, 07:45 PM   #2
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I have a 2005 Trillium Outback. I use a dual hose floor model. It is cumbersome and in the way alot. I put the hoses to the window in the door. Makes a poor air seal and can whistle at times. Does cool the trailer very good. I have 8K unit. I have thought of putting an exterior door in the back of the closet and venting thru that area. I could put PVC in there to bring it to the front of the closet. I could then put a raised floor in the closet when I was going to use the A/C.

Single hose units suck too much hot outside air into the trailer to work very well. My unit weighs 80 pounds.

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Old 09-28-2008, 07:59 PM   #3
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I have a 2005 Trillium Outback. I use a dual hose floor model. It is cumbersome and in the way alot. I put the hoses to the window in the door. Makes a poor air seal and can whistle at times. Does cool the trailer very good. I have 8K unit. I have thought of putting an exterior door in the back of the closet and venting thru that area. I could put PVC in there to bring it to the front of the closet. I could then put a raised floor in the closet when I was going to use the A/C.

Single hose units suck too much hot outside air into the trailer to work very well. My unit weighs 80 pounds.

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Curt, finally someone who has tried it....thank you....what type of unit? manufacturer? I will look it up for cost,etc. So you have intake as well as outake hoses? how big a diameter? I thought of the closet too. Would we need to cut circular holes in the sidewall of the fiberglass to vent it?

Last question, what conditions did you try it out in....88 degress with a little humidity????

Thanks Curt, my search may end here soon....thanks much, Lloyd
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Old 09-28-2008, 11:38 PM   #4
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Lloyd:

I know I saw some at Fry's, but then I remembered that Fry's is a left coast store. Then I thought of that universal store, Sears!

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/c_10153_12605_A...ans+%26+Heaters

I hit the Mother Lode on portables at Home Depot:

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores...le=A&rpp=48

Some are even heat pumps which means they heat or cool.
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Old 09-29-2008, 01:17 AM   #5
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Lloyd,

As an alternative, I know of one guy here with a Trillium who has retrofitted a small 5K window unit at the bottom of the closet:

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/index.ph...mp;#entry187191

Not sure if he still follows this forum but I might be able to poke him if you need more info.
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most of the ac threads end up in modifications. Searching there will produce more results. Try both ac and a/c
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Old 09-29-2008, 11:13 AM   #7
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most of the ac threads end up in modifications. Searching there will produce more results. Try both ac and a/c
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Ken,,,great idea,,,never thought of Modifications...so many options now...I think I have a solution...thank you Lloyd
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most of the ac threads end up in modifications. Searching there will produce more results. Try both ac and a/c
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Searching requires a minimum of four characters. You'll need to search for *AC* or A/C* or just conditioning.

Yes, the Modifications forum will show you what others have done. But, I'd suggest searching "all forums." you never know where stuff may be hiding.
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Searching requires a minimum of four characters. You'll need to search for *AC* or A/C* or just conditioning.

Yes, the Modifications forum will show you what others have done. But, I'd suggest searching "all forums." you never know where stuff may be hiding.
Donna, now I know why there are Moderators.......thank you....will do....Lloyd
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Here is a link to the unit I have. WalMart of all places

I put 4 of the plastic stickon type hooks (hook comes off the base with the sticky stuff) on the door. That is to mount the 6.5 x 20 inch panel the hoses attach to. I made a gap filler out of 1+inch foam to fill the space betwen the panel and the screen. Cut two holes in the foam of the appropriate size. Otherwise there some of the air will blow back and not go thru the screen.
Hoses are 5" diameter, and stiffly flexible. I am going to have to redesign my mounting because I put a frame around the mini blinds to keep them from flying all over every time I go in or out the door. If I still go thru the door window, I will need a much thicker piece of foam. considering putting the mounting hooks on the walls, but that could be tricky to get right.

Rather than cut round holes, I am thinking about an RV rectangular door of the appropriate size.
That way it could be locked, water tite, and conventional looking.

I used it in 105 degree Texas heat for a week. It would cool down to about 85 in the trailer during the day. Tolerable with a good fan. At night, it would pull the inside temp down further as the outside went down. So, when it got to 95 at midnight, it was 75 in trailer. Used it in Florida for 3 weeks last summer with no problems.

For traveling, I have two locations set up for it to ride in. If trailer is balanced, it rides strapped inboard of the closet. if trailer is tail heavy, it rides strapped in left front corner. Still allows use of toilet while traveling. I use some dense foam around it for cushioning.

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Oh, and my Honda 2K generator will run it.

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