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Old 09-30-2007, 12:21 AM   #1
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Our 81 13' Scamp had a 20+ year old Window AC unit that was the ugliest installation you'd ever want to see. If the grass is so tall in your front yard that you have lost some vehicles there, then this installation might make sense.

I hoped to get one summer out of it and not have to tackle replacement when we did our rehab last spring. It died on our Labor Day trip so it did make the summer and I went out and got a Samsung 5000 btu on clearance.

One week later, I finally have the old AC out and all the metal out of the window opening.

I believe I counted about 5 or 6 different type of adhesives and caulks that had been used to put this baby in 20 some years ago. It felt as if I were an archaeologist peeling away layer after layer of the history of silicone caulks and adhesives. There was so much jury rigging and adhesive and caulk he might as well have just welded it in there.

My hands hurt from the week of removing silicone and awful rusted screws and bolts, but this is the last remaining previous owner mod to be removed and redone.

I thought with Halloween approaching we could all share one of our "Horror Stories."

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Old 09-30-2007, 09:14 AM   #2
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Here's a Frankenstien Mod which I put out of it's misery...
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Like your window AC, this closet AC cover was "Glued In" with several layers of silicone...
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Here's before n' after...
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The AC was just as bad...
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Old 09-30-2007, 03:20 PM   #3
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I feel your pain Bob. Great work on the redo.
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Old 09-30-2007, 05:03 PM   #4
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WOW on those A/C before pics Bob, I can't imagine the guy that did that A/C unit being anything but ASHAMED at that TERRIBLE JOB! WOW!
Excellent cleanup/repair job on your part though, were you able to reuse the A/C unit as well, or did it need to be replaced? Your retrofit outside grill looks EXCELLENT! Joe
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Old 09-30-2007, 06:43 PM   #5
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...were you able to reuse the A/C unit as well, or did it need to be replaced? Your retrofit outside grill looks EXCELLENT! Joe
No, the old AC had burnt out,(wonder why? )...
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This is what I replaced it with...
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And what it looks like now...
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If you want to see more, here's links to slideshows of replacing the hatchcover, & how the new AC went in.

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Old 09-30-2007, 06:48 PM   #6
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I feel your pain Bob. Great work on the redo.
Thanks Greg A, it's fun bring'n em back to life...

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Old 09-30-2007, 08:44 PM   #7
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My old Boler's "rock guard" the day I brought it home:

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It was screwed straight into the glass, with nothing holding the screws from tearing out, which they obvoisly were going to do. It was the first thing to go!
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Old 09-30-2007, 10:30 PM   #8
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When I bought it, the Fiber Stream had an evaporative cooler, NOT an air conditioner, on the roof.

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The previous owner had jerry-rigged a water tank and pump in the kitchen sink, with hoses that ran through the open kitchen window and up to the roof.
It DID have an owner's manual, and I tried to reconfigure it the way it was designed.



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Two hoses were meant to hang on the side of the trailer permanently, so you could fill the water supply tank on the roof without needing a ladder. They were coupled together at the bottom, until you needed to fill the tank. You uncoupled the hoses and connected a garden hose to one, and turned it on. When the overflow came down the other hose, the tank was full, and you disconnected the water supply from the garden hose and re-connected the two hanging hoses back together.

If you didn't want to leave the tank on the roof full, you had to drain it inside.


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Here I rigged a clear hose to the drain fitting to run the water into the kitchen sink.

It was a very messy system and leaked water everywhere. I couldn't get the pump to work right, and was constantly up on a ladder fiddling with it. After a while, I stopped trying to put water in it and just ran the fan. That had 2 speeds, and only one direction.
I finally pulled it off the roof and replaced it with a Fantastic-Fan.

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Old 10-01-2007, 01:56 PM   #9
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Frederick,

You might be leading the horror story post with that one. I have this picture of like when you shop at K-mart in a rain storm and they have the buckets everywhere catching the drips from the roof...
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