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Old 08-24-2010, 08:10 PM   #1
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just bought 1987 scamp from brother in law

He had a roof air conditioner installed about 12 years ago. Reading this forum (I am a newbie) I have seen the need of reinforcing the roof. Looking at the roof it does look like it may be sagging. We are ordering a new Coleman Mach 3 to replace. It is 110 lbs. Am I asking for trouble or do I need to look at reinforcing now? Keep in mind It is done just fine for him for 12 years.
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Old 08-25-2010, 12:05 AM   #2
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There is flexing in the shell as you drive down the road. Added weight would increase the flexing and possibly lead to cracks in the gel coat over time? I don't really know, just a thought.
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Old 08-25-2010, 08:59 PM   #3
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The Coleman Polar Cub is only 92 lbs: Small RV Air Conditioner on Sale

The thirteenth year may be the year the A/C ends up creating a new roof vent and lands on the floor of the trailer.
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Looking at the roof it does look like it may be sagging.
I think you've answered your own question.
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"The thirteenth year may be the year the A/C ends up creating a new roof vent and lands on the floor of the trailer."

Donna, you just have a way with words. LOL
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I wasn't poking fun at Steve, honest. He was trying to get answers to his questions. But Scamp would be the first to tell an owner that a Scamp trailer not built for a roof A/C needs to have the roof reinforced. I'd hate to see him damage the trailer needlessly.
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Old 08-25-2010, 10:01 PM   #6
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I concur with the consensus. With a AC on the roof without support, I'd cringe every time the trailer goes over a bump in the road.
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He had a roof air conditioner installed about 12 years ago. Reading this forum (I am a newbie) I have seen the need of reinforcing the roof. Looking at the roof it does look like it may be sagging. We are ordering a new Coleman Mach 3 to replace. It is 110 lbs. Am I asking for trouble or do I need to look at reinforcing now? Keep in mind It is done just fine for him for 12 years.
If you can find a Mini-Mach (7200btu) It's half the power and less than 2/3 the size of the Mach.
Scamp supplied the mini mach on my Scamp .
It is also only 9" tall instead of 13".
I don't know if they are still available, but the half power is still over kill for a Scamp and it can run on a smaller generator.
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It's too bad nobody makes a truly small, lightweight roof mount AC. 5k BTU is more than enough! Maybe there's the possibility of someone hacking up $99 window mount units to make roof mount AC!

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