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Old 07-06-2013, 11:26 AM   #1
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A/C 2007 Eggcamper

I am new member and this is my 1st post. I purchased my 2007 Egg in May 2013. We live in the Tucson area. With temps. in the 110's it difficult to keep in inside cool with the small A/C unit near the floor.

I would like to know if other members have had the same problem and if so how did you solve it. I would like to install a roof unit. But, I am not sure if the roof of an Eggcamper would support a 100 pound A/C unit.

Any suggestion or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 07-06-2013, 12:43 PM   #2
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Hi Bob, to FiberglassRV, we're glad you're here

We have a number of EggCamper owners here on the forums, along with a bunch of other kind and help folks. I'm sure someone will be along shortly with an answer to your questions.
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:57 PM   #3
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Welcome! I cannot speak of your particular unit but we lived for 6 years in Marana, just north of Tucson, and I don't think the A/C is the problem but the climate. We had both a Class C and pop-up and the Class C with big A/C could not keep up with the heat in September there. We, too, were searching for a unit that would let us do comfortable summer camping and I had a gentleman from Green Valley tell me that his Nash (stickie) was well insulated, I think possibly the best in the stickies or close, was comfortable for them and they were staying in it full-time during the summer.

I do wonder if your unit needs a charge if it is that type of unit. I am not familiar with the one that Eggcamper uses. You might look at making window covers with Reflectix (that sandwich of aluminum foil and bubble wrap) as that will help. A small fan running can also help as we have one of the Fantastic fans that runs on DC and we got an adapter plug so that we could run it on AC. Shade helps but there isn't much to be found in the desert. I loved the beauty of the desert but the heat...............

I hope you find a solution.
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I recall that the stock a/c in the EggCamper is a 5000 btu unit. Some have replaced that unit with a slightly more powerful 8,000 btu unit. Measure and replace.
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:17 PM   #5
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Call Jim at eggcamper, he could tell you what the roof will hold. Contact info is on his website.
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Call Jim at eggcamper, he could tell you what the roof will hold. Contact info is on his website.
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Old 07-07-2013, 06:26 AM   #7
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We've rarely used the AC unit in our EggCamper, but then we live in NH. But, when we did use it, we found that it really wasn't adequate, because of its location. The cold air stayed near the floor. Our solution was to place a small fan, right in front of the AC unit, which directed the cold air toward the roof. (There's already a 120 vac outlet right there.) That helped, but I suspect that a larger unit would also help. Perhaps a larger unit with fins that would direct the air upward would be a solution.
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Old 07-07-2013, 04:38 PM   #8
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Installing a Frigidaire 8000 BTU

Thanks to all that responded with tips and advice. It sure made us feel welcome to the forum.

I decided to install a larger Frigidaire A/C unit. The original is a Frigidaire 5000 BTU. I will need to enlarge the opening under the seat to accommodate the slightly wider and higher dimensions. The ducting for the exhaust side will also need modification.

I hope to get started tomorrow and will post photos of the project incase anyone is interested.

Thanks again for your help.
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Old 07-08-2013, 09:18 AM   #10
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Hello Bob & Jen...and welcome, from one new Eggcamper owner to another!!
We purchased our 2011 about the same time as you got yours. So, far we have only had the opportunity to camp in the Florida Keys...hot hot sun! We, too, worried about the 5000 btu AC, and have been considering replacing with an 8000 unit. (There are other brands a bit smaller than Frigidaire, still 8000 btu.) We are eager to hear how your project goes (step by step) and see your photos! I will say this....we did not think the 5000 unit would allow us to camp this summer, but we have managed. Just returned last night from a 5-day stay at Bahia Honda SP. Our waterfront site had a bit of shade. We had a fan inside if we needed it (never at night....maybe just during hottest part of afternoon if we wanted to rest inside/take a nap). An amazing ocean breeze kept us cool outside. We had the option of swimming if it got too warm....and also, we sometimes take a drive (car AC!) to explore surroundings or maybe have lunch at a local hang-out to stay out of the heat for a while. Our next reservations are in August, same Park but the site is not shady.....so we'll see how we do. We may decide to take the plunge as you are planning to do. Best of luck with the project and we look forward to seeing your progress!!
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Old 07-08-2013, 09:26 PM   #11
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I have a 2007 EggCamper. I haven't installed an air conditioner yet but I did tint the windows with 5% transmission film. It made a huge difference. If you do tint the windows use the tint that blocks heat as well as light. It is only slightly more expensive. Tint film is available at auto parts stores.
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:03 PM   #12
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I have been contemplating the same thing you are doing. The 5k AC is a little under powered, the controls basic, and air control non-existent.

While keeping an eye out for a replacement I found Home Depot has a LG unit (7k or 8k?) that also has heat. What if we could put this in and use a standard home heat/AC thermostat?

Hmmm...

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Old 07-09-2013, 06:55 AM   #13
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Hello Bob & Jen...and welcome, from one new Eggcamper owner to another!!

Just returned last night from a 5-day stay at Bahia Honda SP. Our waterfront site had a bit of shade. We had a fan inside if we needed it (never at night....maybe just during hottest part of afternoon if we wanted to rest inside/take a nap).
Letitia,

Thanks for the welcome. Jen & I lived in Fort Myers for almost 10 years and recently move to Arizona to manage an RV resort north of Tucson. Camping in the deep south presents special needs for A/C.

Our first day of camping was on our trip from AZ to Michigan. It was 113 when we left Tucson we were able to get the temp. inside to 110. Thats when we decided to change the A/C unit. I talked to Jim Palmer yesterday. He was very helpful and had several recommendation to solve my A/C problems. The simplest was to open one of the roof vents about 1/8 inch. Just enough to allow the hot air to exhaust from the camper. I think this would help in some areas but may not help much in AZ when temps get above 100.

I looked at Bahia Honda SP web page. It looks like one of those special places in Florida. I am sure your are looking forward to your next trip.

Thanks again for the welcome. Weather permitting I will start the modification today, and will posts photos

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I agree on the window film and forgot that we had installed that on our last trailer. You can usually get it at the "home" stores also or online. I have installed it in 3 of our homes. It gives you an added measure of privacy also. I would certainly contact Eggcamper if it were me because if I remember correctly, there is only a carrying capacity of 500 lbs on the Eggcamper. I am not sure what the weight difference between the units being discussed is and you will be putting that weight toward the hitch. I would just get some advice from the factory first.
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