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Old 10-28-2015, 10:58 AM   #1
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Does anyone have close up pictures of front window A/C install? Being in Texas you really need A/C. Hate to modify front window but seems to be best alternative to cutting fiberglass below front window. Thanks for any input


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Old 10-28-2015, 01:36 PM   #2
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Personally, I would not do it. If you have seen how thin the walls are you might not either
If you do it you will have to build something to support it
You already have nice support at the hitch tree. Could you put it there, make a chute under the table/bed and bring in the cold there?
We just have lots of small 12V fans but we don't full time and so far our warmest camping was over 100 during the day but cooled off at night.

Somebody else may have a better idea


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Old 10-28-2015, 04:22 PM   #3
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Putting it under the table costs valuable storage space to not block airflow and also block a clear path for return air. Not good for Room type a/c's. You will make the underbed area very cold, but won't draw air from the other end of or high up in the camper.
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Old 10-28-2015, 10:53 PM   #4
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Bob, you are our Compact guru. Where would you put one?
Like I said, this has not been an issue for us.


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If you are in east texas you have to worry about condensation and dribbling onto the floor. You might think about a portable one with a hot air hose leading out the electrical outlet spot if yours is like a Casita. Of course you will need to dump the water. I agree the fiberglass is way too weak to handle A/C.
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Old 10-29-2015, 09:14 AM   #6
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Bob, you are our Compact guru. Where would you put one?
Like I said, this has not been an issue for us.


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I doubt if anyone will like my answer(s)

1. No where. The Hunter is just to small to have a a/c anywhere but sticking out the front window and that's a poor location as it's inches above the bed & dining area. And... as one Hunter owner pointed out when removing one from his recently purchased Hunter's front window, "It looks to Redneck"

2. With the pop-up top, one might as well try to a/c the campsite as well. They leak air like a sieve.

3. If I lived or, camped somewhere frequently, where air conditioning was necessary to support life I would not buy a Hunter or any other pop-up FGRV. They just are not the "Apartment on wheels" that some individuals and/or geographical areas need.

We use 12 volt fans for cooling and, someday, might add the same model Fantastic fan that we had in our Scamp & Lil'Bigfoot, both also w/o air conditioning. BUT, we don't live in or often travel to the super hot/humid areas. When it's 100 in Riverside, we go to the mountains or beach, both within an hours drive.
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Old 10-29-2015, 09:38 AM   #7
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Hi, somewhere in the archives there are pictures of a guy that installed a mini-split in his Hunter. There was also an ad for this system on the website. They were offering a discount for the system at that time. As I recall it was quite a low price for that type of thing. I also remember it looked pretty nice when he was done with it. We almost purchased it after we got our Hunter but after taking it out several times we never had a need for A/C. I suggest searching the archives.
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Old 10-29-2015, 09:44 AM   #8
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I don't recall a Hunter having a mini-split a/c being installed, but I do recall a 16' Scamp installation that was recently posted.
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I put a mini-split on my 16'Scamp.
I can't say how well it works traveling, but it works like a champ in the driveway.

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After kicking it around, I have decided to hold off on A/C. Usually out and around during the day. With all the windows and pop top, I will use a fan. No use in going overboard without a little trial and error. Thanks for the input.


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When I bought my Compact Jr 11 years ago it had an AC mounted in the front window. It has functioned perfectly and allowed us to camp with no problem in the heat of Texas summer. It is mounted with 4 braces. 2 steel angle irons are under the unit and 2 aluminum braces go from the top corners of the unit to the window frame. All 4 braces are bolted through the fiberglass and the 1 x 2 interior wood window frame. Nothing has moved in trips from Arlington, TX to New Orleans, to South Dakota, to Oregon, or multiple sites within Texas.
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Here is a link to a photo of the AC on the inside of the trailer.
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I found the video

Here is the link to the video I had seen a couple years ago and yes it is not a Hunter but back then I guess I did not notice.
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