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Old 11-17-2002, 09:14 AM   #15
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Hi Steve ... Coleman discontinued the Mini-Mach a/c (but you still can find it) ... and now has new technology model called Coleman Polar Cub.

Unfortunately, the weight also increased. The mini-mach weighs about 75 pounds (34 kg) ... the Polar Cub weighs in at 100 pounds (45 kg).

When Casita started offering roof a/c ... I know they also beefed up to roof ... adding additional support to accomodate the weight.

To be honest with you, unless you add some sort of additional bracing, I'm not sure your Trillium roof would support it.

Now, that's the bad news ... the good news is it is relatively easy (and was the way it was done for years and years in our little fiberglass wonders) to add a rear window a/c.

An idea I always toyed with ... but never attempted would be to use a step ladder (might have to shorten to fit) and some sort of shroud to place a room a/c just outside one of the opening windows.

Might not look to attractive, but it would probably get the job done. Since I do a lot of winter camping, I never wanted a permanent rear-window installation.
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Old 11-17-2002, 09:27 AM   #16
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I think I'm going for the portable one. Saw one that was also a little heater all in one. I've got so many places saved in my favorites, it will take me days to find it. but it was about 32" high x16 wide maybe. Ches listed come companies that have portables, but I haven't checked them out yet. Well you wouldn't have to crawl on the roof to fix it. and all the windows would still be there for viewing.
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Old 11-17-2002, 09:30 AM   #17
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Steve - Well, Charles beat me to the punch before I finished my post! Thanks Charles. You did explain it better than I.

I think the brand for other than roof mount is not all that important as long as you watch where the drain is and what the amps are. You don't want to overload your circuit.

When I first got my '89 I wasn't all that impressed with it, but I'm here to tell you, I have no plans now on moving it. It is the orginal A/C and so far it works like a champ. I was working in it this summer and ran it almost everyday in 100F degree temps. You could hang meat in there. I still haven't figured out how it has stayed put so well, but that sucker is in there to stay. Now, I'm just hoping it continues to hold cuz I don't want to replace it. That little jobby hanging out the back window kind of grows on you and isn't near as icky as I thought it was the first time ;)
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Old 11-17-2002, 10:20 AM   #18
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Suz, you got pictures of that jobby somewhere? In my mind I keep seeing this 3x2 foot thing hanging at an angle out the back window. Not a pretty picture.
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Old 11-17-2002, 10:25 AM   #19
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Jana - not on hand...I try and not take pictures of that side:O

Once I got the shine back and everything else done AND I had seen it a million times, it's not so bad. But, I am working on designing a lightweight red and white strip awning to hang over the back window. Then it will be so cute, everyone will want one.;)

I'll try and get a picture today or tomorrow. Okay?
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Old 11-17-2002, 11:55 AM   #20
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The local r/v dealer recommended a window mount a/c. They make them small and light and he thought it would not look bad. That is where I seen the 1982 Scamp for sale and It has a window mount. I have heard the different discussion of the a/c in the Casita and thought that I might look into it although I will probably buy a window mount. I am not worried about losing a window. We only bought the trailer to sleep in and keep the children in (Pug dogs, 5 ea.) :o They do not handle the heat well and we almost lost one the last time we went camping in a tent. I know who needs that many dogs? We were bredding them and this is what is left and just grew attached to them.
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Old 11-17-2002, 12:00 PM   #21
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A/C View in and out

This is not our best side, and we wouldn't do it for just anyone, but since you asked, here it is. I couldn't get a good shot of the whole trailer, so you just get to see the backside. (Yuk)

Outside rear view
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3dd7d8e686712rearac1.JPG/>

A/C from the inside
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3dd7d75bb781eMVC-006S.JPG/>


I either need to get a better camera or a better photographer. They never turn out very well. I have yet to figure out how to get a long shot in my 16 footer.
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Old 11-17-2002, 01:02 PM   #22
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Suz,
That's not bad at all. :m I really like the inside. :reye2 so homy. Is that a real plant?

Steve DW, keep me informed of your progress. This has much more potentional then I thought. :chin I am impressed with Suz's.

So where do you get these little things? Did someone tell me and I miss it? Got to get the right kind of wiring back to that window, see if my Tom cares, hum?? what else?

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Old 11-17-2002, 01:18 PM   #23
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So where do you get these little things? Did someone tell me and I miss it? Got to get the right kind of wiring back to that window...
Jana, it is just a really small unit with low amps and BTUs. You can get them at Costco, Sams, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, anywhere. In fact, the new units have a better energy rating than my old one, so you should be fine. Personally, I think one that is encased in plastic rather than metal would do better, but that is just my mind working. Don't have a clue to the real answer there.

As far as the wiring...mine is just plugged into a regular outlet. I choose not to use the other part of that outlet while the unit is running because I don't want to blow a fuse. Once again, no basis for that, just my thought. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I think I heard that as long as you stay around 4.5 amps or less (printed on the A/C) you'll do fine.

We got some experienced people that will jump in here and set this all straight. I just wanted you to know that it's not that big of a deal. Really. It's just a small regular A/C just like you might use in a small room at home...at least mine is.
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Suz
Your trailer looks real nice.:wub I do not think the A/C looks bad at all. It does not look like much sticks out the rear. I saved the pictures of the interior of your trailer for future reference. I keep thinking that with the overhang out the rear and bouncing down the highway, my window frame or trailer wall will break.:sick :weep Lots to think about.
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Old 11-17-2002, 06:15 PM   #25
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A/C and ivy.

Steve - Thanks for the compliment. Seriously the picture is not good at all, but it gives you an idea what the A/C looks like from the inside. That unit that is there was factory installed and my TT is an '89, so it's held on quite a while. I'm not quite brave enough to tear it out and put in a new one myself (don't mess with success), so I hope it continues to last for a while.

Jana - if you have 110, that's all it takes. Just make sure you know what else is on that circuit so you don't overload it.
The plant? Naw,its not real. It started out as a joke and I've kinda gotten use to it. It runs all the way across the top of the dinette window and up to the skylight (vent). My TT has carpeted walls and ceiling, so it's amazing what you can do with tack pins and cheap drapery hooks!
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3dd83043e142csmalldining.JPG/> <img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3dd8305801283smallivy.JPG/>
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