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Old 06-24-2014, 09:11 PM   #1
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Hi,

Bought our 1979 13' Scamp today... So excited!!! It's definitely a project and one of the first things I want to do is add air conditioning. Can anyone suggest a good one to get and where it should be placed? I'd rather not use a window space if possible.

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Old 06-24-2014, 09:27 PM   #2
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Many people have add AC units to their campers ...in all kinds of places...even in windows!
Go to the top of the page and find the search box drop down menu,when you click on the down arrow it will give you suggestions of ways to search...in the Google search box type in air conditioner...that will give you LOTS of topic links and you can look at them to see if you find anything you like.

Everyone here is very helpful and will answer your questions as best they can with advice on how to best do your Mod. Someone much better than me( Donna D ) is Great on pointing people to just the Right topic so she just might pop in anytime with some real good Topic links for you.

Good luck and Happy Camping
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:49 PM   #3
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Hi Tonnie, to FiberglassRV, we're glad you're here.

Unfortunately, you will not be able to add A/C to the roof. The early Scamps were not built for A/C unless ordered that way. The roof won't support the weight without extra support put in during the initial build. You can add support, if you're completely modifying the trailer (removing headliner, etc.) Your best bet is a window A/C or one put into the closet, etc.

Best of luck!
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:53 PM   #4
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Thank you to both of you!

Lynn, thanks for the instructions on how to use some of the features on this website.

Donna, thanks for the info. Sounds like roof air is more trouble than it's worth.

We don't want to put the egg into a deep freeze, just filter the air and cool it down.
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:08 PM   #5
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If you poke around a bit, there are a number of examples of closet installs - I'm about to go that route myself, I've already bought a 5,000BTU window unit to put in my 13' scamp

A closet install WILL require the addition of an outside vent, which means cutting a suitably sized hole. If that doesn't scare you away, it does seem like a fairly easy job... I expect the hardest part for me is going to be running the electrical line to that side of the camper.. but I've half considered just adding an electric inlet (like this one - no extra wiring required) on that side since once I'm done with my "renovations" the only need for AC power will be for the air conditioner... everything else will run on solar/12v.
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:23 PM   #6
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Frigidaire has a particularly small A/C, which works well with small fiberglass RVs.
They have been installed in many places ..
top or bottom of the closet
Through the front hull
Under the dinette(old Scamp factory location)
Front corner at floor level ( Casita Patriot location)
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:33 PM   #7
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Boler 13 airconditioning

I purchased a near new portable floor model 5000 btu AC for my boler off kijiji for $100.00 it has a remote and I set it up to vent out the door window. It cooled mine from 92 degrees F to 72 in 1 1/2 hours. Once the beds and sheets and everything was cool, I shut it off. The sun was down. I stuck it in my SUV and opened the windows and vent. I like the fresh air and it dehumidifies as well. If it was really humid I would leave it on, on low with just the dehumidifier on. Works great for me. Mine is a Hisense but Sears sells a Kenmore. I see used ones for sale all the time. They work well as a backup in the house as well if you have a hot bedroom far from the central air....Works on 110 volt. ...Works for me...fairley portable and light.
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:35 PM   #8
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Hi Tonnie, to FiberglassRV, we're glad you're here.

Unfortunately, you will not be able to add A/C to the roof. The early Scamps were not built for A/C unless ordered that way. The roof won't support the weight without extra support put in during the initial build. You can add support, if you're completely modifying the trailer (removing headliner, etc.) Your best bet is a window A/C or one put into the closet, etc.

Best of luck!
you are almost always right! But in this case....
On the older Scamps with the thinner top, supports were often added by putting a wooden support fore and aft of the rooftop A/C unit. These "rafters" were sanctioned and occasionally even (I think) installed by Scamp. They were attached using through the hull screw fasteners. Sorry, my archives don't contain any pictures of them.
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Old 06-25-2014, 10:24 AM   #9
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Thanks so much to all of you!

I'm wondering about installing it in the center front low enough it can be supported by a metal piece welded on to the hitching assembly.

Has anyone tried this?
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Old 06-25-2014, 10:31 AM   #10
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Floyd,

I love the little dinette area with the a.c. in the front. What a great idea! It's good I don't have any money left after buying the Scamp. It will give me more time to get all this good advice before I start working on it.

Thanks!
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Old 06-25-2014, 10:36 AM   #11
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Sarah,

I love, love, love Ramblin' Rosie's fancy paint job! Classy, colorful, distinctive, and still sun reflective.

I'd love to paint mine red with black dots, but my husband makes a very good point that it would be too hot. Also, red fades so badly. However, it would make such a cute Ladybug!

Thanks!
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Old 06-25-2014, 12:19 PM   #12
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I think what Donna stated is correct in it's context.

I have never heard of the "Rafter" modification and, unless some documentation and/or images were available, it sounds like a bit of a risk for the newbie, especially if they have to start out by cutting a big hole in the roof.

And about putting it on the tongue.... Scamps are usually a bit tongue heavy to start, adding more weight out there to a now 35 y.o. frame might not be that good an idea either. The closet install puts the weight right over the axle, where it belongs.
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Old 06-25-2014, 12:32 PM   #13
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You make a really good point Bob. Thanks!
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Old 06-25-2014, 12:59 PM   #14
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If you would like to look at some ideas for yours, feel free to look here and to browse around the other projects we have done with FGRV's:
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