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Old 08-31-2010, 05:22 PM   #1
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Air conditioning for a scamp

I am new to owning a scamp and new to the forums so please bear with me and if I am in the wrong spot please redirect me. I had another thread that I just bought the 1987 Scamp 13 ft from brother in law and got some very good responses and I thank you. But my wife tried to surprise me and bought (on ebay) a new Coleman Mach III with 13500 BTU. Weighs about 110 pounds. We are now in a quandry as to how to stabilize the roof to make this work. I called about returning it but there is a 15% restocking fee and shipping both ways. Too much to end up with nothing. Any ideas on how to make this work, or even possibly is there any chance of selling this unit and starting all over again?
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Old 08-31-2010, 06:08 PM   #2
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I am new to owning a scamp and new to the forums so please bear with me and if I am in the wrong spot please redirect me. I had another thread that I just bought the 1987 Scamp 13 ft from brother in law and got some very good responses and I thank you. But my wife tried to surprise me and bought (on ebay) a new Coleman Mach III with 13500 BTU. Weighs about 110 pounds. We are now in a quandry as to how to stabilize the roof to make this work. I called about returning it but there is a 15% restocking fee and shipping both ways. Too much to end up with nothing. Any ideas on how to make this work, or even possibly is there any chance of selling this unit and starting all over again?
I think you will find 13,500 is about triple the size indicated for the size of the space you want to cool. If the air conditioner is too large, it is likely to cycle on and off in very short cycles and won't be practical.
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Old 08-31-2010, 06:41 PM   #3
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I contacted the Scamp factory in Minnesota a while back about adding an AC unit to the roof of my 1981 13'. They indicated that they could remove the cabinets and reinforce the roof with one inch of fiberglass - which is needed to support the AC unit. It seems like the cost was $600-700 and then the cost of the AC unit. I passed on that one.

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Old 09-04-2010, 06:07 PM   #4
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Thirteen thousand butes is more powerful than the largest home window unit I've seen at common stores, like Sears. It's much more than you need. I handle rare A/C needs by setting the smallest 5,000 BTU unit in to my Scamp's vacant refrigerator space. With a few small fans to circulate the air, it can drop the temps by 30 degrees in a few minutes. It only cost me $40, used. You need to save the roof space for a nice high-powered fan, too. My MaxAir fan, on high exhaust, can suck the window curtains up to a 45-degree angle!
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Yeah... 13,500 BTU is extreme overkill. 5000BTU is the right size for a 13' Scamp and go with a closet or fridge-space mod. Keep the mass of the heaviest item (an A/C) you'd have in your trailer as low and as close to your axle as you can. It ain't worth the expense of a roof mod and definitely not worth risking wrecking a ceiling by sticking an AC up on a unsupported roof.

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