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Old 01-25-2006, 07:40 PM   #15
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In my 2005 the escape window is "sealed" somehow. It has 2 red handles and will open, BUT it is not meant for routine opening and closing. At least that is my understanding. I did try to open it, the handles turn and there is a hinge that it would open on, but there is a sealant (silicone) around the mating pieces.

It's too dark tonite to go outside and look at, but I believe the above is correct.

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Old 01-26-2006, 06:14 PM   #16
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I don't know if this would apply to a Trillium, but the designated "escape" window in my Boler 1700 is simply the only one which opens wide enough to climb out of - we don't have the special window with red release handles like Curtis's unit or (for instance) a typical bus. That means not the jalousie-type kitchen window (the Trilliums seem to have a lot of those) or the small horizontal sliders used in the other three corners, but the big horizontal slider in the rear - I think that rear window in my trailer would open enough to insert an air conditioner as Al describes.
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Old 01-29-2006, 06:44 PM   #17
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As Charlie said, we've done two Trill a/c 's. Both have been rooftop Coleman Mini Mach's.
The first trailer was a '77 4500. While the unit worked great even in our South Florida heat & humidity, It's 70 lb. weight was a bit much for the unreinforced roof of that trailer. After a few months the a/c unit took on a decided list to port. It never did cause the roof to crack or leak, but looked a little screwey.

Our current trailer is a 5500 and has a very similar roof structure to the 4500... it's just a bit longer. We were determined not to have the same thing happen to this one so had a guy weld a steel "ladder" that the unit rests on. The ends of the steel are thru-bolted into the sides of the center "hump" that is endemic to Trilliums. So far (two years on) this has proven to be a perfect solution to carrying the weight of the a/c.

Attached is a photo that may give you a better idea what we did.

Hope this helps.

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Old 01-31-2006, 08:11 PM   #18
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Thanks Doug. That is a very neat install. What is the steel? 1" square stock?. Two bolts on each leg for a total of 8? I've got rat fur on the inside of mine that might get in the way, but could probably be finessed to look good. Going to see just how uncomfortable I am this year in my 13' and then we'll see.

Thanks again.
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Old 01-31-2006, 10:42 PM   #19
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John:

If you have a '75. the escape window should be a large single pane in the back. (half of the complete window unit.) I have a '77 13 footer. I believe small window units are the easiest (and least expensive) way to cool a trailer with these type windows. I removed my escape window and made some brackets from small aluminum angle to mount a 5000 btu Gold Star unit. This unit is smaller that some 5000 btu units offered by other manufacturer's. Due to the light weight, mine is a permanent installation. It is positioned to not have excess imbalance out the back and therefore minimal stress on the shell when traveling over bumps. I often camp in 100 degree weather and it will usually keep it about 78 during the heat of the day but cool enough at night to make you pull out the quilt. I wish I could post some pictures but have not tried that yet. If your interested, let me know and I'll try to get handy with my new digital camera.
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Old 02-01-2006, 09:30 AM   #20
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I did some research on installing AC in a folding trailer (Aliner) before I got my Casita. The solution was to use an AC unit with top-mounted controls and a depth of less than 15 inches. The AC was installed behind the microwave cabinet and sticks out the side just a few inches. A vinyl cover is used when towing. I saved these links just in case I ever changed my mind about the Casita. I hope that they give you some ideas for your Trillium.
http://www.alinerclub.org/diy_installingac.html
http://www.aliner.com/page18.html
The AC unit that was used by Aliner was a Carrier model that is no longer made as far as I know. GE is now making a similar unit that is even smaller.
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Old 02-01-2006, 02:44 PM   #21
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I have looked at everyone of my windows and it does not look like I have an escape window. I am trying to locate a dealer for a Freecom portable A/C unit. is only 10 inches wide, 16 inches deep and 25 inches tall. It has a 5 inch exaust hose and weights 36 pounds. My other option is to install a window unit in the closet???? any thought about thoes two.
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Old 02-01-2006, 03:49 PM   #22
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John, is the back window over the table divided into two parts?

if one has the crank out windows( right side looking out from inside)
and the other is a single pane, ( left side looking out) this is the escape window that every one is mentioning.
it will have two clam type catches about 2-4 inches from the bottom.
undo these catches and the single pane window will swing outward,
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Old 02-01-2006, 04:07 PM   #23
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John, is the back window over the table divided into two parts?

if one has the crank out windows( right side looking out from inside)
and the other is a single pane, ( left side looking out) this is the escape window that every one is mentioning.
it will have two clam type catches about 2-4 inches from the bottom.
undo these catches and the single pane window will swing outward,
Both sides of my rear window are crank outs???
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Old 02-01-2006, 04:12 PM   #24
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i tryed the porable a/c unit in my 1300 even cut a porthole in the side and the unit fit in the closet. only troble is it did not cool verywell. the exhust was going out just fine but was sucking warm air in through every crack and loose seal. i could have cut another hole in the side for and air intake. i stoped with out porthole in the closet and whent with the simple frame in the escape window the frame fit in so it coul stay in with the window closed. wish i had some pictures of it down here here with me. the escape window is the one with solid pane it has 2 clips on either side and a hinge on the topside the seal was a little sticky but never leaked after many openings. I will look for it next time iam in Virginia
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Old 02-01-2006, 07:58 PM   #25
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I have a 1978 Trillium and the escape hatch is in the rear, but I noticed some older Trilliums had the exscape window in the front. Maybe the 1975 model didn't have an escape window or someone swapped it out.

I took my rear window completely out and cut a piece of plywood (1/2 inch I believe) the same beveled edge as the wood holding the window in. I then cut a hole in the middle for the air conditioner and secured it with for angled brackets. I put a thin sheet of plywood over the outside and screwed them together. This worked great for use however I intend to mount a unit on the roof someday. I hope to be able to start working on it this May. I can post inside pictures but the outside rear of the trailer is way to close to the house.
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Old 02-01-2006, 08:00 PM   #26
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Some of the portable units which vent through hoses use a single exhaust hose, with the necessary makeup air (replacement for what is going out the exhaust coming through whatever hole it can find. I have a portable in my home (not to be used in the trailer as it is far to bulky) which has 2 hoses: intake and exhaust. The two hose setup means that outside air is kept separate from inside, just like the window units or built-in systems, which seems like a much better idea to me.

I have yet to see a two-hose portable that is small enough, but if one could be found I would consider A/C in the trailer, although this arrangement will always need a lot of bulky/heavy/expensive fan capacity to "breathe" through those hoses. Another factor which makes the portables bulky is that they normally have a tank for the condensate (water removed from the air), while window units can depend on draining it outside.
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Old 02-13-2006, 09:56 PM   #27
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I don't know about Trilliums, but I think the best place to put an AC is in a closet. Roof mounted units add weight stress to the shell, add air flow resistance and shift the trailer's center of gravity higher. I have a closet mounted unit in my Scamp. Take a look:

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/in...howtopic=18525

The weight of this AC rest directly on plywood and the frame and it cools really well.
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Old 02-15-2006, 01:31 AM   #28
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I'm happy with my "installation," if you could even call it that. I bought a used 5K BTU window air conditioner for $25. I strapped it onto a shelf in my empty fridge space, putting a sink dish drainer underneath to catch the condensation and dump it outside. I sandwiched a cheap old 12 V box fan behind the AC to boost the hot exhaust air flow, and propped the louvered door open. Another 12V fan sits on the floor in front of the unit and blows cold air upwards. I probably have $60 in the whole system, which weighs less than 60 lbs. It kept my new 16' Scamp comfortable through two August weeks in Tennessee and Kentucky. Most of the time when I'm camping in Colorado I won't even bring it along. If I used it more, I might want a more permanent solution, but I've spent the bigger bucks on a MaxxAir fan and , next , a cat heater.
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