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Old 02-15-2006, 04:29 AM   #29
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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.
I thank everyone for their suggestions. I have come to the conclusion that the closet method would be the best. Trilliums have the breaker box in the closet, which I have moved up higher out of the way of the a/c unit. I have also installed a outlet. I hve searched the internet for the smallest window unit. Best Buy has a Frigadaire ( spelling )
that is only 12x12x15 inches. The exhaust wil be the only challenge, cutting the hole in the side of the camper, and separating the exhaust from the intake. I think it is probably the best method.

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Old 05-10-2006, 01:59 PM   #30
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Just got into the camping thing. Have a Trillium and are looking for suggestions on how to install a A/C unit??

We looked into putting AC in our 17 ft. Boler. It was $2,200 for the unit and then you had to re-inforce the roof and pay for installation. My wife suggested buying a portable unit. We found a good one on sale at Sears for $488 Canadian. It is a Delonghi 9000 BTU. It is compact and has one hose to vent it. I am going to place it under an existing small counter and vent it out the bottom of the trailer (Adapter comes with it). We can now bring it to camp or in the house if we wish.

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Old 05-10-2006, 05:44 PM   #31
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Here's one on an '80 4500
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Old 05-10-2006, 06:00 PM   #32
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Old 05-10-2006, 08:57 PM   #33
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Well, I'm chillin now. Planning to be in Austin Texas in June I knew I would need some cooling. Found this Fedders unit at Sam's club online Fedders 9000 BTU AC/Heat. It's not there any more, but it is at Walmart as you can see by the link.

Puzzled and puzzled over where to vent the hoses. Tried the ceiling fan but got too much recirculation and not enough fresh air. Hoses are too short to reach the side windows. Sooo, unless I was willing to cut holes in my Trill (which I am not partial to doing) that left the window in the door. Measured up and yup the bracket fits and the hoses discharge within the window opening. Needed something to fill space between screen and hose ends, so got one of those foam kneeling pads and cut two holes in it to line up with the openings for the hoses. Attached two of the stick on hooks to the door to hold the bracket in place and viola --- chillin time. Wasn't using the space in front of the door any way.

It is probably twice the cooling needed for the trailer, at least so far. In the sun and 85 degrees didn't phase it. Just testing it pulled it down to 65 in less than 10 minutes. I think it might see double duty in the house.

Next test will be to see if the Honda 2K can run it. I already found out it trips the breaker if I try to use microwave or electric skillet with it when on shore power.


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