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Old 07-02-2012, 03:45 PM   #1
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Frigidaire FRA054XT7, condensation?

I have this unit in hand and I've very pleased, I think I can get this working in the closet, above the wheel in my 13' Scamp.

BUT, one of my main concerns is where excess condensation will end up. Apparently this unit collects condensation and it gets sprayed/slung up onto the condenser to help radiate heat. At some point there will be too much and it's going to com out somewhere. Sprayed out the sides? Dripping out the back? I have left it running a while and have found no condensation, but in this high desert that's not unexpected. So other than just pouring water in the top and seeing what happens I'm not sure how to test for this.

Anyone have this particular unit? Have you used it in a humid environment enough to get a sense of what happens to the moisture in the unit? If you have this installed INSIDE a Scamp, how do you make sure moisture doesn't drain inside the trailer?

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PS, the remote does NOT display the temp or any information. You need to see the readout on the AC unit. But the remote seems to work fine. Any control input results in a SHRIEKING beep. I think I'll be opening up the unit to find what that emits from and wrapping tape on it until it's only slightly audible.
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Old 07-03-2012, 05:09 PM   #2
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I have a similar Frigidaire mounted in the same location and live near the humid Atlantic. Yes, it will eventually condense water at a pace where the fan cannot get rid of it. It then will drip out the bottom of the AC. I had to place the AC unit into a pan with a hole attached to tubing which I ran into the wheel well. I found a pan used for baking cookies at K-Mart about a half inch deep, almost exactly the size of the AC unit. Maybe not so elegant, but it works fine.
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I have a similar Frigidaire mounted in the same location and live near the humid Atlantic. Yes, it will eventually condense water at a pace where the fan cannot get rid of it. It then will drip out the bottom of the AC. I had to place the AC unit into a pan with a hole attached to tubing which I ran into the wheel well. I found a pan used for baking cookies at K-Mart about a half inch deep, almost exactly the size of the AC unit. Maybe not so elegant, but it works fine.
Gotcha. How did you put the drain in the pan?

I'll take my tape measure to Walmart, K Mart, etc. and look around.


Or may make something with plywood and fiberglass, we'll see...
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Went to Lowes and got a plastic half inch drain thingy from the plumbing department. Had to modify it a bit with a Dremel tool. Drilled a hole in the pan, stuck the drain thingy through and epoxied it very well (did not want it to leak). Got some clear plastic hose (Lowes) with a hoseclamp, stuck it through the wheel well hole and voila, it works. Keep in mind you want a bit of rearward slope in the AC unit and pan so the water will run to your drain.
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Great input, much appreciated.
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Marking things off. The X is where the 10.5x13" vent will be. Just what that vent will be is unknown at this point.


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Where to make intake vents is the main problem now. Tall thin vents on either side of the exhaust are so close to the hot exhaust. Above would be worse. That darn wheel well makes pulling air from below very challenging. Too close to the hot water heater vent is not ideal either.

I'm contemplating a box on the floor along the bottom of the closet. Maybe 4" wide and tall. I could cut several round holes and put perhaps 4 8mm muffin fans to pull air up, then holes in the bottom of the closet to get the air from that box. But that's just so inelegant and will not look great in the cabin.
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I believe Honda 03842 did an install with pictures in the same location awhile back, check his thread. My only concern with condensation is you have to drain it, this recirculating a/c that hold the water until it evaporates will allow a pool of water when you move your unit to appear.
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Where to make intake vents is the main problem now. Tall thin vents on either side of the exhaust are so close to the hot exhaust. Above would be worse. That darn wheel well makes pulling air from below very challenging. Too close to the hot water heater vent is not ideal either.

I'm contemplating a box on the floor along the bottom of the closet. Maybe 4" wide and tall. I could cut several round holes and put perhaps 4 8mm muffin fans to pull air up, then holes in the bottom of the closet to get the air from that box. But that's just so inelegant and will not look great in the cabin.

I put the intake vents under the dinette seat and let the AC unit pull air through. Also, I vented the AC exhaust down through the wheel well, vice cutting a hole in the side. Had to custom make a shroud to direct the air down through the opening cut into the wheel well.
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I believe Honda 03842 did an install with pictures in the same location awhile back,
Yeah, we've talked. The major difference is he does not have that pesky wheel well I do. Without that, there'd be more than enough room for all sorts of venting options.

Stupid wheels, why I do need those on a trailer!
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I put the intake vents under the dinette seat and let the AC unit pull air through. Also, I vented the AC exhaust down through the wheel well, vice cutting a hole in the side. Had to custom make a shroud to direct the air down through the opening cut into the wheel well.
I'd love to see pics of your venting and install in general.

Pulling intake air from the right dinette seat might be an option. That's packed with my hot water heater and cold water tank, but there may be a solution in that area....
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I'd love to see pics of your venting and install in general.

Pulling intake air from the right dinette seat might be an option. That's packed with my hot water heater and cold water tank, but there may be a solution in that area....

Don't know how to post pics on here. I have them and can send them via e-mail if you can get me your e-mail address.
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Don't know how to post pics on here. I have them and can send them via e-mail if you can get me your e-mail address.
I'll PM you if that's best. But I just learned to post pics, so I can help you with that too. That way people can learn from them in the future.
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Thinking a hatch like this would work to cover the AC exhaust when not in use.

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I'd prefer something vented, then I wouldn't have to open it to use it, but I want something that opens so I can put a layer of insulation in off season. But the non vented hatch might be better peace of mind during long winters.
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