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Old 08-21-2014, 10:58 PM   #15
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A little bird told me self-reliance is going to pay off for you, Brian! God bless the man who can cut his way in and cut his way out and end up with everything in one piece! Attention to detail ain't the game in Gibsonville but your trailer can still be a great trailer!


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Old 08-22-2014, 04:33 AM   #16
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We really like our ParkLiner, just not the company. The trailer itself is well designed, queen size bed, "magic" table (very cool), 6' 4" ceiling height, toilet, shower, AC, heat, hot water. I agree with Deryk - no matter what you buy, there will always be an issue. If I was in NC, my thoughts about the company might be different. Part of my problem is the amount of money they cost me this year that would have been inconsequential if I lived in NC!

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Old 08-23-2014, 06:54 PM   #17
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Built In AC...

The best solution to the removal of the warm exhaust air from the ParkLiner would be to duct it to the exterior grill or at least very near to it. When I was getting schooled on Tom Bass' ParkLiner he mentioned the builders had to do this for the refrigerator in some form or fashion. Of course, based on reading your excellent account of the removal/repair process, I would think it may be a more difficult endeavor to undertake. You definitely uncovered a very significant shortcoming of the original install, that being the blockage of the condenser coil with foam cushioning. This may, in fact, be one of the reasons the 5K Btu units are not cooling so well. While in Tom B's unit with 4 other on a reasonably warm NC day, Tom showed us the portable fan he uses to distribute the cool air to the rear area of the camper. It really didn't cool down that much while we were in there even with the fan. This may be a case for future consideration to relocate the AC unit to the front of the unit (I think another fiberglass camper maker did this but not sure) so the front air louvers pointed back into the living area. Just sayin'...
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Old 09-24-2014, 01:58 PM   #18
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one of the key elements driving me towards the PL was the AC unit in the cabin. while checking the options page I see that they only offer a roof mount unit now. I didnt care for that style in the other brands... How much should I expect that to impact gas mileage ?
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Old 09-24-2014, 02:06 PM   #19
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Actually I would rather have AC on the roof, simply because cold air is heavier than warm air, and roof-mounted AC provides natural cooling flow. No fans required.

It now becomes a pricier option compared to the $100 Walmart units they used to install...

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Old 09-24-2014, 02:16 PM   #20
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The aerodynamics of a towed trailer are very complicated, dependent on speed and a lot of tow vehicle factors. I studied this when I was considering getting a v-nose cargo trailer. The roof AC is unlikely to have a significant impact on your
fuel economy and transportation expenses, except if you were planning on driving the trailer several times around the earth.
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Old 09-24-2014, 02:16 PM   #21
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I bought one of those little 5K Frigidaires and was so unimpressed I boxed it back up and returned it to Lowes. I went down to Home Depot and found a 6K BTU unit very slightly larger but that really cools the Scamp. WAY better than only an additional 1000 BTU would seem to indicate. The 6K unit has the added benefit of removing and servicing the filter from the front. I had no idea this would be an issue until our second trip out we discovered that the filter was 100% covered in dog hair. My Aussie sheds a tremendous amount of fur and the A/C (which she lays right in front of) was sucking it up. Personally, since I have had the Scamp with the A/C in the cabinet and the ablity to swap it out for $170 I DO NOT want a trailer with roof A/C. Other than cost I also want the roof clear and available for solar panels.

I forgot to mention that even after I called Fridigaire they were unable to come up with a fitting to connect a condensate drain line, but the Home Dept unit came with one that I attached to short hose down throught the bottom of the Scamp.
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Old 09-25-2014, 07:23 AM   #22
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I went down to Home Depot and found a 6K BTU unit very slightly larger but that really cools the Scamp.
What make/model?

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Old 09-25-2014, 07:40 AM   #23
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What make/model? Frank
This little beauty: http://www.homedepot.com/p/LG-Electronics-6-000-BTU-115-Volt-Window-Air-Conditioner-with-Remote-LW6014ER/205139201?N=5yc1vZc4lu

While only slightly physically larger it is significantly heavier and more expensive than the additional 20% of cooling capacity would suggest. I believe this is due to it being a much more well-built and substantial unit. The condensate drain and ability to clean the filter alone are worth it to me notwithstanding the additional cooling. The little Frigidaire is an entry-level, built to a price point unit and has its place but it did not cut it for me. After I bought and installed the 6K LG I saw an 8000 BTU Heir (I think that is the brand) at Walmart for under $200 that did not look much bigger in the box. I donít know if it would have fit though, the 6K pushed the limits of still having room for air flow around the sides of the case in the Scampís closet install. I like the LG 6000 BTU and it did the job during a week at the beach this summer in Florida.
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Good to know. Our trailer's AC unit really has no room to breath, let alone room for anything larger.

I installed a small roof mounted AC unit on an old Sunline travel trailer we had. It was not difficult to install, but it was pricey. I'd like to see or know where ParkLiner is mounting these roof units. Replacing the powered vent in the back maybe?

We'll see how it goes.

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one of the key elements driving me towards the PL was the AC unit in the cabin. while checking the options page I see that they only offer a roof mount unit now. I didnt care for that style in the other brands... How much should I expect that to impact gas mileage ?
Roof AC units have become much more aerodynamic than they were only 5 years ago. Newer Dometic hardly protrudes more than a roof van vent cover now. Also runs fine on a Honda 2000i

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Roof AC units have become much more aerodynamic than they were only 5 years ago. Newer Dometic hardly protrudes more than a roof van vent cover now. Also runs fine on a Honda 2000i

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Thanks, having ruled out the roof mount initially, I havent done any real research . Looks as if impact will be minimal.
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HI Butch, I can tell you we went to Savannah, GA in August (mistake) was 100...the a/c in the floor only cooled us to 87...not good enough, and we were in the shade. I would much prefer a roof mount that works better. We had 3 fans going as well. I love my Parkliner, but hate the floor a/c.
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I'm waiting for pics and model #s of the new roof mounted AC. I want mine on the roof. I've installed roof mount AC before, and other than cost, am ready to do it again. I assume it goes where the powered vent is in the back, so there's power there already.

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