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Old 07-01-2003, 08:00 AM   #15
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Thank you, Steve - that was very informative.
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Old 07-03-2003, 05:03 AM   #16
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AC Vents

I just completed the cosmetic work on my AC installation following Steve's method. I also used a smaller vent on the intake and was amazed at the suction it produces when running. I think the vent size is perfectly adequate. I was also surprised to find that once I insalled the vents, the hot exaust was blown downwards quickly enough that it wouldn't get sucked back into the intake. I was able to place my AC lower in the closet (on the floor) than Steve and only lost about 16 inches of closet space. We don't usually hang clothes while camping anyway!!

For the intake vent, I purchased a soffit (eave) vent from Home Depot for 94 cents. It is alluminum, has screen attached on the inside and is designed for outside use. For the exaust vent, I also purchased a larger soffit vent, but cut my hole too big and had to replace with a return air vent intended for home heating use. It is heavier and because it is intended for inside use, I painted it and siliconed window screen on the inside. It cost about $3.50 from ACE hardware. I used stainless steel screws and plenty of silicone to give a tight seal.

I used a sheet of rubber under the AC to absorb vibration, styrofoam isulation on each side to block the side vents and seal the unit and attached a drain hose to the AC drain and elbowed it through a well siliconed hole in the bottom of the camper. I purchase the 5200BTU AC (kenmore) at Sears last week for $88 on sale and spent about $14 on misc. parts.


I ran the AC yesterday when it was 88 deg outside and about 80% humidity. The temp inside the camper started at 95 deg and 69% humidity. Within 40 minutes it was 84 deg and 39% humidity. 2 hours later is was 79% and remained at 39% humidity. I checked again after another hour and it was 74 deg and still going. I decided this was proof enough and shut it off. All in all, it was a great investment for about $100.

I appologize for not taking "during" pictures, but any questions I will be glad to answer.

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Old 07-03-2003, 06:04 AM   #17
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Nice looking job on A/C.:wave
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Old 07-03-2003, 11:52 AM   #18
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Looks beautiful, Adrian! And I have some questions: what time of day were your humidity and temp measures taken; was your trailer at any time in the shade; what is the interior of your trailer lined/insulated with?
Am I the only chicken afraid to cut yet another hole in the side of her Scamp - especially in the closet area, which is supposed to be of special structural value? (I guess so, as I see there are no quaking smilies.)
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Old 07-03-2003, 05:54 PM   #19
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The temperature and Humidity test was ran during the afternoon (about 1pm to 5pm). We are primarily interested in cooling the Scamp at night since we spend most of the day outside when camping. I don't think we will have a problem, in fact, I think we will end up getting up and turning the thing down!

The Scamp is sitting in full sun outside our house. The photos were taken at 3am this morning, so they aren't a good example. I did have the curtains drawn which I would expect made a difference.
The trailer has the regular foil/bubble wrap type of insulation, covered in carpet that Scamp uses.

The hole I cut and the part of the closet I took out didn't do any structual damage to the Scamp. I didn't cut out any vertical support completely and with the shelf and the AC itself I think it may be better braced than before. I was very concerned (and you should have seen my wife's face) when I had to cut a hole in the side of the Scamp! But it worked out fine. One warning though...don't be as stupid as me and cut it without a shirt or socks on! Gloves would be a plus too as fiberglass is extremely itchy (for about 3 days) when it gets lodged into your skin!!!
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3 A.M.!!!!!!! Were you up all night scratching? Thanks for the info though. I already have one hole in the side with enough clearance around the AC that I think it will be OK for my purposes. Nice to know there is a workable alternative if I change my mind.
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Old 09-26-2011, 03:58 PM   #21
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Great thread!!

I'm thinking of adding a cheap, small 120v AC unit in the closet of my 2001 13' Scamp.

However, I can't see any of those images, just URLs in text form. If I paste those URLs into the URL bar I just get a "page not found".
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Old 09-26-2011, 07:46 PM   #22
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Dylan, a nasty cretin hacked FiberglassRV in November 2005. We lost over 100,000 posts and all the images. That's why this topic says "Legacy Posts." We were able to recover a bunch (but not all) of the threads, but none of the pictures

It will NEVER happen again!

If you search for what you're looking for, you'll probably find more recent posts... or maybe someone that's done the deed will jump in and point you to a recent topic.
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Old 09-26-2011, 09:37 PM   #23
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Here's how I did mine. There are several others that have done it. All a little different.

I'm adding air conditioning to my Scamp.
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Here's how I did mine. There are several others that have done it. All a little different.

I'm adding air conditioning to my Scamp.
Already found that with search! Thanks for posting it!

Other than loss of closet space, it seems the small window unit's are mostly pain free for a skilled DIYer.
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Dylan, a nasty cretin hacked FiberglassRV in November 2005. We lost over 100,000 posts and all the images. That's why this topic says "Legacy Posts." We were able to recover a bunch (but not all) of the threads, but none of the pictures

It will NEVER happen again!

If you search for what you're looking for, you'll probably find more recent posts... or maybe someone that's done the deed will jump in and point you to a recent topic.
That is sad.
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I've been racking my brain to figure where I can put one in my Deluxe 13, the closet just isn't big enough. I don't really want to put something in the front under the bench. The only other place is on the driver's side rear dinette. And I'm not sure if that would work very well. Anyone have any idea's ?
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:00 AM   #27
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Tim,

I have a Scamp and I am looking into doing something similar. The problem has been finding an AC unit small enough to fit the space in the closet, but I think this unit might be the ticket.

Frigidaire FRA052XT7

It is 12” H x 16” W x 13.2” D and weighs 35lb

Here is a link to it on Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003F4TH6G/ref=s9_simh_gw_p201_d0_g201_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0D ER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1YFAKCVQ16FNTPSTVV1V&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p =470938631&pf_rd_i=507846

or

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003KQUH0O/ref=s9_simh_gw_p201_d0_g201_i2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0D ER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1YFAKCVQ16FNTPSTVV1V&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p =470938631&pf_rd_i=507846
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I was eyeing this one, I love the digital temp control, including the optional remote control with a temp sensor on it. Makes a lot of sense to take the temp by the occupant not the AC unit. Weighs 43lbs, I'll have to shed a lot of weight from my trailer before I can add that kind of weight back in. I'm installing a 40lb water heater this weekend.

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