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Old 08-01-2014, 09:42 PM   #1
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Someone stop me before I start cutting holes...(lengthy)

I am 95% complete with the inside reno, partly through the outside and prepping for paint. One thing that has bugged me was the AC. I hated the AC sticking out the dinette window. Hated the way it looked, the way it took the view away, hated even more the PO lost the window parts to make the frame complete. I tossed around installing a portable (takes to much room) Making a homemade Climateright (cheaper, but some engineering hurdles for reliable operation), or just biting the bullet and buying a Climateright and installing it. When a couple of vintage matching windows became available I jumped on it, so no more window AC no matter what. Flash forward, It is stinking hot here Fl this time of year, working on the last inside things are killing me so it was time for AC. I bought a CR 8000 BTU and now I am contemplating the install. Here is where I need advice.
My thoughts are installing two 4" marine deck plates in the side so I can run the duct hoses and seal from weather when not installed or in use. My first thought was putting them in the rear under the window so the air was by the bed when sleeping to keep cool at night. Then I thought maybe installing them in the outside the sink area so I could then run duct to either side of the galley for the vent and return. That way the bed still gets the cool air at night. I am open to more ideas before I start cutting holes in the side. I would hate to do it my way only to get a better idea later and it be to late. Your input is welcome.
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Old 08-01-2014, 10:24 PM   #2
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It would really help us to help you if you told us the YEAR of your Scamp. Please update your profile.
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Old 08-01-2014, 10:35 PM   #3
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It's a 1983 Scamp 13.
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Old 08-01-2014, 11:35 PM   #4
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Where are you planning on mounting the unit? They are meant to be mounted outside, correct? Your mounting location may ultimately determine your duct locations.

I'm not sure the vent placement is really super critical to your comfort though, since if you have a 12v fan running (even something like a cheap car fan) in such a small space the temperature inside the camper will tend to equalize fairly well.
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Old 08-02-2014, 08:37 AM   #5
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For those that didn't pick up on the hint, the CR-8000 is a Climateright-8000 a/c unit. Here's a link to their page:
ClimateRight Air - Portable Outdoor Climate Control Systems

I would say that placement of the in/out vents is very critical to prevent "looping", that is, pulling out the cold air that is being pumped in. Also keeping the hoses short would improve efficiency.

The manufacturer shows use with teardrops, you might want to touch base with them about cooling a bigger trailer. 8000 BTU could be very marginal with a 13' SCAMP in your area.
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Old 08-02-2014, 09:00 PM   #6
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Mounting it is not really an issue. Since it is a portable unit that can be placed anywhere within 6 feet for hose connections. I will carry it on the rear on a cargo hauler so I could leave it there, or remove it and locate it on the side. More than likely at this point I will be mounting the deck plates on the galley side and running the duct under the galley. It seems to be the best place, plus hides the duct work and all that will be visible are some marine AC registers. I have since found some tight 90 degree boxes so that the ducts can be run behind the fridge to where I need them so it will not sacrifice alot of room.
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Old 08-23-2014, 10:51 PM   #7
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How did everything go? I just ordered a CR 5000 today.
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Old 08-24-2014, 07:02 AM   #8
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I just ordered a CR 5000 today.
Interesting unit, but it surprised me it weighs 55 lbs
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I'm looking at a CR-5000. Feedback? Pics?


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