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Old 05-28-2012, 04:53 PM   #1
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Tiny 3000btu AC unit?!

I've found a tiny 3000 BTU AC unit, but it's made for industrial cooling and while I have not found any published prices I expect it to be many times the price of a cheap household unit. But it's tall, very thin form factor is quite interesting! I've heard it said that 5000btu can be overkill in a 13' egg. Will 3000btu be enough? My egg is about 6x10x6'. The 5000 btu units are often rated for 150+square feet and those are in 10' tall rooms, so would 3000btu be enough for a mere 60ft square x 6' volume?

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Weighs 10 lbs more than a 5000btu window unit, but it should mount easily in the closet, over the axle, with just a few small vents to the outside. And there'll be a lot more closet left usable than if I stuff a window unit in there. If it's $500 may be doable, but if it's much more I'll have to use the lighter, more powerful, larger window unit.

Anyone else have thoughts on this?
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:35 PM   #2
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:36 PM   #3
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I don't see how it would be a bad idea, though It probably will be way more the $500, never know though. As for BTU, it should be plenty.
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This sounds very interesting. A thought though: the cooler housed in the small room next to my old classroom has a cooler with the same designed purpose as this one. It is very loud. You might check and compare the measured sound before you purchase. If you go with it please share. If it works, it would be a great solution.
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In high 80 to 90+ degree heat and humidity my 5000 btu just keeps up, it is not overkill.
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In high 80 to 90+ degree heat and humidity my 5000 btu just keeps up, it is not overkill.
Other have different experiences. Probably differences in shade and humidity have an effect, also one manufacturers 5000btu isn't always the same as another's 5000btu. Also age and condition of the unit will likely have an effect.

"And finally mounted. It was a hot day, the camper was roasting. That 5000 btu has the capability to cool it far below comfort level."

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This sounds very interesting. A thought though: the cooler housed in the small room next to my old classroom has a cooler with the same designed purpose as this one. It is very loud. You might check and compare the measured sound before you purchase. If you go with it please share. If it works, it would be a great solution.
Yeah, that has crossed my mind and will be one of my first questions. I want to get clear on how the thermostat works etc.

Good chance this unit is not suitable, but it's worth looking at. It may be too expensive, and who knows how well it'll cool a hot trailer in direct sun. May be an expensive experiment.
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In high 80 to 90+ degree heat and humidity my 5000 btu just keeps up, it is not overkill.
How is your AC unit installed? Closet? Or outside/window?

I have a feeling a closet install without good airflow may be inefficient/ineffective compared to having most of the unit exposed to fresh air.
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Outside window mount, but good guess. Go ahead and buy an overly expensive 3000 btu unit, just giving my experience, have fun with it. 5000 btu is just that, if that is what it is rated, that is what it is.

Just curious, do you open your door much when camping? You tend to loose some cool air.

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I value your input. Just trying to perhaps stir a technical debate about the descrepancies in people's experiences. I'm assuming there is a technical reason and you folks aren't just making this stuff up! I fully acknowledge this is very possibly an expensive frustration when we know small window units like yours can be very satisfactory. Sorry if I came off rude, that wan't my intention.

Just trying to gauge just how crazy the idea is and I appreciate your reality check. I still want more data on these units.
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Oh, and the door. If I was in and out of the trailer a lot I probably wouldn't have much of an expectation of keeping it cool. It's for resting mostly.

Muggy hot nights are probably my worst nightmare. Can't sleep when sweating!
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Yeah, that has crossed my mind and will be one of my first questions. I want to get clear on how the thermostat works etc.

Good chance this unit is not suitable, but it's worth looking at. It may be too expensive, and who knows how well it'll cool a hot trailer in direct sun. May be an expensive experiment.
Maybe, but I'm not willing to give up a window to the air conditioner unless I'm really forced to.. I like all the light I can get inside my little burro. I'm measuring that closet to see if I can find a portable to fit. It will mean losing what little storage there is and a vent cut which I don't like, but heat and I do not get along. Please post what you find.
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I have enough science experiments going on right now, I went with a standard 5000btu Frigidaire window unit with the remote and digital thermostat.

I'll post pictures as I install it.
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It's a lot more than $500.

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