WalMart sells Haier AC units. Are they OK for campers? - Fiberglass RV


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Old 04-01-2008, 08:46 PM   #1
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I was surfing WalMarts online site and noticed they offer 110v ac units from 5200 to 10000 btu for very reasonable prices. Their sq ft guide says a 5200 btu will cool up to 150 sq ft. My Lovebug is approx 10ft by 6 ft so thats 60 sq ft, right? I understand the campers sit mostly in the sun and are poorly insulated(mine has no insulation). I am considering an 8000 btu unit for a closet install, what do you all think??
Thanks for all the replies on my other questions! I really appreciate your advice.
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Old 04-01-2008, 09:00 PM   #2
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We use a 5000 btu Samsung in the 13 Scamp, it is fine. We've found we need a small fan on one end of the trailer just to circulate the air well on really hot days, but that seems to keep it evenly cool.
I've heard very good things about the Haiers...
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Don't know about the sizes but we bought the smallest one we could find (Walmart was out, so we got it at KMart.) and put it in our 13' Burro. Worked great. We put it through the back wall and disguised it with a cutup cooler that fit around the outside of the little air conditioner while we were driving. Hubby built a platform for it that was supported by the bumper and held the cooler with bungie cords. Some guy at Yellowstone asked for a beer from our cooler . Course we took it off when it ran. There are pix somewhere on this site.

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Old 04-01-2008, 10:37 PM   #4
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My experience tells me that a 5000 Btu for a 13' and a 8000 Btu for a 16' or 17' would be adequate. Our well-insulated 17-footer is adequately cooled by a 5200 Btu but the cooldown is very slow.
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Old 04-01-2008, 10:44 PM   #5
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We have a 5000 BTU Haier that we put through the back wall (where the spare tire used to go) and it works well unless the weather is really hot. We camped a couple of times last year in 95-100 degrees & high humidity and it was a little too much for the AC to handle. But it works well in temps under that.
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Old 04-02-2008, 05:46 AM   #6
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I have a 5,200 BTU unit. I was in Mexico last year and it was not enough for temperature 100F and above. Check your available space and install a 8,000 BTU unit if possible. I installed mine 2 years ago in the cupboard next to the entrance door and the cupboard was not large enough for any available 8,000 BTU unit on the market.

It nevertheless cuts a lot on humidity even then and is quite adequate for "normal" temperature let's say in the 80-90 range.
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Old 04-02-2008, 09:11 AM   #7
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I installed a small unit (5000 btu) in the front window (like in a house with a plexi to close the opening). When I dont need it, I just let it under the table...



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The 5000 BTU unit was very efficient.
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I have a 16' Casita and since I only use it in Texas I knew I would need some serious cooling. I replaced the original Emerson quiet cool(it barely cooled) with a 10KBTU remote controlled Whirlpool and I can keep the temp in the back of the trailer a frosty 58(thermometer verified) when running full blast in the summer heat. I might add that I completely insulated my Casita with the foil "bubble pack" insulation that is sold at home depot or Lowes and bought new foam backed carpet from the Casita factory and reinstalled that in the trailer. I also cut the foil insulation to fit the windows in the trailer and dark tinted the windows. I highly recommend doing this as it greatly reduces the amount of heat radiating through the windows. Granted, I can't see out, but I figure that the only time I'm in it I'm sleeping, otherwise I'm outside anyways. Plus I like it cold and dark, its like being in a fiberglass cave.......

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I installed a small unit (5000 btu) in the front window (like in a house with a plexi to close the opening). When I dont need it, I just let it under the table...
I do the same thing.
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Old 05-23-2008, 01:03 AM   #10
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do a Google search for AC's. I suspect the 8000 btu unit will be too large. If you got to big it can have a reverse effect, its best to stick with the sizing they reccommend. I am going through a similar issue for my house with central air and window units, there are several sites that explain the sizing and that bigger is not better.
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Old 05-23-2008, 07:39 AM   #11
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Last year I bought new air conditioners for the house bedrooms and they where Frigidaire Brand.... and while they cooled very good they where very noisy (even on low) and i could not sleep. I took them back and purchased the Haier Brand and they are much quieter and also they cool very well.
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I tried putting a 12000 btu unit in the window of a very small room and it kept freezing up..... took it out and put it in a larger room and it was fine at that point.
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Old 05-23-2008, 11:53 AM   #12
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Scamp used 5000 BTU units in 13' Scamps when they installed window units in the closets. I donno how big the roof units are.
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I am considering an 8000 btu unit for a closet install, what do you all think??
I seen an ad for a 7000BTU Nanamax A on sale locally for $299 CDN this morning. It is ducted to the outside and I think one could fit it's innards very nicely into the closet or under the kitchen cabinet.

It is one of those portable units 12”W x 15”D x 30”H
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We have had discussions about these portable units before, probably pre-hack, but the skinny is: there should be an intake AND an exhaust vent, both to the outside (two different paths) for such units to be effective. If you analyze what happens with just an exhaust vent you will see that they are trying to pull the wool over your eyes.
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