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Old 02-16-2009, 12:03 PM   #1
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Anyone know where to buy a new window a/c unit small enough to fit in the back window but not be to big and heavy.
Have hunted but found nothing small enough. Thanks
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Old 02-16-2009, 07:05 PM   #2
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Have hunted but found nothing small enough.

I think the smallest window air conditioners are [b]5000 BTU's. I have not seen any smaller than that; but there are TWO ways for the manufacturer to make the window frame mount. Most place the window frame mount close to the front of the unit, which makes the back stick all of the way outside. Fewer manufacturers balance the window frame mount so that the air conditioner cantilevers equally inside and outside, placing less stress on the window frame and the wall it is mounted in. I bought a GoldStar 5000 btu at Home Depot several years ago just because it is balanced in the window.

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I made mine removable (It does not ride in the window when the trailer is moving.) But, it could easily be permanently mounted in the window frame as well.
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Old 02-16-2009, 09:28 PM   #3
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We have Frigidaire model FAX050S7A 5000 BTU unit we bought at Home Depot last spring. Its 16" wide and balances nicely on a platform I fabbed based on Frederick's design (Thanks Frederick! )
Unfortunately, I just did a search on that model and got nothing.

AJ Madison has a GE model ASQ05LL that might work at 16 3/4" wide. You might be able to find one locally you can measure to make sure.

(by the way we have a Scamp....)
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Old 02-17-2009, 06:37 AM   #4
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Thanks so much for the replies-will check them out.
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Old 02-17-2009, 07:09 AM   #5
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I bought a 5500 BTU Daewoo at Costco last summer that is 17.5" wide, 12.5" tall, and 15" deep. They're not in stock now but I'm sure with spring coming they will return.

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Old 02-17-2009, 11:24 AM   #6
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We have Frigidaire model FAX050S7A 5000 BTU unit we bought at Home Depot last spring. Its 16" wide and balances nicely on a platform I fabbed based on Frederick's design....(by the way we have a Scamp....)
Where did you mount yours in the Scamp?

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Old 02-17-2009, 01:16 PM   #7
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Where did you mount yours in the Scamp?

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When we set it up, it goes in the open rear window. When traveling, the unit is in the TV.
I made fillers out of 3/4" maple to fill in the remaining spaces in the window frame top and bottom.
I'll post pictures when I get home.
I've actually only set it up once, but it worked great. It hasn't been warm enough on the rest of our trips so far.
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When we set it up, it goes in the open rear window. When traveling, the unit is in the TV.
Ah, okay, then your Scamp must be one with an operable rear window. Thanks for getting back with the info.

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Old 02-18-2009, 04:41 PM   #9
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One of the Yahoo Scampers mounts his in half of the crank-out side window on his Scamp 13'-- Takes him about five minutes to remove window parts and install a/c which he carries in his truck in warm weather -- He has made a similar mount in the sliding window of his 5W.
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:16 PM   #10
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One of the Yahoo Scampers mounts his in half of the crank-out side window on his Scamp 13'...
I'm trying to visualize that. Do they make really wide, flat AC units? I guess I'm assuming you mean this type of window I'd like to know more about that, if you have more info.


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Old 02-18-2009, 10:35 PM   #11
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We bought a 5000 btu Samsung at Lowes last fall at the off-season discounts. Replaced the previous permanent side window mount with a much improved setup. In Arizona, you can't fool with taking them in and out, cause we use the AC about seven months camping...
It's a great location for the AC in the 13, and an easy mod to mount it there. Whole install, including AC unit was less then $100.


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Old 02-19-2009, 09:46 AM   #12
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I wish I had pictures -- They were posted to a web site that was discontinued -- It was done with an El Cheapo a/c from Wally, with an extension to make it wide enough -- If one couldn't find an a/c to fit the half-window, it wouldn't be much more work to take both halves out.

Point is, it doesn't have to be an elaborate job because it doesn't have to handle the stresses of going down the road or tearing out the frame in a minor crash -- Just some plywood filler and a stick to the ground to deal with gravity.
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I wish I had pictures -- They were posted to a web site that was discontinued -- It was done with an El Cheapo a/c from Wally, with an extension to make it wide enough -- If one couldn't find an a/c to fit the half-window, it wouldn't be much more work to take both halves out.
Pete,

I take your point on having a unit that you take out for transport; sounds kind of like when you remove the outboard motor from a small boat for trailering.

What I was curious about was how the AC unit could fit in "half" of one of the jalousie units (pictured in my last post above). I'm still not sure I can visualize that part.

Greg, I could see where your mount would work well for a "permanent" AC. So far I'm not where I would need that so I was curious about the one that Pete had seen fit into the jalousie.

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Here's Buddy's write-up about the crank window a/c (and the link to photos is still a dead end) -- Others have done it, following his advice (Don't lose the screws!):

"As stated several times, it is a 5 minute job to install it. There are two Phillips head screws on each end of the bottom window. When they are removed, the window lifts off. The top window stays in place and when cranked out comes out to the edge of the little 5k Fedders and protects from rain etc. A single six inch by 1/2 inch board the width of the window is held on the top flange of the A/C unit with a single screw. The A/C unit leans against the board and no other support is used to hold it in place. Two strips of foam rubber is stuffed in the edges and the unit is plugged in at the receptacle on the end of the sink cabinet. BTW, this is the installation shown in Scamp's original brochure and it is so simple and works just super today. Please note that crank out windows are shown."

And here's his write-up on the slider window installation:

"Here is a quick and easy way to have A/C in the rear sliding windows.

On my 1992 S19 Deluxe, I had no air so here is how I set a 5000 BTU unit in the rear sliding window: Took less than an hour.

The window is set to open about 15 inches and 17.5 inches are needed. There is a stop in the upper left hand corner of the window that is held in with a single phillips head screw. Remove that.

Then get your Dermal tool and several cut off discs (they brake easily). Go outside and cut about 1/4 to 1/2 inch off the top of the center flange that touches the top rounded window frame and keeps it from opening all the way. Be careful to not cut the class as you go.

I now have 17.5" window opening. The A/C is 17.5 inches wide and still won't go in the window, so I removed the A/c case and it fits fine. It's a 99$ A/C unit so modifying the case gives me no heart burn.

Now I open the window set the A/C in the window, plug it in turn it on and one more cool Scamp. Remove A/C unit, set it in the floor, close the window and I'm ready to go. Even easier than the crank out windows.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

I'll take some pics.

Buddy"
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