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Old 05-13-2015, 04:04 PM   #1
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AC in Compact ???

Just wondering if any one has installed a air conditioner in any of the compact hunter trailers...

I am really looking at getting one but not sure I could survive or sleep with out AC.
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Old 05-13-2015, 05:41 PM   #2
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Here is the A/C as installed in a Hunter trailer which we did a couple years ago...
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Old 05-13-2015, 06:37 PM   #3
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Depending on which Hunter your are looking at, a Jr, Compact I or Compact II, substantially different wall spaces may or may not be available for sticking an a/c through.


What I have seen on at least two Hunters, are where the a/c was placed on the floor between the dinette seats and though the front wall over the tongue. This can require some reworking of seats, but is doable.


Personally, I don't care for AC's sticking out of the side of an RV, but that's just me I suppose.
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I had thought about installing an AC in the back wall over the sink. Like the Snoozy.
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Depending on which Hunter your are looking at, a Jr, Compact I or Compact II, substantially different wall spaces may or may not be available for sticking an a/c through.


What I have seen on at least two Hunters, are where the a/c was placed on the floor between the dinette seats and though the front wall over the tongue. This can require some reworking of seats, but is doable.


Personally, I don't care for AC's sticking out of the side of an RV, but that's just me I suppose.
the problem with going out the front over the tongue is that you must put a stone guard on the A/C and remember to remove it before use. Also A/C at floor level means cold feet-hot head.
The one pictured sticks out the side about 4.5", hardly obtrusive.
Any installation on a Hunter would be a compromise.

The good news is.... The pop-up on a Hunter gives amazing convection ventilation, so an A/C is less necessary than on some other trailers.
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I had thought about installing an AC in the back wall over the sink. Like the Snoozy.
Another viable alternative,but I found the A/C was most conveniently located for operation, cooling and leaving the most usable counter space where I placed it.
Another would be like the early Scamp 13s placed it under the side bench at floor level with a floor exhaust and a wall intake like a fridge.
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We installed two ceiling fans (one for each sleeper) in our Compact 2. Its the natural cooling process: drink water - perspire - cool the skin with the fan. Works well for us, and the 2 small solar panels.
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I like the idea of mounting it where the refreg vents.

Floyd what is that you used to beef up the wall on the outside...
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I' not sure of what you are referring to, but you don't want to run the hot air venting from an A/C anywhere near the back of a refrigerator. That area has to stay as cool as possible.
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I like the idea of mounting it where the refreg vents.

Floyd what is that you used to beef up the wall on the outside...
If you are referring to post # 6 .... the vents shown were factory installed to draw cool air in for the A/C only. The condenser actually vented through floor with the help of a booster squirrel cage fan.
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We installed two ceiling fans (one for each sleeper) in our Compact 2. Its the natural cooling process: drink water - perspire - cool the skin with the fan. Works well for us, and the 2 small solar panels.

Now that's a good idea. My current arrangement is that I have a rectangular window fan (household type) which contains two fan blades. If desired, one fan can spin to pull air in and one to pull air out. I simply made a "picture hanger" string for it and put some hooks over one of the window openings. Then I hang it up and plug the cord into my 110 outlet when needed. I take it down and put it in the bench when not needed or travelling. It gets up quite a draft if you open the opposite window.

But in the hot hot hot, I would rather have air conditioning!!! Also, I have seen hot dust storms, and this wouldn't work then at all -- would get dust all over the inside of the trailer. In one case, the best solution was a Motel 6, and we were tired enough of the unexpectedly extended trip (due to illness & car trouble) that we were REALLY glad to be inside that night!

If somewhere where there is no 110 - I did get a smallish 12 volt fan from an RV place in Sacramento and I clip it to my fold-down counter. Really a relief to have if one doesn't have AC!
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Depending on which Hunter your are looking at, a Jr, Compact I or Compact II, substantially different wall spaces may or may not be available for sticking an a/c through.


What I have seen on at least two Hunters, are where the a/c was placed on the floor between the dinette seats and though the front wall over the tongue. This can require some reworking of seats, but is doable.


Personally, I don't care for AC's sticking out of the side of an RV, but that's just me I suppose.
All the AC units I've seen in Compact Jr.s (an admittedly small sample) were in place of the front window.
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