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Old 05-28-2012, 05:25 PM   #15
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The closet above the wheel was my definite first choice. Then it got delivered and I found that if you have the full size bed, no AC can be put in the closet on these little 13 footers. If you have the small bed however, I would recommend highly that you install it there.
I didn't realize there were multiple bed sizes in the 13'ers. My closet is about 20" across, the bed is about 44" wide. Do I have the full sized bed/small closet?

I know the window AC will be a tight fit and will require a lot of custom ducting and draining to work in the closet.

I am curious if I could take the guts out of the metal case and engineer my own frame for it and custom air flow, perhaps even save a few pounds.
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Old 05-28-2012, 05:35 PM   #16
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Pretty pricey at $1782.00 at this place: http://www.enclosurehub.com/productcart/pc/viewPrd.asp?
The Honda Fit uses the same engine that is used in Formula F racing, and on the outboard engine, I also am using on in my airplane, look at it here: MyKitLog
I have a Tekonsha prodigy brake unit, the "tow package" was a tongue in cheek comment, nothing except brakes and a trailer hitch.
In reality, I will probably tow it more with a Kia Optima, little more hp and weight.

user=DonFromTX&project=1903idproduct=8270
That first link doesn't work for me? Does that enclosure shop sell hitches?

I know that Honda makes great engines and they have made everything from F1 motors to outboards. I have a 90 Civic Si and I love to rev that thing, it pulls well for a 22 year old car! But the Fit engine is still only rated about 110 hp and 110 ft/lbs, and that seemed a bit meager. I have about 200hp in my Miata and while that's more than I'll use towing, it's nice know the power is the there and the turbo ensures that power is still there even at 7000ft+.

But if you're making it work, that's fantastic. Good to know it can be done.
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Old 05-28-2012, 05:39 PM   #17
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I put a window mount a/c under the closet of my 82 Scamp.Not permanent...only as a test.It fit like a glove.All I would have to do is cut an opening for a vent,and figure out a way to get the condensation out (a drip tube running out behind the wheel well)But since I'm up in the Northwoods,I figured ,how often will I need this,and how often when I do will I have electric hookup?Plus...putting it on the passenger side puts it on what's called the low side of the highway
Yep, fitting it in the closet is not the hard part. Getting enough flow in the right places for efficient, quiet cooling is. Not to mention reliable draining, so you don't end up with mold and/or a rotted floor.
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Old 05-28-2012, 05:45 PM   #18
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Mark Z, a member here, did a top-notch closet install of a small AC unit - you might be able to find a thread about it.
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:32 PM   #19
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I didn't realize there were multiple bed sizes in the 13'ers. My closet is about 20" across, the bed is about 44" wide. Do I have the full sized bed/small closet?

I know the window AC will be a tight fit and will require a lot of custom ducting and draining to work in the closet.

I am curious if I could take the guts out of the metal case and engineer my own frame for it and custom air flow, perhaps even save a few pounds.
the Scamp standard has a 44" wide bed.
The Custom Deluxe (wood interior) can be ordered with a 54" wide bed and almost always is.
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:46 PM   #20
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This A/C worked great for us on this 1973 LoveBug 13. The higher you mount them the better they work.

Also here is another mount on the "Shelly" Scamp which did well too, these are among several approaches we have made...
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:10 PM   #21
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Mark Z, a member here, did a top-notch closet install of a small AC unit - you might be able to find a thread about it.
Thanks Jen. Take a look under bolerific in youtube. The AC does work well but one does need a ceiling fan to circulate the air for peak performance. I would not otherwise change a thing.
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Got the AC mounted and working, it is plenty for the Scamp for sure. The wife had curtains made to fit, looking pretty good now. There is more front to rear springing than I want, a 1 by 4 piece of Oak about 6 feet long, curved to fit on on the inside, will stiffen it up and serve as a night stand shelf as well.
Had a carpet cleaning company come and steam clean the rat fur, carpets, and seating. Looks like new now.
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:24 AM   #23
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I have the 16ft casita and PO put the unit in the rear center window. He used aluminum plate to make it fit in center of opening. It cools our trailer down real cold sitting at lake here in KS. Temp outside 96 degrees inside whatever wife wants. To cold for me. LOL. Tows just fine at 65 MPH no sway or bounce.
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I'd be afraid that unit will tear that window out going down the highway, plexiglass, particularly older stuff becomes brittle as it ages. Hopefully i won't see it on the highway. The installs in the walls seem to be more secure than in a plastic window. I've driven on highways where you get that up and down roads where everything inside has been rearranged. That type of stress at 50-60 mph may loosen that whole assembly in the rear where it is more pronounced than in the front of the trailer.
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