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Old 04-13-2014, 07:53 PM   #1
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Eggcamper Now Has 8000 btu AC!

This weekend, we replaced the Factory installed 5000 btu Frigidaire AC for a GE 8000 btu unit. This model seemed to be closest in size to the 5000 unit but it did involve some cutting to fit it in. We found that the 5000 btu unit was "OK", not "great" for camping in Florida's hot summer. We survived last summer but decided to move forward with this mod before we hit the high temps and humidity. The new unit was <$200....we think it will be worth it!!
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Old 04-13-2014, 08:00 PM   #2
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It will be an improvement for sure.
Snoozy started out with the 5000
but it wasn't enough either. The 8000
can be taxed in over 100 degrees. lol
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Old 04-15-2014, 04:13 PM   #3
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I don't know why Jim Palmer doesn't make an 8000 btu AC standard. In anything approaching direct sun our EggCamper AC just couldn't keep up.
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:17 PM   #4
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T We found that the 5000 btu unit was "OK", not "great" for camping in Florida's hot summer.
What is the reason to camp in FL in summer??? I live in FL and going to camp very close to US-CA border (either side) in summer...
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What is the reason to camp in FL in summer??? I live in FL and going to camp very close to US-CA border (either side) in summer...
The reason to camp in Florida in the summer is because we live and work full time, year-round in South Florida. So weekend get-aways means we try to find camping spots within a three hour drive. We only go beach camping in the summer....bring along our kayak....swim in crystal clear waters ...... we just like the AC to sleep comfortably.
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Makes sense then. I work full time too, 365 days a year, but the only I need for my work is a good Internet connection.
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I was looking at the size of a Fridigaire 8,000 vrs a 10,000 or 12,000. These all have the full remote. Here are the main differences.

5,000 13.5x18.5x15.5 53lb 816w
10,000 14.5x19x21.5 68lb 1020w
12,000 14.4x19x21.5 74lb 1220w

Just how big is the area under the seat where the A/C fits?
I see how the hot air gets out but where does the air get in?

I'd love to see a some construction pictures.
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Old 08-01-2014, 12:57 PM   #9
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What is the reason to camp in FL in summer??? I live in FL and going to camp very close to US-CA border (either side) in summer...
Here in Northern Wisconsin we are enjoying day time temps in the upper 70's to low 80's and night time lows in the 60's . We have had only 2 days in the 90's all Summer . I don't envy anyone living in the South during the Summer , Winter is a different story. We don't have A/C in either one of our homes but we do own multiple snow shovels
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I tried out a 5,000 BTU Frigidaire in my old Scamp 16 and was seriously under whelmed (I live in North Florida). I boxed it up and returned it and bought a 6,000 BTU unit I am happy with. I saw an 8,000 not much physically bigger after I did that but don’t know if it would have fit. We did a week at the beach (St. Joseph State Park) in May and it was fine. It does build up quite a bit of heat in the little box it is mounted in so I added an electric 10” automotive auxiliary radiator cooling fan behind the unit to help it exhaust excess heat. The A/C compartment is noticeably cooler and although I have not been camping in it since the mod it seems to work better in the driveway. We are off to Alabama for six nights next week so I should have a feel for whether the added fan was worth the (little) trouble and expense (about $35 for the fan, wire, switch, and fuse/fuse holder). As to the camping in the summer, I have to go when I can get off work and the kid is out of school!
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Tim, You might not get the chance to test out your A/C here in Alabama next week. We've been having record cool weather here this Summer. A few nights ago, we broke a 125 year old record with an overnight low down to 59 degrees! Even cooler in North Alabama. That's unheard of in July in Alabama! My wife broke out her Winter flannel shirt to walk the dogs!
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I'm enjoying this cooler than usual August here in OK/ARK.

You have to love weather cycles..............
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Tim, You might not get the chance to test out your A/C here in Alabama next week. We've been having record cool weather here this Summer. A few nights ago, we broke a 125 year old record with an overnight low down to 59 degrees! Even cooler in North Alabama. That's unheard of in July in Alabama! My wife broke out her Winter flannel shirt to walk the dogs!
We went out at 7 AM today to cut /split firewood (Winter is coming ) It was 56 Deg F this morning .which is about the perfect temp for cutting wood. A Tee shirt , a pair of shorts and leather gloves was the perfect attire . Two cords later it had warmed up to 74 Deg F and we quit cutting , It was too hot to continue
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I was looking at the size of a Fridigaire 8,000 vrs a 10,000 or 12,000. These all have the full remote. Here are the main differences.

5,000 13.5x18.5x15.5 53lb 816w
10,000 14.5x19x21.5 68lb 1020w
12,000 14.4x19x21.5 74lb 1220w

Just how big is the area under the seat where the A/C fits?
I see how the hot air gets out but where does the air get in?

I'd love to see a some construction pictures.
I cannot imagine anyone needing a 10,000 or 12,000 unit in an Eggcamper. The 5,000 unit was not adequate (for us) during the hot afternoons, beach camping with no shade. The 8,000 unit is fine during the day, but we often have it on "low cool", especially in the evening and early morning.
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