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Old 07-21-2016, 06:29 PM   #1
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My A/C mod

We have a 1982 13' Scamp, and have done okay with the Fantastic Fan in all seasons but summer. Before I get a lecture on how A/C isn't needed, let me just say I live in GA and it is steaming hot here in the summer. Hello 99 degrees! Even during "cooler" days and nights there a gazillion percent humidity and my egg gets swampy.

I bought a 5000 btu ClimateRight from Amazon (free shipping and easier returns). Used some Valterra bayonet flanges, some sewer tubing, and some marine vent covers.

I didn't want any additional unnecessary holes in the fiberglass, so I enlarged the unused water inlet and outlet holes.

I thought it came out clean looking, and it certainly kept us cool!

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Old 07-21-2016, 07:03 PM   #2
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Interesting. We are coming "up" to GA in a few weeks. Actually passing through to SC and back. I am sure we will need and be glad we have A/C.
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Old 07-21-2016, 08:29 PM   #3
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Nice job
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Old 07-21-2016, 10:37 PM   #4
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I bet that system is really quiet with all the noise outside the unit, good job. You need a/c here in the East due to the high humidity.
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Old 07-21-2016, 11:05 PM   #5
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Nice install! You need AC down there and we need heaters up here 😀


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Old 07-22-2016, 07:46 AM   #6
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Interesting idea. Nice work.
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Old 07-22-2016, 11:06 AM   #7
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Wow, I never thought of this. My scamp has an LG brand portable ac that vents out the wheel well. Was included in the sale when I bought it, but sadly you lose a lot of space in the camper.



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Old 07-26-2016, 10:57 PM   #8
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That's a very nice install Courtney. I built a similar concept out of window A/C that had two dryer vent tubes running to the Scamp, but being a window unit it did not cool the camper at all in an exterior configuration.

Temps here in Ohio reach almost 100 during the day with high humidity but luckily at night it is only in the 70's so a fantastic fan or two is not going to cut it no matter how good everyone says they work.

I ended up building a platform for our 6k btu unit and just install it in a rear jalousie window by removing one of the bottom panes. Now if I turn it up on high I can freeze us out even on a 90 degree day.
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Old 07-26-2016, 11:26 PM   #9
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I have to ask a dumb question-- Where is the thermostat???

Overall, I like it!...if it will keep me 68 deg at night . I agree with someone else...no "kettle drum" affect every time the unit kicks on or off with it external. By "kettle drum", everytime my Coleman roof unit A/C kicks on, it reverberates throughout the Scamp. It wakes me almost everytime until I get use to it.

Thanks for posting your mod! I live in humid Tennessee and I'm an A/C LOVER!

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We have a 1982 13' Scamp, and have done okay with the Fantastic Fan in all seasons but summer. Before I get a lecture on how A/C isn't needed, let me just say I live in GA and it is steaming hot here in the summer. Hello 99 degrees! Even during "cooler" days and nights there a gazillion percent humidity and my egg gets swampy.

I bought a 5000 btu ClimateRight from Amazon (free shipping and easier returns). Used some Valterra bayonet flanges, some sewer tubing, and some marine vent covers.

I didn't want any additional unnecessary holes in the fiberglass, so I enlarged the unused water inlet and outlet holes.

I thought it came out clean looking, and it certainly kept us cool!

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Old 07-27-2016, 01:03 AM   #10
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Courtney that is a pretty awesome mod you have there, good job! Our 5000 BTU we mounted under Ryan's bunk has worked pretty good until we went to Lake Hartwell a few weeks ago on a site with no shade...worked fine at night and got chilly but we slept in one morning from a late night drive up and by 11 am the temps inside the Boler elevated high enough that it was uncomfortable to sleep anymore.

The glue holding up our headliner failed due to the 90 degree temps so we took it down until we can find a better suitable glue and also with it came down one section of our 3/4" styrofoam roof insulation so the shell was hot to the touch from the inside on the roof. I called Casita today picking their brain on glues and insulation and they told me they don't use a 5000 BTU since the 90's that they now put 8000 btu units in theirs...but since it seems to cool okay except in full sun 90+ degrees I think ours is an insulation issue...anyway let me know how yours works in full sun I would be interested in how cool it stays inside...

Maybe we will see ya'll again soon
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Old 07-27-2016, 12:50 PM   #11
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Darryl, the thermostat works by remote control on the front of the unit. Kind of stupid, since you can't adjust it from the outside. Might rig up something for that.

The unit is quiet. The fan blows constantly and continuously.

5000 btu is all I see us needing. We rarely sleep past 8 and don't hang out in the camper during the day.


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Too bad it doesnt have one of the remotes that comes with the "digital" type model room A/C's. But once you have it set, you shouldnt have to move it anyway for the most part. So that shouldnt be a deal breaker .

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Darryl, the thermostat works by remote control on the front of the unit. Kind of stupid, since you can't adjust it from the outside. Might rig up something for that.

The unit is quiet. The fan blows constantly and continuously.

5000 btu is all I see us needing. We rarely sleep past 8 and don't hang out in the camper during the day.


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Darryl, the thermostat works by remote control on the front of the unit. Kind of stupid, since you can't adjust it from the outside. Might rig up something for that.

The unit is quiet. The fan blows constantly and continuously.

5000 btu is all I see us needing. We rarely sleep past 8 and don't hang out in the camper during the day.


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How does it work in full sun with no shade?
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Old 07-28-2016, 04:49 PM   #14
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Haven't really tried it. Not needed for us.


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