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Old 06-17-2006, 09:05 AM   #15
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Wow Frederick,

You've given me something to consider. I've never been at a location with sufficient amperage for me to try and operate my AC. If it proves to be a dud, I doubt I'll replace it in the conventional way. This looks like a feasible alternative.
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One little bit of operational warning... I did not consider a circumstance of operation when I 1st went to remove the air conditioner after using it.

Removal is done in reverse order of installation. I have to tip the air conditioner INTO the trailer to disengage it from the window channel. After operation, the bottom of the unit has collected water that it has dehumidified from the air, and tipping the unit INTO the trailer will pour this water in your lap.

I now use a towel to hold the air conditioner as I tip it INTO the trailer, and soak up the 6 ounces of water that drains out, before I lift it out of the window chanel.
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How much does the window unit weigh, Frederick? I have a similarly sized Haier unit. It weighs 40 pounds which I'm wondering about. It seems a bit heavy for the window to me. Problem is, I haven't found a unit that is lighter
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Excellent pictorial tutorial

I did something like that last fall, well almost, I got started then it snowed, and the next thing it's now, but axles and frame are on the top of the list now.

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How much does the window unit weigh, Frederick? I have a similarly sized Haier unit. It weighs 40 pounds which I'm wondering about. It seems a bit heavy for the window to me. Problem is, I haven't found a unit that is lighter
I guess that no more than 40 pounds might be about right. It weighs about the same as the Microwave oven, and that I actually weighed; it is 29 pounds. I'll have to weigh it when I go to work tomorrow.
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Old 07-02-2007, 07:53 AM   #20
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Fred,

Now you know why I put a drain hole (with a plug) in mine. Although my A/C is a permanent mount, draining all the water does keep it from splashing in during travel.

If I recall, you have a drain on yours, it's just not on the bottom. Try cranking your trailer down in the front before you remove it. The remaining water should empty out.
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Old 08-05-2007, 07:48 PM   #21
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Has anyone tried to simply put a 5000 BTU LG or similar unit on a collapsible stand outside, behind the trailer and just duct in the cold air thru about a 6" flex duct into a round hole under the dinette area? ....possibly leaving a vent window open a bit so air circulates....thus a smaller hole with a cover could work....I would think that some of these new units, being priced under a $100 and possibly being fairly light would be worth a try.....the only nuissance would adjusting the temp..... ...Benny
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Has anyone tried to simply put a 5000 BTU LG or similar unit on a collapsible stand outside,
See CD Smith's and Tom Trostel's posts in this link: Front (or rear) window AC?, it will lead to pics and further discussion.
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Thanks, Donna. That helped me too.

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Update:

This summer (July 2009) we will be traveling across the mid-west after attending the Oregon Gathering. After spending time with Robert's brother and sister-in-law in Portland, we will go from there to Denver, and then across Kansas to St. Louis, MO.

Much of this leg of the trip will be to make time; we leave Portland Monday morning, July 20 and hope to arrive in St. Louis by Friday afternoon, July 25. If we average 450 miles per day, we will make it on schedule. But the thought of the time and effort involved in removing the AC each morning and re-installing it each evening just so we can get a comfortable night's sleep tires me out even now. I want to be able to leave the Air Conditioner in the window and leave the Bed configured as a bed.

After some study of my design, I just drilled one hole in the top of each piece of angle-aluminum and a corresponding hole in the inside lip of the window frame. Then I tapped (Threaded) the holes for the screws I used to fasten the angle mounts to the window frame. A couple of strips of Duct tape to seal window gaps temporarily finish the job.

The rock guard does not close completely over the Air Conditioner, so I have removed it and saved the parts. The Air Conditioner sits too low on the window frame to fit within the bulge of the unique Fiber Stream rock guard. I tested it this past weekend on my trip home from Palm Springs to San Diego, and it rides in the window just fine. I may have to consider rain while driving during the July trip and possibly caulk the edges around the unit, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

For now, I just wanted to allow the unit to stay in the window while traveling but still keep the easily removable aspect of the design.
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Old 05-25-2009, 01:21 PM   #25
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I think you know this already but you will want that AC unit when you are here!
The end of July in STL does not make for comfortable sleeping without the AC(understatement!).
I also have a portable you are welcome to use should some odd fate befall you on the journey.
And of course you are welcome to use my facilities if they can help at all.

Do you know what site you are in yet?
I am going to the park this week and I thought I would do Recon for you?

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Do you know what site you are in yet?
I am going to the park this week and I thought [b]I would do Recon for you?
We have reservations in Babler State Park Campground for site #11.

I understand that there is electric service at the site, but no "city water" connection; so while I can run the Air Conditioner, TV/VCR, and Microwave, I must fill the fresh water tank and use my water pump.

The website states:
Site Type = Electric
Includes parking pad, grill, table, lantern post, and electric supply
Maximum Amps = 50
Site has 20, 30, and 50 amp service


The Air Conditioner worked well for us this past weekend at Palm Springs. While I don't think we'll need it in Oregon, I know we'll need it pretty much continuously after leaving Denver. I'm studying my installation to see if I can raise it to be more centered vertically. If I can achieve that, then I believe the unique Fiber Stream rock guard will close over it while it is mounted in the window.
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Old 05-25-2009, 11:50 PM   #27
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Here's a link to photos of the window install I did (posted here some time ago).

http://www.hustonfamily.com/gallery2/main....2_itemId=168650

The basic idea is one board attached to the AC unit via angle iron... cut to fit into the outside window channel (although my design of window, which seems somewhat rare on the Scamp is probably more conducive to this working well)... a second board fitting inside the inside window channel... and both boards attached together via carriage bolts... it fits very snug and I've logged many miles with it installed... although if need be I can quickly pull it out, loosening no tool knobs.

I personally think window installation is the only way to go... I haven't seen a closet installation which cools nearly as well.
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What is up with the 4:20 label on the black TV looking stand in your first pic? Should I dare to ask?
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