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Old 01-17-2019, 09:19 PM   #57
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Unfortunately, out of the box, the unit threw an "AS" fault code (ambient air sensor fail") Pulled the cowling & determined the sensor had become disconnected from the main panel (see the blue tape - "CJ" location) easy fix, pass the info on.....
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Old 01-17-2019, 09:27 PM   #58
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The unit is a Frigidaire FFRE05331.... Not 100% on where to duct it in & out, but thinking to the left & the right of the fridge, up through the floor....
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Old 01-20-2019, 03:29 PM   #59
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AC Unit Insulation

Added an aluminum flashing backer plate 1" behind the evaporator exhaust foam plenum (which is only 3/8" thick in some locations) & filled the void with foam. Also foamed the bare copper returns on the sides of the evaporator. Hoping the additional insulation will make the unit a bit more efficient & allow us to run it on low which is much quieter than high. All those aluminum scrap braces will be removed after the foam hardens.
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Old 01-20-2019, 04:33 PM   #60
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My last travel trailer had a Frigidaire 5000 BTU window unit in it, from the factory. I would call that AC was anything but quiet! So I'm puzzled by your description of it as "very quiet." Do you own a decibel meter?

Do you feel that the unit will be able to disperse its heat buildup properly if you add extra foam inside for sound deadening?

I'm planning to get a Forest Air mini-split AC later this spring.
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Old 01-20-2019, 06:39 PM   #61
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Mike I agree with you that ANY AC unit mounted to the shell of a 13' Scamp would be "noisy" at any speed. No where to hide from it except outside. On low the unit I just received the other day has fairly quiet fan sound, and I had to put my ear up close to the compressor as wasn't sure it had kicked, though still would not want it in the cabin space - is why we'll locate it on the ground outside & duct it in..... Did consider a split system but this tiny Trailer couldn't handle a permanent mount + all were oversized for our needs. Am looking in to ducting tonight - would like a quick connect like our septic lines but would rather have 4" vs 3" for better air flow - if the flow gets choked, the evaporator ices up - just another risk when you start hacking & tweaking things.....
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Old 01-21-2019, 04:12 PM   #62
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I measured the decibel output on low & high at 3' from the unit without the metal casing on - low is almost twice as quiet. Also found in testing a component vibrating on the circuit board in sympathetic resonance with the compressor that added almost 10 db to the sound.... I'll glue it down to shut it up.
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Old 01-21-2019, 04:41 PM   #63
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A couple pics of the trimmed foam. Have decided to use 4" flexible pvc dust extraction hose (used in woodworking shops) to duct the unit to the trailer. Fairly flexible & smoother bore than some others available. I'll shroud the outside w/ insulation too.
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Old 01-21-2019, 05:25 PM   #64
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BTW - if anyone wants to know what it takes to keep a Scamp 13 @ 65° when it's 0° outside..... - Jackie & I slept out in it last night in the driveway (we're near Cape Cod, & the whole northeast dropped over 40° in a few hrs) a small 5000 btu ceramic heater on hi pulled it off with no insulation on the windows + both sides cracked a bit - unless ice counts as insulation...... Stepped out around 10 & 11 &12 to check out the Blood Wolf Eclipse of the moon - pretty cool...
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Old 01-25-2019, 07:17 PM   #65
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AC Ducting

Christmas in January! The Amazon Santa came today with all the parts to duct the AC unit in to the Scamp ... Hard to tell from the pic, but the 4" hose has a nice smooth bore (corrugations are on the outside).,. Btw, a heads up to anyone in the Northeast - check out Gerry's Spring Fling this coming May - was a great time last year - don't miss it! Dave
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Old 01-29-2019, 07:55 PM   #66
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Last piece of the puzzle came today - a couple yards of Camo 1000D polyester urethane coated fabric. I'll wrap/ insulate the duct hoses with that old marine rat fur in the pic, then stitch up a sleeve out of the poly to cover all....
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Old 01-29-2019, 08:04 PM   #67
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Polar Vortex!

Just got this text pic forecast from the camping Buddies we met at Lake Itaska State Park when we picked up our Scamp in Minnesota.... That's some Bone Chillin Cold goin on up there!!!
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Old 04-03-2019, 05:04 PM   #68
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Scamp AC

Finally got a break in the schedule to work on the AC unit - intailed a bit of head scratching, but here you go; The box to separate the cold & makeup air is done, insulated, & ready for paint, couple tweaks left to do, but will post when I get to them....
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Old 04-03-2019, 05:06 PM   #69
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Oops

I'll figure out this phone/ pic orientation one of these days....
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Old 04-03-2019, 05:44 PM   #70
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After cutting it to size was able to use the stock intake filter.... Now off to the table saw to cut the divider between the intake & exhaust... BTW - a reminder to anyone in the Northeast > Gerry's Spring Fling @ Mt Chocoura is coming up in a month - Reserve Now, don't miss out!!
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