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Old 11-18-2014, 01:44 PM   #15
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First of all, check out the UHaulCamper group on Facebook. Most of the UHaul owners are now using that site almost exclusively for maintenance and repair questions. You can request membership and get a pretty quick response from the group moderators (my wife is one!).

Regarding the CT13, I don't believe that any of them came with the swamp cooler. That was typically found on the larger unit, the 16' VT. If it was there, it may have been added later. In any case, it is very doubtful that any added support was put in place.

The smallest ACs are really too heavy for the roof of the CT without additional support. The support might be a pole from the inside kitchen counter to the roof or some type of weight distribution bracing across the inner ceiling. Otherwise, you run a big risk of having the roof sag. You may also need to put in an additional circuit and breaker for the electrical load.

Other CT owners have put AC units through the back window and under the front seat. The front seat option is more aesthetically pleasing but either would work. The rear window option will require some support from the rear bumper to the AC unit to help hold it up. Some owners put it in the window permanently and others install and remove the unit with every trip. You can find lots of help with this issue on the UHaulCamper page!

Best of luck! If you can get this great little camper for a reasonable price, you can work out the AC problem. Have fun UHaulin'!
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Old 11-18-2014, 02:37 PM   #16
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Kevin is correct about the issue of putting AC on the roof of a CT in that it requires some significant modification. That being said , I have seen at least a dozen pictures of the modification and have personally inspected how it was done on one. The roof needs to be stiffened between the inner walls to transfer the weight to both "shells" it also took advantage of the solar panel for additional support. An additional electrical circuit is also necessary in any option. If you are going to "farm" it out it will likely cost several thousand $ to go on the roof. The mod I would explore is a vented one. Hate cutting a hole in the shell or hanging one out the back window but that is just me. When you get on the Facebook site search for the A/C threads to see what was done. I do have pictures of a roof mount if you would like to see them.


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Old 11-18-2014, 02:49 PM   #17
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Basically Swamp Coolers only work when the humidity is well below 50%. So if you camp in areas of low humidity/high temps it may help. But, remember, all of the water that goes into the swamp cooler will eventually get dumped into your trailer as higher humidity air. It's basically a desery use item.
The list of satisfied RV Swamp cooler users is a very thin book.
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Old 11-18-2014, 04:44 PM   #18
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Ours had the swamp cooler but was missing the pump and tank that were originally under the right front storage compartment. I replaced it with a fantastic fan and eventually gave away the swamp cooler. It wasn't very heavy, nowhere near the weight of an A/C unit but it was big. There are instructions in the Uhaul repair manual about installing a swamp cooler so they may have been added sometime after the campers were built. There were old screw holes in the roof that were obviously from an original vent of some kind prior to the swamp cooler. I wouldn't recommend a rooftop A/C being installed.
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Old 11-22-2014, 08:23 AM   #19
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Thank you all for great input. I've learned a lot about uhauls and a/cs.

We were going to buy the one we found in spite of no a/c, but waited til the weekend because it was out of town.

Rookie mistake, I guess...someone bought it yesterday. Still searching (sadly).

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Old 11-22-2014, 10:16 AM   #20
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Yep, Basic Rule #1


We bought a Scamp less than 3 hours after the ad appeared and a Lil'Bigfoot less than 6 hours after it was listed. In both cases they had a waiting line of buyers.


If it's still available three days after being listed it's either overpriced, has condition or title problems, or is geographically disadvantaged.


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"You Snooze, You Looze"
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Yep, if you snooze you lose with these critters.


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Thank you all for great input. I've learned a lot about uhauls and a/cs.

We were going to buy the one we found in spite of no a/c, but waited til the weekend because it was out of town.

Rookie mistake, I guess...someone bought it yesterday. Still searching (sadly).

Carleen

Don't give up, your trailer is out there. Even the pro's have been beat out by even 'earlier birds' on trailer purchases. This just gives you more time to do homework and education on these little fiberglass eggs.
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Things happen for a reason. Don't get heartburn because you missed this one. Your trailer is out there waiting for you.
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