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Old 09-20-2013, 04:17 PM   #1
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Anybody use a potable A/C instead of a roof mount? I am considering one as it would only use about 600-1000 watts, well within the capability of a Honda 2000 watt gen set. Given the square footage of a 17 foot Casita, it should generate plenty of cold air, and I can route the exhaust hose out a window. I can still use the roof mount A/C when on shore power at a camp site. I think I could store it in the bathroom while traveling.
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Old 09-20-2013, 04:25 PM   #2
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There are several threads on this subject.

One example is
Venting portable AC into RV

Here's a string of 'em.....


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Old 09-20-2013, 07:02 PM   #3
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Bottom line is they don't work very well with just a single hose. They draw in hot air through cracks and crevices to replace what is blown out the hose..
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Old 09-20-2013, 07:40 PM   #4
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DD uses that type ac at home in 2 different rooms. She likes them better that central air or window units.She has used hers in her tent and has good luck with it,They both only have one hose

WE have not tried one in the camper so can't help you much.Except what I said above.I will add that she has used her oldest one for 3 years now and it works Great in her house or tent.It does not have a drip pan cause it dries the water as it pulls it from the room.Her new one that she just got this summer has a drip pan that she has to empty several times a night.She is always complaining because she didn't get the same style as her older one( one that doesn't drip) So my Best and only advise I can give you is be sure you get one that does not drip into a pan you have to empty.
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Old 09-21-2013, 07:32 AM   #5
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There are smaller roof a/c's in the 2800 BTU range that can be powered by the Honda 2000. Buying one of those and recovering some of the cost by selling the exising unit should come out to about the same outlay, and you won't have to deal with the portable unit that has to have a place to be 24/7.
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Old 09-21-2013, 07:35 AM   #6
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That portable A/C looks really big to me.. looking at it in relation to the picture and wall table. What are the dimensions? These trailers have limited floor space, I can't imagine something big blocking the aisleway or a hose that blocks the bathroom or exterior door. YMMV
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I'd do one or the other but not both. Why not get the 11k or 9k roof top unit, they should operate with a 2000 watt generator.
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Old 09-21-2013, 10:05 AM   #8
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I use the Polar Cub 9200 BTU in my 17 foot Bigfoot that can run on the Honda 2000. In steady 100 degree weather it keeps things down to 70 degrees no problem.

Personally if I were you I'd look at swapping out what you have on the roof now rather than add weight to carry around.

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