Originally Posted by dylanear
I have a question? What kind of door/hatch is that on the closet (outside)? I'm hoping to put AC in the closet of my 13", but want it to shut up water tight when not in use.
the hatch door cover in the picture wasn't ever permanently installed because one of the rivets that holds the closet shell in place is partially in the way. (not enough to use it as an anchor point, but too much so that it's in the way.)
an old owner (not the one we bought it from) did have an A/C there, but cut the hole bigger that it seems most of the stock size doors/vents are. I would suggest getting an idea of the size vent space you need, finding an actual vent or door BEFORE cutting a hole. i don't think the person that cut it open had any idea what they were going to use
the person we bought the trailer from tried a few different things (that access hatch, a larger vent like the one above the belly band there, etc) but didn't find a permanent solution, so right now it's just a piece of sheet metal with folded edges taped to the outside over the hole.
we're still deciding whether to just fiberglass the hole up or not. we have the air conditioner that was there, which would be nice to have, but we're in the same situation as you with the smaller tow vehicle and we want to keep the weight
of the trailer down. I think we'll probably wait till after a proper camping trip with the fans he posted about earlier to see how bearable the heat is to make a final decision on that.
Okay. Ollie actually just went and took some pictures of it, and the situation isn't even as good as I thought it was. I thought the thing was an actual hinged hatch, but it's not. it's possibly the frame from a hatch, but the cover piece isn't attached to it in any way, nor does it have a hinge portion.
(that's the rivet that gets in the way when the frame is in the proper position. i was thinking maybe the frame could be notched around it or something, but now knowing that it's not a proper hatch it's not even worth thinking about in our case)
has a couple vent hatches for refrigerators that might be about the right size (Scamp Trailers - Vents and Lids
) but I think for the sake of a smoother appearance and general water-tightness issues, I'd want one without the vents and i'd just prop it open when the A/C was in use.. and put a piece of screen on the inside of the hole to keep the bugs out. Will have to look elsewhere for one of those, though.