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Old 03-09-2011, 01:42 PM   #1
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I am wondering how others have permanently installed a window AC unit. How do you secure the unit so it will not move while trailering? Can it be secured without using fasteners through the fiberglass?

Does anyone have pictures of how they have installed one?

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Old 03-09-2011, 01:45 PM   #2
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I am wondering how others have permanently installed a window AC unit. How do you secure the unit so it will not move while trailering? Can it be secured without using fasteners through the fiberglass?

Does anyone have pictures of how they have installed one?

Thanks,
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Lots of threads on this topic. Most notably by Frederick Simson, he tried several different "fixes and documented them well.

Search his posts for AC and do a general search for window air conditioners.

Best of luck - lots of posts and info out there.
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Old 03-10-2011, 08:30 AM   #3
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Here's a place to start your reading: My Easily Removeable Window Air Conditioner
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Here's a place to start your reading: My Easily Removeable Window Air Conditioner
Steve - DOH I just made the connection with your other posts - you have a Fiber Stream!! The thread from Frederick is a must - his AC installation is in his Fiber Stream!!! Our Stream has a roof mounted Coleman.

Thanks Donna!! I don't have your skill and knowledge in finding and linking old posts.
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Thanks for the link! My searches were resulting in several thousand posts.

Hi Tom, Yes I am doing a few things with the Fiber Stream to get ready when tax season ends. I hope we can get together soon to look at our trailers. I have not done much to mine but would like to see your improvements up close.

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I used the Google site search and typed: window conditioner Frederick

it came up as the top post.
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There is a guy on You-tube that put a window ac in the closet of a Boler, You might want to check that out.
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I am wondering how others have permanently installed a window AC unit. How do you secure the unit so it will not move while trailering? Can it be secured without using fasteners through the fiberglass?

Does anyone have pictures of how they have installed one?

Thanks,
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Initially when I was removing my air conditioner to travel, and installing it in the front window while parked, I didn't actually fasten it to the window frame. I have since permanently installed it in the driver's side window. The only modification to my original install was adding one sheet metal screw to the top of the vertical aluminum angle frames thru to the aluminum window frame; and thoroughly caulking all of the pieces as they are assembled..

I can install my unit in any of the 3 windows in the front room. The kitchen window is 4" narrower and the air conditioner won't fit there.

Remember, the key is to get a unit that is balanced equally between inside and outside. Otherwise, there will be too much stress on the window frame... and any toll booth operator you approach...
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anyone have a link for the bloer closet Ac unit??, thinking of doing thus as well!!!!
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Here's my install.
I'm adding air conditioning to my Scamp.
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Bryan, Thanks for the pictures. Nice job I'm sure it works well.

We also have a 1991 Scamp that came with a window mounting air conditioner. We are considering mounting it in the same closet. It is a 5000 BTU unit that draws less than 5 amps.

Originally my concept was to cut out the floor and mount it standing up so it's hot coils would be hanging out below the trailer. The cooling coils would than be inside the closet and ducted to the front.

The concept would have allowed the hot portion and it's cooling air to be totally drawn and exhausted to the outside air. As well water drainage would not be an issue. During travel it would be protected by a snap on box.

It turned out that the floor of the closet is big enough but the area you can cut out is not by a few inches due to the width of the steel frame.

Now I'm thinking of a solution similar to yours where I virtually divide the box into three volumes. However I do not want to cut thru the side of the trailer.

The AC unit would stick out the front of the cabinet a few inches like yours.

The remainder of the unit would be blocked in construction foam to create a second volume from the front of the cabinets to the back side of the side vents of the air conditioner. The vents' air will be sourced from the cut out bottom of the trailer's closet and provided by a 12 volt muffin fan.

The third volume will be 'hot coil area". This volume will be from the rear of the side vents to the rear of the trailer. This volume will also have a muffin fan to push the hot exhaust out.

Volume two and three will be seperated below the trailer to prevent exhaust and input air mixture.

Water would be drained via a tube.

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Norm FYI,

The compressor on a AC has oil in the bottom of it for lubrication just like a 4 cycle lawn mower engine, so it has to be set horizontal not vertical.

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Bryan, Thanks for the pictures. Nice job I'm sure it works well.

We also have a 1991 Scamp that came with a window mounting air conditioner. We are considering mounting it in the same closet. It is a 5000 BTU unit that draws less than 5 amps.

Originally my concept was to cut out the floor and mount it standing up so it's hot coils would be hanging out below the trailer. The cooling coils would than be inside the closet and ducted to the front.

The concept would have allowed the hot portion and it's cooling air to be totally drawn and exhausted to the outside air. As well water drainage would not be an issue. During travel it would be protected by a snap on box.

It turned out that the floor of the closet is big enough but the area you can cut out is not by a few inches due to the width of the steel frame.

Now I'm thinking of a solution similar to yours where I virtually divide the box into three volumes. However I do not want to cut thru the side of the trailer.

The AC unit would stick out the front of the cabinet a few inches like yours.

The remainder of the unit would be blocked in construction foam to create a second volume from the front of the cabinets to the back side of the side vents of the air conditioner. The vents' air will be sourced from the cut out bottom of the trailer's closet and provided by a 12 volt muffin fan.

The third volume will be 'hot coil area". This volume will be from the rear of the side vents to the rear of the trailer. This volume will also have a muffin fan to push the hot exhaust out.

Volume two and three will be seperated below the trailer to prevent exhaust and input air mixture.

Water would be drained via a tube.

Norm
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Bill,

Thanks Bill. I wondered about running vertically and ran one here standing up for about 1/2 hour.

Thanks again,

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