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Old 04-03-2018, 04:46 PM   #1
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lowest profile and energy efficient A/C

What would be a good replacement for our older(12" high) polar cub a/c as far as as a lowest profile with lowest amp draw in an a/c. Is the Penquin model a good one? I dont believe we need a high btu unit that draws alot of energy as the scamp isnt a very big interior. What low profile(say 8" or less high) model do you use?
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Old 04-03-2018, 05:58 PM   #2
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I have the older model Coleman Mach8 that was the loud one but has been quiet with the hush kit from OMW. I installed the soft start kit that allows it to be started on my small quiet generator in eco mode without a strain at all. It also does not thud when cycling on anymore - just slowly ramps up to speed. It is 8 inches tall. Lots of people will say this is a bad unit. I like it due to the small size and now it is quiet inside and out.
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Old 04-04-2018, 02:46 PM   #3
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You have the roof mounted model and are happy with it. We have a 16' Scamp with the bunk beds. We've owned it for 4 yrs now and have pulled it many thousands of miles now, mostly during Michigan winters. The weather has always been cool enough out west and south that we never needed AC. This past winter we encountered 90s in southern FL and also at Big Bend in TX. The wife was not happy and AC will be installed this summer. I could reinforce the roof and go with the roof units but I'm leaning toward a 5,000 BTU Frigidaire unit. It costs $129.00 at Lowes, weighs 41 lbs and draws 4 amps at 115v. Its 16" x 15" x 12" high. I'm thinking to put it under my hanging locker on the door side of the trailer. I can mount a 15" x 22 " Norcold door on the outside. Hoping to mount it on a slide so I could slide it out with an open vent door for operation and slide it in when not needed. The idea of running it on my 1,000 watt generator is appealing.
I am interested in any that have done something similar. Love to hear what works.
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5000 btu works best when the camper is parked in the shade.
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:19 PM   #5
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I had a 16' Casita with the front under closet AC. I replaced it with a 5000 btu EER 11 from Home Depot. 4.3 amps. It ran on my Honda EU1000 generator, would blink the overload light 2 seconds when compressor cycled on.

Used it for 10 years. Was much quieter than the overhead AC's. On a >95^ day it needed to be in the shade.

Made a "tent fly" blue tarp with 4" styrofoam blocks glued underneath held in place with bungee cords. With 100^ outside temp could hold 75^ inside and the compressor still cycled.
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