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Youhauler 06-25-2013 04:54 PM

My best add-on: Air conditionned in my U-haul CT-13
 
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I did a lot of cosmetic and useful upgrades this winter to my little camper and just completed the installation of an air conditionned. The installation has been done like the one of George Lauver's camper and this is my most useful mod. Thanks George for sharing your mods...

I don't know if I am alone but these little eggs are becoming quite hot during the hot and humid days. I found it hard to have a good sleep. Maybe it is because we have a central air conditionned at home. Anyway, since the installation on my 6000 BTU window type cooling unit under a seat, I am in love with my egg.

I just wanted to share some pics of my installation:

Thomas G. 06-25-2013 04:59 PM

Very nice job!

Where did you buy the plastic that you used to make the mounting base for the AC unit?

cpaharley2008 06-25-2013 05:15 PM

I have always been a fan of built in a/c along the floor because I do not like the top hat look on the outside. I also like you install in it's ability to seal off winter weather, something Eggcamper and Parkliner does not do.

Youhauler 06-25-2013 05:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Thomas G. (Post 398314)
Very nice job!

Where did you buy the plastic that you used to make the mounting base for the AC unit?

I use to be a real estate agent and had remaining plastic support for the "front house advertising".

Thanks.

Youhauler 06-25-2013 05:19 PM

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Originally Posted by cpaharley2008 (Post 398320)
I have always been a fan of built in a/c along the floor because I do not like the top hat look on the outside. I also like you install in it's ability to seal off winter weather, something Eggcamper and Parkliner does not do.

I was also worried by the additionnal weight of a roof mounted unit. The only problem I found with this bottom install is the fact that the cold air stay in the bottom. I had to make a vertical deflector because the only one on this little Danby unit was for horizontal position.

Darrell in Al 06-25-2013 05:23 PM

Looks great, that should keep it cool if not cold. ;)

rabbit 06-25-2013 06:00 PM

That is one sweet little CT! Good condition and thoughtful modification. Priceless! And now you can hole up and say Aaaahhh all summer long, Dan.

jack

Youhauler 06-25-2013 06:44 PM

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Originally Posted by rabbit (Post 398337)
That is one sweet little CT! Good condition and thoughtful modification. Priceless! And now you can hole up and say Aaaahhh all summer long, Dan.

jack

HOOOOO YES... I will enjoy my little house all around the country. Good summer to you Jack in your Burro.

Otters 06-25-2013 06:48 PM

Great mods--all of them! I really like the bamboo ceiling mod. Enjoy your summer camping.

djtriceflt 06-25-2013 07:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Youhauler (Post 398323)
I was also worried by the additionnal weight of a roof mounted unit. The only problem I found with this bottom install is the fact that the cold air stay in the bottom. I had to make a vertical deflector because the only one on this little Danby unit was for horizontal position.

:aplasDitto Mr. Dan, all nicely done and esp. that a/c!!! As you know, a fantastic or any exhaust fan overhead will move the hot air out and bring that cooler air up! There is no way I could use my CT down here in Florida
,this time of year, without a/c...

Youhauler 06-25-2013 07:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Otters (Post 398353)
Great mods--all of them! I really like the bamboo ceiling mod. Enjoy your summer camping.

Thanks Otters. Here are more pics of this ceiling mod.

jen b 06-25-2013 07:42 PM

Beautiful trailer, great job on the AC, and I love your user-name!

Youhauler 06-25-2013 07:56 PM

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Originally Posted by djtriceflt (Post 398374)
:aplasDitto Mr. Dan, all nicely done and esp. that a/c!!! As you know, a fantastic or any exhaust fan overhead will move the hot air out and bring that cooler air up! There is no way I could use my CT down here in Florida
,this time of year, without a/c...

Thanks for your nice comments. I can understand you. Imagine I live in Quebec, Canada where the weather is a lot colder than Florida and even here I consider an A/C a must have. I agree with you that running the top fan helps to exhaust hot air.

rabbit 06-25-2013 08:02 PM

Dan, I'm assuming the centerline strip (aluminum flat strap maybe?) is screwed to the wood blocks bonded to the glass ceiling at intervals thru the Reflectix. I don't know what stickum you used but I can see the squiggle on the block so guess it's a caulk gun adhesive. The Escondido Burros used plywood blocks adhered with polyester body filler to catch screws thru a thin upholstered Naugahyde centerline panel. The screw heads were covered by white snap-top screw covers to match the white Naugahyde. Did you also use a contact cement between the Reflectix and the bambo?

jack

Youhauler 06-25-2013 08:13 PM

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Originally Posted by rabbit (Post 398399)
Dan, I'm assuming the centerline strip (aluminum flat strap maybe?) is screwed to the wood blocks bonded to the glass ceiling at intervals thru the Reflectix. I don't know what stickum you used but I can see the squiggle on the block so guess it's a caulk gun adhesive. The Escondido Burros used plywood blocks adhered with polyester body filler to catch screws thru a thin upholstered Naugahyde centerline panel. The screw heads were covered by white snap-top screw covers to match the white Naugahyde. Did you also use a contact cement between the Reflectix and the bambo?

jack

I used Lepage PL Premium construction adesive to hold plywood blocks on the roof. Then I installed an anodised aluminium bar moulded to the roof with stainless steel screws in the newly installed wood blocks. This center bar is just there to firmly hold the bamboo in place because on the side, it is only installed in a plastic track.

Dan

rabbit 06-25-2013 08:18 PM

Your ceiling attachment method (channels at sides and a batten w/ mechanical fastening in the middle) warrants attention by those who have had trouble doing this headliner job with spray adhesives alone.

jack

booper52 06-27-2013 06:31 PM

YouHauler
I have got an old Trillium 4500, I have got to A/C the trailer and your mod looks like something I would like to do, I tried a portable unit but the backflow limited it's effectiveness and was told by the Mfg that the 8000 BTU unit was to large for the trailer and that was the reason it did not work. approx. 70sqft
Questions:
I take it the 2 round plugs is for the exhaust if not how did you exhaust to the outside and I assume you did not have a back flow issue.
What is the brand name of the unit and what was the dimension,
I need any help I can get.
Booper

rockead rob 06-27-2013 07:40 PM

Does the A/C require a drain of some sort? If so, how did you address this?

Thomas G. 06-28-2013 06:18 AM

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Originally Posted by rockead rob (Post 398968)
Does the A/C require a drain of some sort? If so, how did you address this?

I think that the black circle in the middle of the AC mounting plate is the drain.

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/a...p;d=1372200789

Youhauler 06-28-2013 07:34 AM

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Originally Posted by booper52 (Post 398957)
YouHauler
I have got an old Trillium 4500, I have got to A/C the trailer and your mod looks like something I would like to do, I tried a portable unit but the backflow limited it's effectiveness and was told by the Mfg that the 8000 BTU unit was to large for the trailer and that was the reason it did not work. approx. 70sqft
Questions:
I take it the 2 round plugs is for the exhaust if not how did you exhaust to the outside and I assume you did not have a back flow issue.
What is the brand name of the unit and what was the dimension,
I need any help I can get.
Booper

Hi booper,

The model I used is Danby DAC 6011E 6000BTU but I guess that any 5000-6000 BTU will work. However, to function properly, you need to install it correctly. There are two separate air path in this unit. The first one is for inside and the second one is for outside. Because the unis is fully enclosed inside the trailer, you must create this outside path artificially with an INLET and OUTLET access hole. I gave you a picture showing what I mean. Also, you need a wall to isolate the air path under the seat. I also sent you a picture of this wall.

Hope this answer your questions.

Dan


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