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Old 01-05-2017, 06:04 PM   #1
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Roof Air Conditioner, can it be done??

Hello

I am determined to place air conditioning in my 1977 14' Surfside.

As a DIY project a low profile Domitec (125 lbs.) air conditioner seems to be the best solution?

I would really appreciate any advise, examples of success's or disasters.

Also, any information on small portable AC and DIY Swamp Cooler would be appreciated.

Thank you for your help.

Bill
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Old 01-07-2017, 12:44 PM   #2
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Hello

I am determined to place air conditioning in my 1977 14' Surfside.

As a DIY project a low profile Domitec (125 lbs.) air conditioner seems to be the best solution?

I would really appreciate any advise, examples of success's or disasters.

Also, any information on small portable AC and DIY Swamp Cooler would be appreciated.

Thank you for your help.

Bill
In the Casita's there are metal supports in the ceiling side to side to support the weight. If there aren't any supports I think it would break out with all the movement of the trailer.
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In the Casita's there are metal supports in the ceiling side to side to support the weight. If there aren't any supports I think it would break out with all the movement of the trailer.
35 years ago+ Scamp13s used two small oak "rafters" to support the roof when adding A/C aftermarket . They worked well and are simple enough to fashion and install if needed.
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Old 01-09-2017, 12:50 PM   #4
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As Floyd has posted putting in low profile rafters would be important as would lining them up with inside cabinets and or supports to carry the load down to the floor. Allot more work than just cutting a hole and plopping the air conditioner on the roof. You would also look into the relationship of the weight over the axle and how you will get power up to the air conditioner unit. This single task gets into the whole trailer package. Interior, exterior, structural, electrical (existing and new)

Remember when you mold in your structural support for the air conditioner that you prop up the roof and correct any sagging that may have creeped in over time or sagging by added weight so you don't have low puddle spots around the air conditioner just waiting to leak.
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