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Old 06-11-2012, 10:50 AM   #361
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Here you can see one of the screens installed. There were two screens there, but now, I have a window air conditioner installed in one of the window openings.



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Old 06-11-2012, 10:55 AM   #362
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OK, here is my opinion. Roof air conditioners are NOT the best option. Yes, they are convenient and don't stick out the side of the bus. HOWEVER, they do not work all that well.

I realize this now after using the window unit that is rated at 10,000 BTU. The roof airs that I have are 13,000 BTU. I must say that the window unit keeps the bus MUCH cooler.
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It was surprisingly easy to remove the bus window. There are four screws and four oblong washers that hold the windows in. I unscrewed the washers and then pulled forward on the top of the window frame. I just had to cut the caulking at the bottom of the window frame.

Bingo bango, it then just came out of the opening.

Here are pics of the window frame.






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The cool thing is that, once the window frame was removed, there was a flange that I could put the window AC unit against. I put some wood on top of the window unit.



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NOW, let's look at a table/lamp combo that I got to get some more light into the bus at night. It was $40. It conveniently fit in the area next to the couch.





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Just a few artistic pics of the table. In the evenings, the sun shines in through the driver's rear view mirror and illuminates the table.







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So Rudy, how much does the AC obstruct your view through your side-view mirror? Are you able to drive like that, or will you remove it before traveling? The lamp and knick-knacks under the table are a nice homey touch, but I assume those would also need to be secured before you drive off?
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Dan, it is funny to think of driving with the air conditioner sticking out of that window. I have not looked yet, but I bet I can't see much out of the passenger mirror.

So, yes I would remove the AC if I was to travel with the bus.

Most of the stuff inside my bus is in "drive mode". A few things get bungeed in. The new table would need to be secured somehow. You'd be surprised just how effective a few well placed L-brackets can be.

I can just imagine smacking a telephone pole with that AC sticking out the side window. It is at least 18 inches deep.
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What I don't like about roof mounted AC's on a school bus, is that with the rounded roof the AC really, really sticks out, or up.
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Great job on the bus man. i have a question for who ever sees this but which a/c would best to use window or roof mount? Accordion i know you said it was better for you with the window unit but both of your roof unit had some age on them right? im just curious i want the best bang for the buck.
If you are traveling with your bus, You would be apt to mount a window air conditioner in the rear of the bus.

The one I have in my window is 10,000 BTU. The roof airs are 13,000 BTU. I find that the window air conditioner cools better that those roof mounts. The roof airs were old, but were still functioning. Price wise, there is no comparison. A 10,000 BTU window unit can be found for around 200 dollars. A new roof air can be as high as well over 500 dollars.

There are posts on this forum that show the window AC mounted above the back door as well as where the back windows once were.

I have my AC in the front room. I have a high velocity tower fan to move the air towards the rear of the bus. It is still way warmer in the back of the bus, but the front room is OK.
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