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Old 01-18-2012, 02:15 PM   #291
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Hey Dan,
Any problems with moisture build up using ducts? I would like to use that idea... How tall is it from the floor to ceiling? (at the duct)
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:45 PM   #292
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Hey Dan,
Any problems with moisture build up using ducts? I would like to use that idea... How tall is it from the floor to ceiling? (at the duct)
I haven't used the AC since the duct went up other than brief testing to check the air flow, so I really can't report on moisture issues. The ceiling is 78" high off the metal floor (high-top Thomas body), but my flooring takes up about 1" of space (1/4" insulation + 1/2" plywood + 1/8" vinyl flooring) so the ceiling ends up being 77" high and the duct hangs down 2", giving me 75" clearance. I am 76" tall, so I still have to hunch a little to get under it. I figured I needed 2" of air space inside the duct, though I'm still considering taking the additional 1" off so I can walk under there without hunching. Anyone have any thoughts about that? The duct is about 6" wide.
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Old 01-18-2012, 11:23 PM   #293
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As they age, a lot of men get shorter...
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Before you just cut the duct down maybe you could put some cardboard or some other block in it to simulate having the smaller duct. That way you can see if there is any difference in airflow.
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Old 01-19-2012, 03:14 AM   #295
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Wouldn't you get same air mass with a 12" duct at 1" tall (cu. in. would be same?) ... I am no hvac expert though (could cause too much resistance)...

Thanks for the height info... guess being 68" isn't so bad. Mine is a 76 1/4" (BlueBird Tall?) with wood floor still in. the duct system would definitely be more efficient, maybe even adding a damper at exhausts for adjustments? ... anyway, good idea.
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Lorna: I've probably got another 15-20 years to go before I start shrinking, though I'd love to be a few inches shorter than I am!

Thommassey: I thought about making it wider, but the curve of the roof would mean that it would have to be scalloped at the ends, and it would intrude even further towards the sides of the bus in the very area where I would be standing the most (the kitchen). Plus, the intake vents on the sides would be even smaller which might impair the functioning of the AC. Had I thought of all this ahead of time I might have considered a different floorplan, but oh well...

The only other option I have thought of is to recess the vent into the ceiling, but I would have to cut through one of the roof ribs to get the vent into the bunk room. I still haven't ruled that out, and in fact the more I think about it, the more I like that idea.

Okay, now all you structural integrity fanatics can come and clobber me over the head!
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Old 01-19-2012, 11:23 AM   #297
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One duct cut in one roof rib wont make much difference. maybe if its a two feet wide, and you are walking on that exact spot on top of your bus, then a big dent might magically appear. After all, these are just truck with a bus body on them, and way overbuilt.
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How about running your duct on top of the roof (outside of the bus) and dropping a vent (hole) thru the roof. I dislike putting junk on the roof or popping unneeded holes. No ribs to cut. You apparently already have a huge carbuncle up there (roof top AC unit). just a thought.
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Lorna that's an interesting idea, and certainly viable, but I'd have to put two additional holes in my roof for the two vents, plus raise the AC up several inches to allow the vent to run underneath, and... yeah, I don't think I'm up for all that. Cutting the one 14" hole for the AC and mounting it was traumatic enough!
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...Cutting the one 14" hole for the AC and mounting it was traumatic enough!
I wasn't real happy when David popped a hole in the roof for the black tank vent. We are putting the A/C unit under the floor a sot hat it will use the ducts the heater will use. Looks like we will be turning a rooftop unit into a "basement" unit. It's the biggest A/C that I can get that still runs on 110V
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