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Old 06-07-2016, 04:44 AM   #221
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Went to Blumenthal's yesterday to get her fitted for the steel blanks I'm ordering up for her. I'll go back next Monday or so for the final fit and get the skin in two weeks. Can't wait to get the windows out and start with BUILDING!!!!!! MUHAHAHAHA!!!!!! I still have to relocate the coolant lines to below the floorboards first though.......... Dang details........
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Old 06-07-2016, 10:13 AM   #222
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Hey M --- you were right across the road! They have done nearly all of the sheetmetal work on my rig. Good guys and great work so far. And because of that, they do occasionally get swamped with big scale projects.
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Old 06-07-2016, 09:05 PM   #223
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Tang,

I had my son with me, let loose with my air horn to see if you were there, no one came out.......

Will be going over on Monday, I believe. Maybe you'll be there then. I'll call ahead of time then.....
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Old 06-14-2016, 04:56 AM   #224
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Well, yesterday we got our 15K A/C unit for $430! Yes, I noticed in another thread people have knocked the window rattlers. However, we're using this one with a modification to make it a central air unit under the floorboards. But at this point in time I'm fabbing a makeshift mount just so we can have some cool air to work in this summer. Next step is to get new 3/4 inch coolant lines to re-route the plumbing from above floor to below floor for my heaters. The steel blanks from Blumenthal's is running almost $1K, which I expected. Going there Friday for a final measurement and put a deposit on the work.

Here's to trying to keep Heavy on track for a four year (or sooner) build completion!

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Old 06-14-2016, 09:47 AM   #225
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Personally...I'll take a window unit over any rooftop "RV A/C" made. The ones I have owned over the years were crap, expensive to maintain & repair and the shrouds were so UV sensitive that they either came apart or flew off with regularity.

You can buy/replace a high efficiency window unit for less than it costs to pull and service an RV unit.

And when converted to a basement style, even better. Go for it!
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Old 06-14-2016, 09:57 AM   #226
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lots of heat loss when converting a window unit but then i make custom Air units all the time so go for it if you know the thermodynamics and how to get it to work right...

I agree most RV units are Junk!! my neighbor had a camper and I swear every year i had to go work on his Junk dometic rooftop air units....

and of course im sure everyone taking road trips has seen the shrouds laying along side the freeway that have blown off of rooftop units...

to build my own A/C I would sooner start with a PTAC than I would a window shaker... just because most of the mare 2 shaft 2 motor and some are even ductable...

Minisplits are great other than the massive outdoor unit size... hard to basement mount.. the indoor units on those are easy to take apart and modify.. (thats what I built my house A/C based on.. before VRV was even thought of for residential)..

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Old 06-14-2016, 10:14 AM   #227
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lots of heat loss when converting a window unit but then i make custom Air units all the time so go for it if you know the thermodynamics and how to get it to work right...

I agree most RV units are Junk!! my neighbor had a camper and I swear every year i had to go work on his Junk dometic rooftop air units....

and of course im sure everyone taking road trips has seen the shrouds laying along side the freeway that have blown off of rooftop units...

to build my own A/C I would sooner start with a PTAC than I would a window shaker... just because most of the mare 2 shaft 2 motor and some are even ductable...

Minisplits are great other than the massive outdoor unit size... hard to basement mount.. the indoor units on those are easy to take apart and modify.. (thats what I built my house A/C based on.. before VRV was even thought of for residential)..

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Even with the 5 storage bays under my bus, there is an amazing amount of room to mount stuff. Mini split will be my method of cooling.
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Old 06-14-2016, 10:53 AM   #228
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I dont have as much room in a shortie.. between air tanks, air ride suspension pieces.. then on the right side is the exhaust taking up a lot of room... im thinking of height... I just dont have much skirt height.. so stuff hanging down would just look ugly and hanging down if I tried to use a mini split..
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Old 06-14-2016, 05:55 PM   #229
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Ok, here's a few shots of the "little monster" we bought yesterday. It's a 15,100 btu unit from Frigidare. We've researched these units now for over two years. This one seems to have the least problems for the money. The design of the central air unit this thing attaches to will make swapping out this thing easy (in theory). This unit is 100 pounds. Oh, and we put it on our chest freezer that will go into the galley. Space is getting crowded in our apartment at this time. Gotta get building soon..........
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Old 06-14-2016, 06:24 PM   #230
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how do you plan on attaching it to a duct system and maintaining seal between the return and supply as well as the proper airflow CFM across its coils.. those units dont have the capabilities of building up static pressure.. to properly distribute the air you will need a secondary blower (but not too big)...

im interested to see how it comes together... the frigidaire units in general are pretty good units... they typically also can take a bit of tilt angle so running it while driving shouldnt blow the compressor apart like some of the window units will (centrifigal force on a compressor designed to be stationary can destroy it..{ie turning corners.. bouncing over bumps}) but the frigidaires seem to be pretty rugged.. (I used to work for the company years ago and we beat our window shakers up pretty hard in test and expected them to last)..

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