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Old 05-03-2013, 09:11 PM   #141
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Any thoughts on an A/C unit Lorna?
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:25 AM   #142
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I have been considering one of the portable air conditioners... I like that most of them can be used as a dehumidifier as well.
An 8,000 btu should be good for a full size skoolie. 250 sq ft. I'm just not sure of the power requierments.
They are a little bit on the pricey side compared to the window mounts, but then, I could get away with one 4" hole in the side somewhere to exhaust the heat and a little drain pipe through the floor and that's about it.
That would make for a clean intalation.
This 8,000 btu is about $400 at walmart.
I saw a 14000 btu portable Sylvania AC unit at an Ollies bargain outlet in Raleigh Nc for $329.99 and a 12000 btu for $299 a few days ago!
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:09 AM   #143
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I have had one of those portable air conditioners. I was not impressed with it. Also you have to make a four inch hole in the wall.

Roof ACs are just OK. They use a lot of electricity for the amount of cooling they provide.

Many people have mounted window ACs (inexpensive) in their back windows. You could mount two 5000 BTU ACs in each of your back windows. You could use one or two at a time.

Check out Tygercub's thread.
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:59 AM   #144
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Our last trip we used the ac I put in window 5000btu,our bedroom is 12x8x6 roughly and that keep it a meat locker ,covering windows with curtains helped tons in front of bus.
With passenger windows,covered (afternoon sun) I had door open to bedroom and a boxfan at door it cooled the whole bus down to comfy temps with 5 people sitting around
I do have 1 more of those and a 6500 to install this summer
At the house I have LaTortuga plugged into a 20 amp circuit(with house freezer and a large fridge)also

I can run small ac on high,fridge,a couple lights(flouresant) and my circular saw and drill w/o any problems

I have 2 5000btu units $99 each
1 6500btu unit ebay fluke shipped to my door $65

So for less than 1 roof top I have lots cool-niss

Make sure you have 10/15 feet straight in front of ac so it doesn't recirculate the air and short cycle(very important)

Wow that was long
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Old 05-04-2013, 11:00 AM   #145
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Gotta Agree with Bansil --- "RV A/C's" are way overpriced and under performing. Not to mention the crappy fiberglass covers that are always cracking and coming apart. I went with a little 8,000 BTU unit from WallyWorld. About a hundred-fifty bucks on sale and puts out way more cold air than any 13,500 RV unit I've ever owned. Cheap and easy to replace if necessary. And the way I set mine up there is no possibility of it ever getting snagged on a tree limb or causing leaks.
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Any thoughts on an A/C unit Lorna?
Yes but last time I mentioned it I has taken to task for mentioning it. As for the cooling part of our hydronic system... We haven't gotten to that yet ($$$ or lack there of). So I will stay off that topic because our system is a big experiment. The only thing I will say is that we don't like RV airs and dislike anything on the roof.

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Old 05-05-2013, 12:39 PM   #147
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We took the day yesterday and went out rummaging. We found this 12,000 BTU A/C unit at a garage sale and I picked it up for $75. The unit looks brand new and I purchased it from an older couple that had Central Air installed in their house.



Now I am looking at installing it in Farold. I don't really want to pull out one of the windows in the back to put it in so I am thinking of mounting it above the rear door where we have TravelinWithUs.com painted. I did some measuring and it appears it will fit in there nicely and I don't think it would be too difficult to cut out the hole for it to slide into. Does anyone else have an A/C unit up there? What are your thoughts on the location?

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Old 05-05-2013, 01:15 PM   #148
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My layout is the same. I thought about putting it in the same location but in the front but thought that would look kind of ugly. I am wondering if a simple fan would circulate the air enough to transfer the cool air to the front.
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A good score on that window AC. I think that if you can fit it up there, it would be a good location.

A member (diesel Dan) made some ductwork for his AC. He made it out of wood. The duct could get the cold air to the middle or the front of the bus.

If I were to make a duct, I would glue Formica to the insides.

The problem is that you lose headroom.

I would mount an AC in that place, however, there is no room for one in that place on my bus.

Your best bet would be to use high velocity fans to move the air around.

I have an AC that size. It works great. I mount it in one of my side windows. But, I do not drive my bus much. I take it out for the winter, and of course, for driving.

I have a high velocity fan that does well. In the winter, I use it to circulate the heat. In the summer, I use it to circulate the AC.

This fan really puts out a powerful wind. It also oscillates if you want. I have been using it for over four years. You can feel the fan from the front of the bus to the rear. This particular one may be the srongest one that Lasko makes. They are still available, and they are around $50.




It is model 4924.

Go to the Lasko site for prices.
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the reason I didn't mount mine up high was the "head ache"
I mocked up the inside and outside protrusions with card board boxes( roughly 1/3 inside 2/3 outsides)
we use our back door a lot!
And it was a headknocker for sure, that is the only reason why I dropped it down 2 feet into the backdoor window area

I could not bend correctly to not hit my head on the stupid mockup

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