Originally Posted by EastCoastCB
The outdoor unit is around the size of a suitcase. I can think of several ways to fit it on a bus. I've seen em installed on little travel trailers, even.
They are a lot more efficient than rooftops, and MUCH quieter.
Yes they are. but size of a suitcase?? I have 3 of these heating and cooling my house.. modified so I could duct them into the Basement central blower system.. so I still maintain my gas heat and floor registers.. yeah irts pretty elaborate.. but YES these units are extremely quiet and MUCH more efficient than rooftops..
the install on this video is nice on the hitch and all..
I just dont know about their longevity in a mobile environment.. I repair these things on the side.. asd I know how to repair / rebuild the circuits in them.. so ive had them in pieces.. many of them..
the pipes are made out of VERY THIN copper tubes and aluminum fins.. unlike automotive units these have NO FLEX vibration eliminators so all vibrations are passed through to the internal workings..
dont get me wrong I love these units.. Ive had my 3 installed at home since 2009 and run them in both cool and heat.. but ive already replaced the compressor mounts in my 2 smallest ones (12,000 BTU each). .as the rubber mounts detiorated making them noisy and allowing a lot of flex to the hard-piped copper tubing..
if your bus does more camping than it does travelling then I think they are a great fit.. however I wouldnt run them a whole bunch while driving.. you also cannot turn them on an angle or sideways at all if you are trying to basement mount them other than fully upright...
your best bet would be to back-porch mount them using a wall bracket (they make wall brackets with proper clearances for these).. they need plenty of airflow..
they do run nicely on a generator as ive run mine that way before.. they will also run well on a GOOD inverter.. a cheap inverter messes up the VFD that drives the compressor... they toss error codes and shut off..
I have a couple of them in pieces that i use for software DEV at home if anyone wants to see what they look like on the inside...