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Old 06-24-2015, 08:27 PM   #11
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most people would have said you damaged it upon install
Nice thing about Iowa. It's easy to find people, and most still have morals. Plus, I picked it up where he lived, I don't take no for an answer. He apologized, saying he replaced the unit with a exhaust fan, taking the other guys word that it worked. Do I believe that, no. I had bad feeling from beginning and should have followed my gut.
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Old 06-25-2015, 01:44 PM   #12
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Personally I really loathe the look of a window AC unit. It just looks plain ugly. I'd just take the time to install a rooftop unit even if it means spending weeks on Craigslist or Ebay finding the right one.

For people that have installed rooftop ACs, do you repurpose the emergency hatches or cut your own holes?
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Old 06-25-2015, 01:46 PM   #13
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If I end up running one, I'd use the hole from a roof escape. Of course, they're different sizes, but at least its not adding a new hole.
That said, I'm installing three pop up roof vents, so cutting new holes isn't really a problem to me...
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Old 06-25-2015, 01:51 PM   #14
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Most of the buses at my company have two emergency hatches. I'd probably use them both for AC units and then cut a new hole for a roof vent, probably in the bathroom somewhere. I've noticed a lot of stickbuilt RVs usually have a roof vent right above the shower.
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Old 06-25-2015, 01:55 PM   #15
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YEah I have 3 "Fantastic" vents. One is three speeds reversible fan, one is a 3 speed exhaust only fan, and one is just a static, non fan vent. Will probably put the exhaust only fan in the restroom. I got them new in box for about 50 apiece.
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Old 06-25-2015, 01:57 PM   #16
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Personally I really loathe the look of a window AC unit. It just looks plain ugly. I'd just take the time to install a rooftop unit even if it means spending weeks on Craigslist or Ebay finding the right one.

For people that have installed rooftop ACs, do you repurpose the emergency hatches or cut your own holes?
I really dislike the window AC too. I plan on installing a rooftop unit. I have a vent fan toward the rear of my bus. I don't have an escape hatch. I'm thinking I'll cut the hole where that vent fan is and install it there. I might try to relocate the vent fan in order to repurpose it as a fart filter in the bathroom.
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Old 06-25-2015, 10:47 PM   #17
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Personally I really loathe the look of a window AC unit. It just looks plain ugly. I'd just take the time to install a rooftop unit even if it means spending weeks on Craigslist or Ebay finding the right one.

For people that have installed rooftop ACs, do you repurpose the emergency hatches or cut your own holes?
One of the best things I've done to date is get rid of those water leaking escape hatches! I had two also. Made one cover for a powered vent, the other for a AC unit. The nice thing is that they are both 14" holes. So you can just add a vent for now, then later on swap it for rooftop AC.

Here is the removed rear escape hatch
20150417_165717 by Hvbuzz, on Flickr

The front AC was also an escape hatch
20150417_165735 by Hvbuzz, on Flickr

6" of rain last night, the bus is completely dry inside. Before, very little rain would find its way in through those hatches.
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Old 06-25-2015, 11:01 PM   #18
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slight threadjack, but it's providing another option

I really liked this idea from another build thread.....
I would rather see the unit intrude into the living space, rather than a bump sticking out of the wall

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Or...you can roof mount a window unit...in an armored can...




My 8K btu window unit fits inside there and (eventually) a roof deck will sit flush with it.
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Or...you can roof mount a window unit...in an armored can...




My 8K btu window unit fits inside there and (eventually) a roof deck will sit flush with it.
That looks really cool in a Mad Max sort of way.
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