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Old 05-11-2019, 01:16 PM   #1
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07 Chevy Express Thomas Minotour AC

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I have a 2007 Chevy Express-based Thomas Minotour 5 window bus. I am trying to figure out the AC system. Iíd like to remove the bus AC to make room for tanks. Iím trying to determine whatís involved with doing this. Any help from someone who has done this, or decided not to for some reason, would be most appreciated.

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Old 05-11-2019, 08:54 PM   #2
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Hello,
I have a 2007 Chevy express short bus and it has a rear AC unit. I'm leaving mine in for now as it still works good. What tanks are you making room for?
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Old 05-11-2019, 08:57 PM   #3
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I just got a 5 window, haven’t even gotten it home yet and friends want AC! I said then give me $600 for a mini split. Many say they are the best Skokie AC option. Of course then I need a generator too.
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Old 05-11-2019, 11:32 PM   #4
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I’m going to be adding fresh and grey water tanks somewhere. I’m also going to (tentatively) shoehorn a black tank in on the very back driver’s side. I was thinking that space where the condenser is now would be good for the propane and (maybe) generator.
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Old 05-12-2019, 12:04 AM   #5
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Hi,

I have a 2007 Chevy Express-based Thomas Minotour 5 window bus. I am trying to figure out the AC system. Iíd like to remove the bus AC to make room for tanks. Iím trying to determine whatís involved with doing this. Any help from someone who has done this, or decided not to for some reason, would be most appreciated.

Thanks,

Danjo
Hi all,

So to sort of answer my own question, it depends on the bus. It depends on what the school district ordered. In a nutshell, it can be integrated with the factory ďcabĒ AC, replaced entirely, or run parallel to the factory AC with dual compressors and evaporators.I still havenít figured out which I have. I guess that will come to be known when I replace the turbo. :/


Hereís some good info for Minotour owners. This is the manual that covers Vandalock, AC, interlock and passenger accessory.

http://www.matthewsbuses.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Minotour-Service-Manual-2018.pdf
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Old 05-12-2019, 12:11 AM   #6
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I just got a 5 window, havenít even gotten it home yet and friends want AC! I said then give me $600 for a mini split. Many say they are the best Skokie AC option. Of course then I need a generator too.
Yeah, thereís some good hardware there to repurpose. Seems to me that a little motor could drive an additional compressor that drives the same condenser/evaporator. Just spitballing here.
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Iím going to be adding fresh and grey water tanks somewhere. Iím also going to (tentatively) shoehorn a black tank in on the very back driverís side. I was thinking that space where the condenser is now would be good for the propane and (maybe) generator.
I'm not sure how much different my Collins is different underneath... But I'm mounting a 27 gallon blackwater tank right behind the fan units (condenser I think?) And then mounting a grey water tank right behind the rear axle. My fresh water tank is going inside I believe... It took me awhile to find that large of a tank shaped like it is. But fingers crossed I hope it all works! They aren't mounted yet!!
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