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Old 09-05-2012, 11:10 AM   #281
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Hey Tango and '49, you are both welcome to relax in my rust removal tank made from an old spa tub--you'll both look like kids again---I know it works for me! Jack
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:08 PM   #282
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You may be onto something there Jack. A day spa for tool grinders, bus builders and other highly magnetized working folk. Gives a whole new spin to "getting my nails done".
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:48 PM   #283
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:44 PM   #284
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Just picked up my new Frigidaire 6000 BTU house A/C unit at WallyWorld. The new "EnergyStar" units really are a lot more efficient these days. Though rated for twice my living area, the amp pull is less than half what a Coleman 13.5 would be ...less than half the weight...and $169 bucks vs $899 (on sale at PPL). Seemed like a no brainer, especially given the lousy track record the Colemans have mustered over the years. I know, I know...some people love'em, but I've known too many RV'ers who've had nothing but trouble and had to live with a big hole in their roof while waiting on service or parts. These puppies can be replaced for less than what most RV shops charge just to pull a Mach unit.

Next comes cutting a slot in the rear and building a box to put it in. It will be very much along the lines of what Jack is building out as a raised section with minimal intrusion into the overhead. And the actual A/C opening will be horizontal and enclosed...not up through the top. Time to make a few more sparks fly. Yee-haw!

Onward!
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Old 09-05-2012, 06:54 PM   #285
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What you and Jack are doing is truly inspiring. Your AC plan has given me an idea for my rig.
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:19 PM   #286
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I'm still trying to find someone that has used one of them rolling ones with the vent tube you stick out the window. I'm not too keen on cutting holes in mine.
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:24 PM   #287
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my younger sister has one of the rolling ones with the tubes in her apartment....
it is not very efficient..
a $99 window unit from lowes puts out much more cool air than that one...
just saying....
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:50 PM   #288
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Yeah, I looked at the "portables" too and they are pretty lame as far as output. Plus they take up a fair amount of floorspace and the hose really needs to be disconnected and the window shut when you are on the road. The way I'm boxing mine in, the upper, outside surface of the A/C box will also serve as the rear portion of the roof deck. And...I just checked how this unit works with my little 3K Honda generator. Since it only pulls about 5.4 amps, the generator never even got out of "Economy Mode" (low idle). Sweet. That was while it was putting out 64 degree air in my hundred degree warehouse. With a little insulation, I think it should do the job nicely. Very quiet too.
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Tango, I think your A/C idea will work out just fine. I thought about doing the same kind of thing but then stumbled over a good deal on a free standing heat pump. It is the same size as most of the free standing room A/C units but also heats. The label says it draws 11 amps and puts out 13,000btu heat and cool. Like your unit, it does not take my Yamaha 3K genny off of low speed. I'll vent the unit through the floor near the rear of the bus and also provide a vent up by the drivers seat. That will allow me some flexability as to where I need the most heat or cool. The two big draw backs are that it takes floor space and since it rolls it will have to be strapped down when I move the bus--I plan to do this with the ratchet and strap system used to hold a car on a tow dolly.

It'l be fun to compare notes on all this as we go along. Jack
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Ok dude, pictures when the time comes. I would have to put one in the front and rear of mine.
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