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Old 06-15-2015, 10:32 PM   #21
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just for your information, my 35 foot bluebird wanderlodge left the factory with 3 20,000 btu AC units, not sure how much insulation it has but more than a school bus, the walls are twice as thick

I was thinking a 24K BTU unit and 2 inside wall units for my 28 foot bus, not sure if it would be enough though
Big RV's often come with 2 or 3 13.5-15k units and they do ok.
I think my bus with a 12k split and a backup 5k in the rear will do fine. Can always add more, though.
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Old 06-16-2015, 10:23 AM   #22
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The homework I did on "portables" found nothing but disappointment with users. Output was not remotely comparable to similarly sized units of any other type.

The mini-splits are great, but only if you score the right brand/model. A few are fantastic, most are trash. There again, the more real world info you can gather, the better.
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Old 06-16-2015, 10:35 AM   #23
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What "portables"?
The little swamp cooler things are useless here.
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Old 06-16-2015, 12:11 PM   #24
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Well, I guess we'll find out. I just ordered two 12000 with 15 SEER rating. Toshiba compressors
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Old 06-16-2015, 12:13 PM   #25
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NICE!

Looking forward to seeing how this goes.
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Old 06-16-2015, 04:21 PM   #26
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Well, I guess we'll find out. I just ordered two 12000 with 15 SEER rating. Toshiba compressors
I've been looking at a couple of these units on ebay. I talked to my AC guy yesterday while he was here, and he had nothing but good things to say about them.

I can't wait to see how yours work.
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:30 AM   #27
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Well, I guess we'll find out. I just ordered two 12000 with 15 SEER rating. Toshiba compressors
I can't wait to this as well, I like the ideal of the split a/c, keep us posted with pictures.
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Old 06-18-2015, 09:57 AM   #28
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I have a mini split Ac in our bus it's a 24000 btu with heat. It works perfect my problem is that it physically to big and interferes with my design , so I'm building my own
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Old 06-18-2015, 11:32 AM   #29
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I have a mini split Ac in our bus it's a 24000 btu with heat. It works perfect my problem is that it physically to big and interferes with my design , so I'm building my own
So you are running 240 VAC off grid? Or are you running one of the super expensive 48VDC models? Didn't know they made one anywhere near that big.
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Old 06-18-2015, 02:00 PM   #30
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We have a 10,000 BTU window AC in the rear of the bus. Stock insulation, reflectix window covers, and a wall behind the driver's seat. The wall is peg board and has two open 19x19 window holes in it. 32 ft bus. Still yellow. The window unit by itself currently cools the bus to 85 in 100 degree heat in the sun. I expect once we put the other two walls in and paint the roof white we'll have much better results. Down to 75 degrees is reasonable for us. We'll only really care about cooling the back two rooms, but if we needed the whole bus cold I think a small window AC mounted in the front would do it. Your bus is considerably larger, though.

Do these split units draw a lot more power than window units? For the price difference I can't see spending the extra money.
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