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Old 10-12-2018, 12:30 PM   #1
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Keep or ditch?

What do yíall think about keeping heaters or air conditioners? Whatís the perks of keeping em or ditching em. I have to at least temporarily take some of the heater out to rip floor up and perhaps the air conditioners to do the ceiling ... my buddy took all his out but a/c donít sound too bad and back up heat donít sound too bad either . I will eventually be putting in small wood stove as main heat source when I need it . Thanks yall
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Old 10-12-2018, 12:38 PM   #2
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What do yíall think about keeping heaters or air conditioners? Whatís the perks of keeping em or ditching em. I have to at least temporarily take some of the heater out to rip floor up and perhaps the air conditioners to do the ceiling ... my buddy took all his out but a/c donít sound too bad and back up heat donít sound too bad either . I will eventually be putting in small wood stove as main heat source when I need it . Thanks yall
Any form of climate control can be pretty handy.
Could always reinstall it after you're done with any work you do.
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Old 10-12-2018, 12:55 PM   #3
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You don't mention where you live so how would us mere mortals know what your heating and air/con requirements would be? Geesh, wasting peoples time man.


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Old 10-12-2018, 01:45 PM   #4
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If the wood stove will defrost/defog your windshield while you are driving then I would consider deleting the front heater. Otherwise I would keep it.

If you will never be driving in 90F degree weather then you may consider deleting the road a/c.

I deleted the road a/c in my first bus. Then I drove I-40 through the Southwest in July...... I nearly broke my leg kicking myself in the butt for taking the road a/c out.

I had two roof a/c's (12,500btu) run by a diesel generator. They were not nearly enough to keep me comfortable while driving in hot weather.

The great thing about skoolies is that we get to Taylor them to suit our own individual wants, like and need. Like Burger King, you get it your way.

For me, the factory heater at the driver position and road a/c are well worth keeping.
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Old 10-12-2018, 02:08 PM   #5
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I totally kept my rear heater and glad I did!
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Old 10-12-2018, 04:16 PM   #6
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If you ditch the roof AC units I may want them, depending on the make and model...
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Old 10-12-2018, 06:39 PM   #7
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and I plan on driving with 7 to 10 people on hot 105 f (40C) days, and a few winter days, at or below freezing. I am installing a dash mount a/c, heater system for the driver, front windows, and shotgun passenger. I will have at least one, or two heaters in the rear, and a ceiling mount a/c in the rear for the passengers. The ac system should total about 30k to 35k btu and run from one compressor and about 50" (1.3m) of condenser mounted at the skirt. Only the heaters will work without the engine running. The number of btu needed come from charts of companies that install a/c in buses, and are figured on a ten person load at 105f (40c) Takes about 30 minutes to cool a bus at 125f (52C) to 78f (26C) with ten on board an 105f (40C) according to charts.

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