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Old 06-21-2022, 11:26 AM   #21
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I've been looking into those same A/C units for my build. Any more thoughts that you would be willing to share on them? Ease of use, power consumption, anything you wish you knew before purchase?

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Old 06-21-2022, 11:33 AM   #22
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your bus is Looking FANTASTIC!!! I bought one of the Midea units.. previously I had a Climax inverter unit that was at the time the only inverter portable made.. the midea is a MUCH better unit.. I wanted the heat pump units but they are on national backorder..



I bought the unit to use at my house during power outages which seem to be happening more frequently.. but I think i'll also use it in my DEV bus when im parked.. this unit means realistically I can overnight without the need for a hotel and not roast.. it runs nicely on my power inverter.. its good and hot today so im going to get it out and run it in full sun park of that bus and see how long my 400AH of AGM batteries will run it full blast.
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Old 06-21-2022, 11:34 AM   #23
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skoontz - ill be measuring power consumption of mine when I do my testing
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Old 06-21-2022, 05:40 PM   #24
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I can completely recommend the Toshiba inverter unit (Home Depot $599) and/or the Midea black unit inverter (Same machine different cabinet color and price at Lowes $699) These two units are very quiet and at night you can hardly hear them run. They have an ingenious dual duct within one duct. Duct is huge but that is expected for efficiency. When parked at my house, these save power and wear/tear on the bus basement units. I installed new condenser motors, caps and starters on all three units. They are whisper quiet outside now. Seeing that you can no longer get parts for them, I am preserving them as best I can. I also have a lifetime supply of R22 refrigerant. Chris, thanks for the compliments! I have some trim work to do this weekend along the base. I put aside 15k to have all rubber lines replaced. Not wanting to deal with that and the gallonage of fuel within those lines let alone bleeding that 8v92. From there, it is mechanically solid for another 10 years. I'd like to get a new paint scheme on it next year. The dark exterior doesn't help living in AZ. I would never recommend dark colors on any bus anywhere. (Maybe if you live in Duluth or Anchorage?!)
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Old 06-21-2022, 05:43 PM   #25
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your bus is Looking FANTASTIC!!! I bought one of the Midea units.. previously I had a Climax inverter unit that was at the time the only inverter portable made.. the midea is a MUCH better unit.. I wanted the heat pump units but they are on national backorder..



I bought the unit to use at my house during power outages which seem to be happening more frequently.. but I think i'll also use it in my DEV bus when im parked.. this unit means realistically I can overnight without the need for a hotel and not roast.. it runs nicely on my power inverter.. its good and hot today so im going to get it out and run it in full sun park of that bus and see how long my 400AH of AGM batteries will run it full blast.
I would be curious as to your findings. We eventually want to put all solar on the roof. it's alot of free and clear space up there.
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