We started by running the ac on a stand and determining where the water built up on the base. We had to remove the top and sides of the unit to do this. Once we found the lowest point in the floor of the AC, Bo drilled a 3/4 inch hole for the water to drain. Then we placed the AC in place and marked the trailer floor, where the drain hole needed to be. We drilled a hole through the camper floor for the drain tube.
Next we set the AC unit in place and a 5x9 inch hole was cut out of the floor and trimmed it out with bug screen. We drilled a small hole in the 4 corners to make sure that we were not over the top of any framing before we cut the 5x9 hole out.
Last Edit: Jul 9, 2013 7:05:14 GMT -8 by boandsusan
This method works great if you don`t live in the South. By July it started having a problems cooling (during the day only). We don`t stay in out campers during the day anyway and it still kept it cool enough to take a power nap in the afternoons so it wasn`t a problem for us. We sold this camper and camp often with her new owner who uses a small elec fan on her front dinette table, to circulate the cool air better. When I have time to take some decent pictures, I`ll post a thread of the "in the closet" installation that we did in the camper that we are currently using.
Thank you for this helpful info. I am having to decide where to put an AC unit and really do not want to have a roof type unit.
Would be interested in seeing your closet version as soon as possible!
Your welcome. IMO the 1x2 inch framing will NOT support a roof type AC unit, and will cause all kinds of roof leaks/possible collapsed roof. 2x4`s would be needed to support that kind of weight, even then your poor walls would be trying to support the extra weight from the unit plus the added weight of the 2x4`s .
The closet version works on the same principle but requires cutting a hole in the exterior skin and installing a baggage door. Most people are opposed to cutting the skin on a vintage, which I admit....I was too. But, because the skin was already cut for an AC when we got this camper, we went with it and are super pleased with the result. So much so, that I am going to do the same thing with the 63 Shasta 1500 that we picked up a couple of weeks ago. Instead of using an existing closet I`m considering an install like this..... Saving my closet space .
Last Edit: Jul 9, 2013 9:33:04 GMT -8 by boandsusan