Post by swirlygirls on Jul 9, 2013 11:59:24 GMT -8
I am also eager to see how you did the closet installation. I keep obsessing about what I want to do regarding an AC. Maybe building a dedicated AC cabinet is the way to go. I'll await further information from you!!
Since the square footage of a trailer is small, +/- 200 SF, you can get by with a smaller unit, which draws fewer amps and has a smaller footprint. A 7000BTU unit is plenty for our Deluxe and draws about 8 amps. Sitting on the countertop at night, it is out of the way, and can be vented thru the existing vent hood opening-we will be having a sheetmetal piece fabricated to adapt the vent hose to opening that the vent hood exhausts out of.
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We have the portable ac unit in our compact. It tucks back in the closet when traveling. We roll it to the opening of the closet door after we set up, leave the door open and it cools down nicely. I vented it through the floor in the closet, because I didn't want to cut a hole in the side of the trailer. Camped the other night in 90 degree temps and it keep the compact at 68 degrees throughout the night. Headed to Nashville and on to the Catskills in New York in the next couple weeks so I'll let you know how it does.
Post by hoosierpoet on Jul 10, 2013 13:42:31 GMT -8
I have a small (well, none of them are really "small" - I think this one's 7000 BTUs) portable AC that I'm planning to install in the closet of my '61 Airflyte. It's the mirrored closet (for those of you who are familiar with Airflyte layouts) that is above the fridge or ice box. The AC fits perfectly in there! I'm replacing the fridge with an icebox, and will vent the AC exhaust out through the former fridge vent. The cutouts for the closet area will provide the fresh-air exchange for the AC. Only thing I haven't decided is where to put the cold-air vent; we can't really leave the cabinet door open, it opens the wrong way and we'd be constantly walking into it! So I'm thinking about maybe removing the mirror and cutting an opening in the cabinet door, then finishing it out with a vintage grate of some sort. We could have a smaller mirror cut to size and re-hang it below the vent. That way, if we ever wanted to convert it back, all we'd have to do is replace the original mirror, it would hide the vent hole completely. That's the plan, anyhow. Any comments would be much appreciated!
SO Cool!!! thank you for this information. I did not want to hang a unit from a window and I dislike them hanging out of the wall. I saw an EGG camper and the AC was under the seat by the door. I've been wondering how to do something like that. AND YOU DID IT!!! I do live in Florida but as you said outside is where I am by day, so night bug free sleeping is the target. QUESTION since I am looking at putting it in the corner by the door Can I vent it to the outside? I assume the side wall would be better than the front. Also WHAT kind of AC did you use??? I've been looking for small and not finding really small. OH I have a 69 compact shasta. I so want to camp in the warm weather. thanks again!!!!
Post by boandsusan on Jul 16, 2013 15:47:11 GMT -8
Its just a cheap $80 one from Wal-mart. 5,000 btu. We have a 68 Compact and can`t picture where you have in mind to put it??? As you walk in the door, is your stove to the right and the wheel well to your left? Yes you can vent it out the wall but the idea of the under the bed/bench, is to vent it through the floor and not have to cut a hole in the exterior skin.
My 69 compact is different then most photos I've seen. Enter the door, to the right and across the front is the dinette. From there toward the back on the far wall is counter with tiny sink and wheel well, across back is bed single that pulls out to a double. Back up to the door is tall closet over wheel well. I guess the PO who redid, restored differently. But it's nice. except for the corner leak. BUT right there at the right of the door is a bench seat, like in the EGG, only mine is wood. It's also where my leak is. Under the floor is the spare tire, horizontal mount. so going thru the floor could be tricky. I was figuring the sidewall to vent and then figure how to work the drain thru the floor. I like your running it on flat ground to see where the water would drain, hadn't thought of that. Can you imagine what the floor plan looks like? It's very simple, I call my tent on wheels. Tiny port a potty sets under table with a cover to disguise it. Tiny would be what the A/C would have to be. The search is on. Thank for the valuable info.
Post by boandsusan on Jul 21, 2013 23:13:18 GMT -8
Floor plan sounds the same as the floor plan we put in "Skeeter" (72 Compact). We made a cabinet door for the side of the curbside dinette bench, the porta-potti slides out from there. I think you can see it in Skeeters restore thread.
Thanks bunches for the info, I Googled Skeeter 72 Compact and wow got your thread. How cool is that. Yes that does look more like my floor plan. Thanks for the clarity. SO I'm a 'cross match'. A little of this and a little of that. Oh well I love My Little Shasta! I was going to put the port a potty there but it sets under the table with the 1972 coleman ice box real well. And now I find I can put an AC there. I found that the AC the PO included in the mix is small enough to fit under the bench seat. YES!!!! next project in the shed waiting. Leak still on the front burner of unresolved. Bottom Line... have a garage or a carport or at least a cover. Especially in Florida. Does anyone out there live in Florida? I feel like an outsider, every one seems to be up north or out west. Oh well, it's me and My Little Shasta. Later TiaJannet
Thought I would let you all know that my portable air conditioner worked perfectly. Camping in Nashville with 100 degree temps we keep the temp in the trailer at a cool 70 degrees. I vented it though the floor in the closet and would pull it out when using it. Not a perfect set up but I like the flexibility of not having to haul the air conditioner when doing Fall camping.