Duh. I finally figured out that there was a second page I had to jump to. Thanks a bunch, Ross! I do have a probably dumb question that's bugging me about the side intake vents. it seems to me that on all the window units I've had (and with a hotel, that was a lot), these vents are outside of the window, not inside, so I don't get how they work as "intake."
The Top View is the layout of the floor before the AC in installed. You will need to make two holes in the floor, one for the Condensation and one for the Exhausted Air.
You are right about the fact that the side vents are outside the window when these units are installed in a house. They are designed to bring in outside air and mix it with the cooling inside air.
The reason the the Side Intake Boxes are there, is to speed up the re-circulation of the cabin air and it will cool down the cabin air faster, as well.
The Side Intake Boxes are drawing in the cabin air into the back of the fan and then returning it to the cabin through the top set of movable vents on the front face. The lower louvered vent on the front face draws in cabin air, as well, it runs across the cooling coils and returns to the cabin through the top movable vent on the front face.
Post by LittleVintageTrailer on Mar 9, 2012 12:24:56 GMT -5
The guys at the restoration shop said one won't fit where my drawers are. Just not enough room ): So back to the drawing board. But fortunately, even though it can get hot here in MI in the summer we've done fine without a A/C so far and I refuse to put one in a window. I've considered the portable units but they are pretty bulky and floor space is a commodity. Also the one portable I've seen was installed under the sink area. They took out the cabinet there but also they had to cut a hold in the floor of the trailer. So I think for now we'll have to rely on good old fashioned fans to at least move hot air around and maybe fool ourselves that we are cooler than what we really are LOL!
Well, I would prefer to put mine below my stove, too, but I can see that it is definitely too cramped there so I'm going to go for Ross's design. I'm not sure how it will work if it's in the spot where the cupboard below the rear bench is because I'll have it "permanently" in the bed position so the cold air will have to find its way out from under the bed unless I just move it forward, not worrying about resale issues, placing it right at the edge of the bed. I lucked out and someone just gave me a nearly new 6300 BTU one that will fit without raising the bed so I think I'll go for it. I've imagined about 50 different possible ways to put an a/c in, and this one looks the neatest and least likely to leak water on my precious floor.
The Pet Cool people now have a 7,000 BTU one (now called Climate Right) that will be available next week so my second choice would be to mount it on the hitch below the LP gas tank, but that would involve 2 round holes in the front of the trailer and putting some flex tube through the kitchen cabinet area to vents below the stove, plus the unit is a bit pricey. Still, I'm in Florida, not MIchigan or Ohio, so there's no fooling myself, Kel.
Before I start with putting it under the bed, I could use some clarification on putting it in this kitchen area. My Compact didn't have a heater. I have a 12" cabinet under the sink on the left, then a 12" row of drawers under the countertop area, and then a stove with oven with the small cabinet beneath it at the floor level. My a/c unit would fit under the stove, but I thought there wouldn't be enough space on either side of it to build the "wings," Ross, and also, not really enough room behind it to build the little box over the exhaust area but perhaps a piece of aluminum fastened to the top of the unit, at the very back, and angled down to direct the exhaust to the hole in the bottom would work. I thought of making a pretty big hole and covering it with hardware cloth rather than a pre made vent.