After my trip out West and having some unbearable temps I made the purchase of a portable air conditioner. (One night the temp didn't go below 92 in the trailer.) I still like to camp without a lot of bells and whistles so buying this was a hard decision for me. But---- husband and I went camping last weekend and temps were in the 90's again. Bought the portable air conditioner and put a piece of foam in the front window for the vent. It worked wonderfully. We are planning to hook it up in the closet with a vent out the side for the future. I want to be able to take it out of the trailer when the weather isn't so hot. We thought about the under the bench and out the baggage door but it seemed to be a lot of changes to the original design. So for now, this is my fix. www.soleusair.com/gm_pac_10e2.html
I got mine at Menards, but Home Depot, Lowes, etc. carries them. In this heat everyone was out of them, but I called a Menards store and they were getting two in the next day. Made an early morning run and got it. They are more expensive than a window air conditioner but it was worth it to have the trailer cool enough to sleep in and the majority of the time I will be able to leave it at home.
Post by safetybruce on Jul 18, 2012 1:03:09 GMT -5
As you said too Shutzee, with these units no need for major design tweaks, plus if any member owns more than one camper this type can be moved from one to the next and be used in an emergency at other times...after Katrina, thousands of Gulf Coast inhabitants would have welcomed this type unit to hook up to their small portable gen sets, once they found a source of fuel, to keep even a single room cool in their damaged but still inhabitable homes.
I'm so glad to hear that those portable units are cooling well in the Compacts. Tech support for one of them told NO WAY, that they are not designed to operate in such small spaces. Probably just CYA, you know?
Post by Shastaholics on Jul 26, 2012 22:01:31 GMT -5
We have a portable a/c unit that is ducted in from the outside. We are located in SC and AL where it is hot! The pros of this set up is that you really don't hear it since it is sitting outside. You don't lose any valuable space and you don't lose a window!! The only con is setting it up which is literally 4 or 5 minutes. I lift it out of the back of my truck, plunk it on the ground, two ducts located underneath the left dinette booth, plug in the power and you are good to go!! It's been miserably hot the past two weeks high 90's in our area and this set up did the job. We were actually a little chilly at night!!! A couple of points. Add sturdy handles to the a/c unit for lifting. Get a unit with a remote. Think of how most of the a/c unit is designed to be out in the elements and cover the areas that are normally inside the window with a sturdy silver duct tape or similar.