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Air Conditioning Options

Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 3:00 am
by Mickeymouse
Hello Everyone,

I did a few searches before posting this new thread. I did not see a discussion about AC options.

What AC and/or heat pump are people using? How do you power them?

My ambulance has a Heater and an AC in the back but they work off the engine. That is fine if we are moving but I do not want to keep the engine running when we are camping.

I have a Honda 2000 Generator and I am thinking about getting a small window AC to mount somewhere in the back.

Any other ideas that work well?

Thanks
Dan

Re: Air Conditioning Options

Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 9:28 am
by ARV Team
Mickeymouse wrote:Hello Everyone,

I did a few searches before posting this new thread. I did not see a discussion about AC options.

What AC and/or heat pump are people using? How do you power them?

My ambulance has a Heater and an AC in the back but they work off the engine. That is fine if we are moving but I do not want to keep the engine running when we are camping.

I have a Honda 2000 Generator and I am thinking about getting a small window AC to mount somewhere in the back.

Any other ideas that work well?

Thanks
Dan


Here is the only Ambo AC thread we have so far, but more maintenance I guess

viewtopic.php?f=45&t=50&p=68#p68

Re: Air Conditioning Options

Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 10:56 am
by OutlawImages
Found this Split System they call it that is very cool and can work

Trailer with split system for example


A unit supplier
https://www.heatandcool.com/12-000-btu- ... AnzA8P8HAQ

Re: Air Conditioning Options

Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 7:18 pm
by coachgeo
When looking at splits... when looking at ones made for "trucks" do the math to verify the output will do. ( There is a formula for converting Watts to BTU.) Say that cause some truck cab splits are intended to keep cool a cab already brought to a comfortable temp by the Engine AC system.

The split is only designed to maintains the cool at night while the driver sleeps. Takes a lot less to maintain cool than it does to bring a hot camper up to comfortable temp. For example I think I read an average full-size car's AC is equivalent to a home 16000 BTU unit. Has to be; to get a hot car cool fast.

Re: Air Conditioning Options

Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 8:39 pm
by ARV Team
coachgeo wrote:When looking at splits... when looking at ones made for "trucks" do the math to verify the output will do. ( There is a formula for converting Watts to BTU.) Say that cause some truck cab splits are intended to keep cool a cab already brought to a comfortable temp by the Engine AC system.

The split is only designed to maintains the cool at night while the driver sleeps. Takes a lot less to maintain cool than it does to bring a hot camper up to comfortable temp. For example I think I read an average full-size car's AC is equivalent to a home 16000 BTU unit. Has to be; to get a hot car cool fast.



Hopefully this helps
Watts to BTU conversion calculator - Google Chrome 2017-02-05 20.43.26.jpg
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Calculator at link below
http://www.rapidtables.com/convert/powe ... calculator

Re: Air Conditioning Options

Posted: Sun May 07, 2017 11:23 am
by Vandetta
https://climateright.com/climateright-5 ... ter-2.html

This is the one I will be using on my second build soon. Will also have 930w of solar to run it.

Re: Air Conditioning Options

Posted: Sun May 14, 2017 6:22 pm
by Mickeymouse
Vandetta wrote:https://climateright.com/climateright-5000-btu-a-c-heater-2.html

This is the one I will be using on my second build soon. Will also have 930w of solar to run it.


I really like this option. Where were you thinking about mounting the external AC box?

Re: Air Conditioning Options

Posted: Wed May 17, 2017 9:07 am
by barehanded
Mickeymouse wrote:
Vandetta wrote:https://climateright.com/climateright-5000-btu-a-c-heater-2.html

This is the one I will be using on my second build soon. Will also have 930w of solar to run it.


I really like this option. Where were you thinking about mounting the external AC box?


I'm thinking the same thing, can it go in an exterior compartment that vents to the outside or does it need full outdoor airflow?

Re: Air Conditioning Options

Posted: Wed May 17, 2017 9:11 am
by barehanded


This was the route that I had intended to go with our AC off of the honda 2000. Was just going to make it a nice cabinet and utilize the old exhaust fan vent to exhaust the hot air. Which all happens to be right ontop of the vented ext. compartment I had intended to use for the generator.

Re: Air Conditioning Options

Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 11:14 pm
by Mickeymouse
Has anyone tried any of these AC units. It seems like that all get crap reviews