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Re: Air Conditioning Options

Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:57 pm
by barehanded
Mickeymouse wrote:Has anyone tried any of these AC units. It seems like that all get crap reviews

I tried a portable household unit that has the exhaust ducting because I had an unused high vent that I thought would work well. It was horribly inefficient I boxed it up the same day and shipped it back to Amazon. Bought a rooftop unit that runs off our Honda 2000i generator on eco mode couldn't be happier.

Re: Air Conditioning Options

Posted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:00 am
by coachgeo
barehanded wrote:
Mickeymouse wrote:Has anyone tried any of these AC units. It seems like that all get crap reviews

I tried a portable household unit that has the exhaust ducting because I had an unused high vent that I thought would work well. It was horribly inefficient I boxed it up the same day and shipped it back to Amazon. Bought a rooftop unit that runs off our Honda 2000i generator on eco mode couldn't be happier.
Interested in what you discovered about the Portable Unit you tried. What were the Spec's of it? Was it of the Inverter type which is supposedly much more efficient (when it comes to electricity use). Was it a one hose or a two hose unit?

Re: Air Conditioning Options

Posted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:13 am
by zuke
I Just bought this unit Thursday;

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Frigidaire-8 ... /300561107

And will be running it with this generator;

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-2-200- ... /203617901

I tested it out last night, And it seems to cool D.O.A. down pretty good, I'll be camping with it both this weekend and next.

For this weekend, I'm just going to run the single vent hose (Exhaust) out the cab pass thru and to the passenger window, but If it works well, then I'll go ahead and duct it to the Perko vent I have on the front of the module right now...

I'll let everyone know the results!

Re: Air Conditioning Options

Posted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:01 pm
by barehanded
This was the unit I tried.

https://www.amazon.com/Honeywell-MF08CESWW-Portable-Conditioner-Control/dp/B00B2BSXS2/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1498251510&sr=8-6&keywords=honeywell+portable+ac

Having a hot exhaust duct inside the living space you're trying to cool is the most obvious downfall.
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Re: Air Conditioning Options

Posted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:58 pm
by coachgeo
barehanded wrote:This was the unit I tried.... (url amazon)
Having a hot exhaust duct inside the living space you're trying to cool is the most obvious downfall.
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There are some two hose units now (Exhaust and intake).

Re: Air Conditioning Options

Posted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:38 am
by 97 Crestline
I'd be curious to see how these units work out. For our climate A/C is rarely needed, however, it'd be helpful to have an efficient unit to keep inside temperatures from soaring on the few hot days we do see... but it's not often enough to warrant expensive units.

8000 btu seems excessive for 100 square feet of insulated space. Given I've also got the vehicle AC to cool the space, it's only to maintain the cool after. Thoughts?

Re: Air Conditioning Options

Posted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:31 am
by zuke
The Frigidaire unit worked out nicely this weekend, Kept the Ambo very comfortable while it was 90+ outside... But it did have to run pretty much constantly to do that.

I'll be working on a more permanent ducting solution this week I hope...

Re: Air Conditioning Options

Posted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:56 am
by barehanded
It is a considerable expense at around $700 for a power saver rooftop unit but it was well worth it for the space and efficiency we gained over the portable unit.

The hoses of the portable unit take up a lot of room and are only somewhat flexible so trying to route them in a clean and space conscious way is difficult to impossible.

Re: Air Conditioning Options

Posted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:50 am
by zuke
barehanded wrote:It is a considerable expense at around $700 for a power saver rooftop unit but it was well worth it for the space and efficiency we gained over the portable unit.

The hoses of the portable unit take up a lot of room and are only somewhat flexible so trying to route them in a clean and space conscious way is difficult to impossible.


I Actually have a working Coleman rooftop I considered using, I scavenged it off a Pop-Up camper I scrapped.

But going taller isn't really an option for me, I have > 6" of clearance left getting the Ambo into the shop now.

Plus a roof top unit would rob space from solar panels when I install those..

Re: Air Conditioning Options

Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:34 am
by 97 Crestline
zuke wrote:
barehanded wrote:It is a considerable expense at around $700 for a power saver rooftop unit but it was well worth it for the space and efficiency we gained over the portable unit.

The hoses of the portable unit take up a lot of room and are only somewhat flexible so trying to route them in a clean and space conscious way is difficult to impossible.


I Actually have a working Coleman rooftop I considered using, I scavenged it off a Pop-Up camper I scrapped.

But going taller isn't really an option for me, I have > 6" of clearance left getting the Ambo into the shop now.

Plus a roof top unit would rob space from solar panels when I install those..


I've seen rooftop units mounted above the truck cab. Could that be an option to save interior space?