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Best AC for Teardrop?

Postby stevef22 » Mon Aug 08, 2016 8:15 pm

So always learning new teardrop secrets from the pros...

What is your fav AC system for a teardrop?

This one here uses AC box outside teardrop with hoses.
http://www.climaterightair.com/applicat ... ating.html ( I think this would be a good idea to keep noise down. Not sure though.)

What do you guys like to use? Thanks! :thumbsup:
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Re: Best AC for Teardrop?

Postby steve cowan » Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:14 pm

This is a homemade version of a commercial unit.Works for me.
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Re: Best AC for Teardrop?

Postby Pixie Susan » Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:38 pm

I haven't had great luck with my Climateright 2500. It's on the fritz right now and I think it's the compressor. If you google enough, you'll find there's been some issues with this particular model. Worked great the half dozen times it was used...and then it didn't. I have not heard the same complaints about the 5000 unit. Different compressor and refrigerant than the 2500. When it stopped working in the Outer Banks, I went MacGuyver on it.
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Re: Best AC for Teardrop?

Postby bobhenry » Wed Aug 10, 2016 2:09 pm

6 years now on a $65 end of season close out 6000 BTU Fridgidair.

And it cools the house in its off time ! :D
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Re: Best AC for Teardrop?

Postby m.colley » Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:58 pm

bobhenry wrote:6 years now on a $65 end of season close out 6000 BTU Fridgidair.

And it cools the house in its off time ! :D


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I'm with bobhenry and steve on this one. A 5-6000 btu would be more then enough, preferably mounted like you would normally mount it in a window. I'm hoping to do a few tests on airflow issues that some seem to have using duct work as soon as I get my unit and can build the front plenum box.


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Re: Best AC for Teardrop?

Postby Shadow Catcher » Thu Aug 11, 2016 5:00 pm

We just got back from a trip to Harrison Lake State park. temperature was 93F at 80+% humidity (not a bunch of fun). AC made sleeping possible :)
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Re: Best AC for Teardrop?

Postby BobBash » Wed Sep 14, 2016 1:54 pm

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Re: Best AC for Teardrop?

Postby noseoil » Thu Sep 15, 2016 8:39 am

I saw these & it looks like a very good idea for a teardrop, but it still needs some work to get to the market & be used for a while before I'd consider buying it & putting it in a build (just my $.02 worth on new stuff & $400).

We use a small 5000 BUT window unit & it keeps up with the heat no matter how warm it is outside. I chose to put it in when the build was in progress, it's in the headboard area. It's sort of a PITA to incorporate into a built, since it takes up space & adds weight, but where we live it's necessary with the heat we have for much of the year. Basically, since it's too big for the wall thickness, I had to figure out a way to make it slide in & out when running & traveling. When we stop, it needs to slide out or you can bump your head if not careful. It sticks into the build about 6".

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The bottom panel slopes about 1/4" down-hill to make sure water stays out from rain or drips. The aluminum panels were glued in place with epoxy or contact cement, depending on where they were loacted.
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The panel has to be removed for the AC in the running position
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"Out" position for running
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Spring-loaded lock pins hold it in place for running & traveling & are set into the side panels & drilled into the AC body. The face-frame is attached to the ac unit & has a weatherstrip on the back side so it forms an air-tight, water-tight & bug proof seal when it's running. Any water or condensation drips out onto the tongue box & falls outside the teardrop.
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Re: Best AC for Teardrop?

Postby lrrowe » Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:18 am

Noseoil, that is a very neat trim job.
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Re: Best AC for Teardrop?

Postby working on it » Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:30 am

This is how I mounted my window shaker. The LG 5k BTU unit performs very well, does not drip (I have the drip pan jic), and actually only shakes the windows imperceptibly (solidly-mounted in the rear bulkhead). The advantage to the permanent mount inside the rear compartment is that it is secure from theft and damage, from insects and the elements, requires no effort to set-up and use, and can operate with the hatch locked for the night. I built the trailer for sleeping positioned head to the rear, feet forward, so the controls are in reach, while the airflow is circulated top-to-bottom of the trailer (cooling the hot roof first!). If needed, I use a separate fan to aid in the circulation. I've used this system in 108 degree heat, and in pouring rain. Only drawback, is the un-insulated exterior walls "sweat" in high humidity, showing a loss of efficiency, but in a 4x8 trailer, 5k btu's has plenty of cooling to spare. Image
    below Right-angle ducting vents exhaust to side vent (shields from rain).
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