Karebru's 7x16 Build Log

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Re: Karebru's 7x16 Build Log

Postby foxontherun » Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:09 pm

Good afternoon,
How is your AC setup working out? Anything you would change/do differently?

Thanks,
Harry
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Re: Karebru's 7x16 Build Log

Postby Karebru » Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:08 pm

foxontherun wrote:Good afternoon,
How is your AC setup working out? Anything you would change/do differently?

Thanks,
Harry


We haven't spent the night in the camper yet, and I still need to install baffles to divide the intake from the exhaust, inside the shroud.
After working in the trailer this weekend, I closed it up and ran the AC for a few hours with the exhaust grill removed again.

7'x16' plus V-nose x 6' 6", insulated walls and roof
5,000 BTU AC
Air temp. 97 F... Yeah, it's been hot.
Humidity... It's Florida
Partial shade/partial direct sun

When I opened it up again, it was 80 F inside.
My wife and I both like it warm. We will only really need the AC for sleeping, and we could actually live with 80. I'm also sure it will get cooler after the sun goes down. One thing though, the inside of a trailer is a small space. Just opening a door allows a huge exchange by volume, with outside air. I think an 8,000 BTU unit would work better by providing a shorter catch-up time. We'll try it like this, but I imagine the 5,000 will quickly be demoted to spare status.

So, she says to me today... "Good thing it has that big wheelchair ramp. We're gonna need it by the time it's finished."
After 40 years, I tell ya, I still get no respect! :NC
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Re: Karebru's 7x16 Build Log

Postby foxontherun » Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:19 pm

Love the wheelchair ramp comment; can't wait to share it with my wife, she will agree. Our trailer has the ramp as well :lol: . Thanks for the update on your AC.
Harry :)
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Re: Karebru's 7x16 Build Log

Postby Tas » Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:20 pm

Karebru wrote:
foxontherun wrote:Good afternoon,
How is your AC setup working out? Anything you would change/do differently?

Thanks,
Harry


7'x16' plus V-nose x 6' 6", insulated walls and roof
5,000 BTU AC
Air temp. 97 F... Yeah, it's been hot.
Humidity... It's Florida
Partial shade/partial direct sun

When I opened it up again, it was 80 F inside.
My wife and I both like it warm. We will only really need the AC for sleeping, and we could actually live with 80. I'm also sure it will get cooler after the sun goes down. One thing though, the inside of a trailer is a small space. Just opening a door allows a huge exchange by volume, with outside air. I think an 8,000 BTU unit would work better by providing a shorter catch-up time. We'll try it like this, but I imagine the 5,000 will quickly be demoted to spare status.

So, she says to me today... "Good thing it has that big wheelchair ramp. We're gonna need it by the time it's finished."
After 40 years, I tell ya, I still get no respect! :NC


I'm kind of surprised it only got down to 80 F. I would have thought it would be lower.

It's only been 20 years for me so I still will have no respect at 40. Just Great!
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Re: Karebru's 7x16 Build Log

Postby Karebru » Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:09 pm

Tas wrote:I'm kind of surprised it only got down to 80 F. I would have thought it would be lower.

It's only been 20 years for me so I still will have no respect at 40. Just Great!

She's still here. So there must be SOME respect. :roll:

In fairness to the little air conditioner, it WAS hot AND humid. Also, The ramp had been down all day and it was facing west into the afternoon sun... The dark floor got way too hot for bare feet. There must have been an extreme amount of heat built up in the inside mass of the trailer when I closed it up.
All that, and the fact that I still haven't divided the heat exchange airflow inside the shroud... Come to think of it, I'm pretty impressed with the performance. :thinking:

Back to milder weather camping... Way back when, I decided to go a different direction from my original plan for my rear door bug screen, but didn't know what I would end up doing.
This is my latest idea. I need to get prices from a few of the local canvas shops to see if it's do-able.
Thoughts?

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Re: Karebru's 7x16 Build Log

Postby Karebru » Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:59 pm

And a revision to the revision...
A little bit of privacy when the ramp's down.
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Re: Karebru's 7x16 Build Log

Postby aggie79 » Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:07 am

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