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A/C poll

PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:23 am
by Ron Dickey
you have one do you use it?? Where is it and why there, if I :oops: may ask

We do not have one we use fans one hangs from the roof. We do not have a vent but in our new build it will have one. The old boxkite has a place for one to be cut out but never did. But our old trailer had more openings for cross venting then our new one will. Our new trailer will have a battery the old one did not.

There are many many trailers being built now and many with A/C with know idea where to put it and why so this is where you come in.

Please add what you can below please!! :D

up to 5 boxes can be checked
WE Change over time so you can change your vote .... so if you built a new trailer or altered the old one you can change your votes.
:thumbsup: Ron

Re: A/C poll

PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 9:02 am
by working on it
Don't know how I missed this poll for almost two months.... After all the time I spent working on the plans, building, rethinking, re-building, and all the related changes I had to make because of my design, I certainly feel that I have to put in my $.02. The first feature I deemed necessary for my 4x8 was the A/C. Texas is hot, from April to October (moderate in March and November), and I've known people using the A/C in December as well. Of course, the A/C needs power: a self-contained generator to power it, off the grid, was a must-have (my wife's hobby of Crypto-zoology takes her into the boonies). So far, no major design innovations required in the plans. It was when I did the side layout, and saw that the A/C wouldn't have the needed space to fit on either side (two windows, two doors were decreed by my wife), then the A/C was put into the galley wall. Then came my masterstroke/innovation/overcomplication? that took up so many hours of building and re-working: I decided to make the rear exhaust turn 90 degrees so the hatch could be closed when the A/C is used at night! Three major rebuilds over 6 months, until it worked good enough for Texas heat. As they say on TV- "Don't try this at home!" unless you're one of the following: (a.)an experienced HVAC professional, (b.)willing to spend entire weekends doing something over and over, or (c.)stubborn and determined to the extreme. I wish I was (a), but instead I am (b & c). I have already posted so many times on my A/C tribulations, I will not post any more pictures (other than this)110655 or links to threads about it. However, I still think about it daily; it's part of my persona now, like a scar-or maybe a beauty mark (beauty is in the eye of the beholder?).

Re: A/C poll

PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 6:53 pm
by slowcowboy
I open a window on the teardrop thats my ac.

slow

Re: A/C poll

PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 3:40 am
by PKCSPT
No A/c usually cools off enough at night up here to sleep. I also like to boondock occasionally and no electric cord reaches that far and I really do not want to add the weight.

When electric is available I use a fan.

Re: A/C poll

PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 4:48 am
by Shadow Catcher
Where Slow/Mike is you do not need AC where we are some times yes sometimes no. I wanted to be able to not have the AC with us and just rely on the two three speed computer case fans. There were other considerations, any AC unit attached to the body of the tear will transmit more sound, disconnected not much. The hoses that connect the trailer to the AC are also used for an Espar diesel heater. One of the problems some have encountered is short cycling, the AC runs so little of the time with such wide temp swings that the air is not dehumidified so you are in a cold fog.
The write up of what I did and why is here viewtopic.php?f=30&t=44561 I had a number of false starts and learned from those, you get the benefit.

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Re: A/C poll

PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 4:57 am
by GerryS
Short cycling is definitely the biggest problem. It's really bad on those "marginal" nights that are very humid. Those nights are the very few nights I regret a teardrop and wish I had something ever so slightly bigger.

Re: A/C poll

PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:02 am
by bobhenry
It's a bit more work not having it full time mounted but we really only use it 1 or 2 times a season and it looks cute when we do use it.


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Re: A/C poll

PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:44 pm
by buckisland1950
First thing I did was to buy a cheap AC unit and build a way to hang it on the window of my LG. Camped in it 4 times so far and never had to take it out of the toolbox where I store it but it's there if needed. I really prefer to not use one but I definitely don't like to sweat when trying to sleep.

Franke

Re: A/C poll

PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 11:25 am
by AZ_Desert_Rat
I do not have an A/C, but built the trailer (a 6X10 CT) with two 14 inch ceiling vents with fans, two screened windows, an awning, and a screened side door. I am thinking of adding a screen door to one of the rear barn doors; however, so far everything has worked for me during quite a few Southern Arizona fall, winter, summer, & early summer camp-outs and several camp-outs in Minnesota this summer and fall. So far, this has worked well :fan:

Positioning the trailer when parking (if possible) can help ... in the warmer weather, I try to park where I can get a cross breeze ... this not only helps keep the trailer cooler, but it also helps keep the bugs down. ;)

The trailer is insulated and we will see how it goes from here ... I did build both of the roof vents with reinforcement framing in case I wanted to add an A/C down the road. :thinking:

We'll see if the Buddy Heater will work at Gull Lake at the end of October :snow :)

Re: A/C poll

PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 12:12 pm
by KennethW
Does a evaporate(swamp) cooler count
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Re: A/C poll

PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:23 pm
by AZ_Desert_Rat
Love the Evap!!! It brings back memories from Southern AZ ... I remember Dad having one in his old Olds Rocket and of course that was all we had on the house ... it and a fan or window :fan: