AC Hacking a Figidaire 5000 BTU

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Re: AC Hacking a Figidaire 5000 BTU

Postby Shadow Catcher » Thu Jan 06, 2022 12:53 pm

One of the things I have enjoyed with this thread is seeing the variations on a theme. One of the aspects of those with teardrops has been the willingness to share ideas and the shear inventiveness
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Re: AC Hacking a Figidaire 5000 BTU

Postby Tom&Shelly » Thu Jan 06, 2022 4:28 pm

We decided to mount our ClimateRight AC/heater in the front of our teardrop, instead of setting it up outside, or having it partially acoustically isolated in a tongue box. The bulkhead between us and the front storage, where the AC/heater lives, is about an inch and a half sandwich of thin plywood over foam, as is the shelf between the space behind the headboard and the front storage compartment. Inside the tear, we hear very little noise from the AC/heater itself, just the sound of the air blowing out of the vent by our heads. This despite the fact we learned it works better not connecting the return hose (for AC or heat), so we left that hole open to the front storage. (BTW, we keep that front compartment door open for AC, but found it works much better--in fact is essential--to close it for heat.)

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The AC/heater came with plastic legs, which I replaced with strips of wood and a quarter inch of rubber cut from a floor mat. The wood overhangs so I could screw it into the floor.

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We're real happy with the way that turned out.

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Re: AC Hacking a Figidaire 5000 BTU

Postby Shadow Catcher » Fri Jan 07, 2022 7:13 pm

One potential problem I see is what happens during rain, or when you drive into town?
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Re: AC Hacking a Figidaire 5000 BTU

Postby Tom&Shelly » Fri Jan 07, 2022 9:01 pm

Shadow Catcher wrote:One potential problem I see is what happens during rain, or when you drive into town?


We only run the AC when we are in the teardrop. When we leave camp we close and lock the doors.

Rain hasn't been a real problem. The other things in the utility/storage compartment are towing and camping gear that tolerate wetness. Mostly though, the few times we've needed AC when it was raining, there was little wind. When we were in windy thunderstorms, the temps were such that we didn't need AC. The only problem was convincing Shelly to go out and close the door in the middle of the night when the conditions changed! :lol:

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