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Old 05-26-2014, 04:07 PM   #1
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Our 31.5 FBHS has only 1 A/C and 30 amp service. On the days above 90F it can't quite keep up, despite my best efforts to make the system as efficient as possible.

Although rewiring and installing a 2nd roof unit was as possibility the cost of over $900 was hard to swallow. I was inspired when I saw one of these units at Sams club. Low amperage, <5, and can heat, dehumidify and cool up to 800 sqft. It should be the extra umpf we need.

In the case that both A/Cs will be too much of a load, I can always run the portable a/c directly to the pedestal, via extension cord.
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Old 05-26-2014, 04:42 PM   #2
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The setup inside.

This is a Soleus Air 8,000 btu model.
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Old 05-26-2014, 04:45 PM   #3
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I used 3/8 in thick plexi to fill in around the open slider window and routed an opening for the exhaust. I under sized the plexi both height and width just enough so it would fit. The slider is closed on the plexi to hold it in place.
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The corners are tapered to fit the opening around the window.
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View from the outside. Might need to add some screen to keep out bugs. With heavy rain, I plan to remove it and close the window.
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The load protector says about 6amps. The portable a/c was the only piece of equipment operating at the time.
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View from the outside. Might need to add some screen to keep out bugs. With heavy rain, I plan to remove it and close the window.

Try a dryer vent hood on there. Menards out by me sells them in several sizes, 4, 5, 6, inch diameter. Those will keep the rain out.
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Try a dryer vent hood on there. Menards out by me sells them in several sizes, 4, 5, 6, inch diameter. Those will keep the rain out.
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We have brought along our 8000BTU House window unit when we are staying for an extended time in our OFF-ROAD POPUP.

Being only the two of us leaves one of the tent beds as a day-time catch all area so an easy place to setup the window unit sitting on a board with the back sticking out the tent window with some well place duct tape haha...

The 8000 BTU Window runs just fine off our 2KW Honda Generator where our roof mounted 13,500 BTU unit does not.

We have done the same thing TENT CAMPING as well. Our TENT has two doors so the one door is a perfect spot to sit a WINDOW UNIT on wood pallet just outside the door and tape up with duck tape again.

Of course we still run into the problem at most public camp grounds here on the EAST side of the US that doesn't allow a lot of generator run time hours. Usually camping in the Natl Forest we can use the generator all day long up to 8PM at night without any problems.

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I know people use them at Dinsey's Ft. Wilderness for their tents as well as a friend who used one in a pop-up. They all seem to get satisfactory results especially at night.
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