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Posted: 03/28/20 01:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

jaycocreek wrote:



You must camp different than I...


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Bundutec will most likely mount in the rear wall and not through a window. If you leave it up to Bundutec to choose the AC it will be a cheaper model than the Home Depot one I mentioned.

I'm not saying for the OP to buy the one I mentioned either. All I'm saying is I would buy the one I mentioned. I've seen some van dwellers use the model I mentioned and know it's a good unit for me to use, if I choose to do so.

I've had roof mounted AC's before and if I had a choice I would not use another. They are not reliable and way more expensive.

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An option I am considering doing excpet for the view that window gives..From a good guy on Lance owners..

He did a great job and saved the window for if he ever sold it..

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Is that how other side of the camper looks like?
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When we might have different favorite spots for camping, for me main advantage of RV camping is travel to different zones.
Years ago we've been camping mostly in Sierra.
AC and generators were dead weight as we swim thru the day and spend evenings at campfires.
Now we mostly camp in AZ and at RV park in Phoenix I have seen 5-ers and motorhomes who not only had roof AC, but also addition of window ACs.
Seem the most convenient spot for adding is slide side windows.
Just don't try to move the slide before AC removal.
Now how about this unit?
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I did a lot of camping in the Nevada desert. I had a window A/C as an emergency backup.
The first thing I learned was that thing simply wasn’t able to cool the camper when it’s really hot.
The roof air would refrigerate the thing.
Installing a roof air is ridiculously easy, I’ve done it several times. It pretty much just bolts right on.


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Installing a roof air is ridiculously easy, I’ve done it several times. It pretty much just bolts right on.


No doubt, but you still have to get nearly 100 lbs on the roof.


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my roof AC is for sale. Make me an offer.


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jimh425 wrote:


No doubt, but you still have to get nearly 100 lbs on the roof.


Even if you don't want to buy, you can always rent manual stacker.
I saved mine from construction jobs I used to have.
It is 500 lb rated and I have 16' extensions for it.
Beside taking AC from camper roof, I had marble table top, who having 3 more friends - we were unable to carry on 2nd floor.
I used the stacker to lift the marble up to balcony railing and with help of wife tilted in on the floor and carried away with dolly.
So if you own a farm or are DIY around the house, you will love to have it.
Bought my used for about $200.
Here is picture of newer one listed on ebay.

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jimh425 wrote:

burningman wrote:

Installing a roof air is ridiculously easy, I’ve done it several times. It pretty much just bolts right on.


No doubt, but you still have to get nearly 100 lbs on the roof.


Is not that bad..The last two times I did it,I wrapped the AC in a moving blanket then used a rope to pull it up top...Works best with two people but one can do it..The blanket keeps it from banging the sides of the camper..Then the rest is easy...

But they are noisy and expensive..I'd rather change out a roof air than change the heating unit in an RV fridge anyday...I didn't enjoy that...

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jaycocreek wrote:

The last two times I did it,I wrapped the AC in a moving blanket then used a rope to pull it up top...Works best with two people but one can do it..The blanket keeps it from banging the sides of the camper..Then the rest is easy...


That's a good idea. But in all reality what's a piece of cake for some is a nightmare for others.

I live in a 40 ft TT. I must be used to the AC noise because it doesn't bother me in the least.

But then I have no problem sleeping in a running Freightliner with the AC running wither.

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Years ago I had a 1969 vintage Excel TT.
I bought a window AC for it and only used it once when we met friends from out of state in an RV park. We only boondocked in higher elevations and never had a need for AC.

The windows slid open and the aluminum frame fit right in the grooves of the AC unit. I put a small wedge in the window that slid open to keep it tight against the AT and cut a piece pf Plexiglas to fit on top.

It didn't require any modifications and only took a few minutes to put in place.

It worked well but if it was something that I would have used all the time I would have bought and installed a roof unit.

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