Portable AC in Scamp Closet

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Portable AC in Scamp Closet

I know I'm not the first guy to think of this but I want to show the pics of my approach to AC in my Scamp.  I bought a portable AC from Amazon Warehouse Deals and even though I think it was dropped from a high place I managed to get it running.  Made a insert for the closet window out of a storage box lid and sealed everything up.  Losing a major portion of my closet but I didn't want to cut any holes in the Scamp.  Still enough room to store the long things that need to be stored in the closet.  I can take the AC unit out for spring, fall, or winter camping when AC is not needed.  I think my next step is to replace the old chipboard door with a white accordian door.  What do you think? 

 

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Awesome Project

This looks like a good application to add AC. One recommendation I'd make. I use these portable AC units at my cabin and they have a tendency to wet the floor, especially in humid climate. I take a plastic tub from HD of proper size and set the AC unit in the tub to protect the floors from water damage.

You could build in some nice custom shelving around the unit and pick up some additional storage as well. I'll add this to the Mod table of contents for sure, nice work.

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Restriction?

I don't know much about these A/C units but it seems like there is a big air restriction with the small pipe going through the window. Would that affect the efficiency of the unit?  Seeing that you have to make an adaptor for the window anyway you could stay with the larger piping. Just my thoughts! Looks like a good way to add A/C.

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Restricted airflow

Thanks for your comments.  I used the outlet attachment provided by the manufacturer.  The pics make it look a little more scrunched up than it is really.

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You know - I had thought of

You know - I had thought of doing this exact thing for two reasons - price (portable units are much cheaper) and ceiling space.  I'm 6'2" which means with a roof top air I have to bend down a bit if standing under it.  it looked like there was a good way to do this.  Thanks for the pics.  

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What are the results?

Curious to know how this has worked out over the summer months. I like the idea, but is it efficient?

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The Results

I've only used it a couple of times this summer because we just haven't needed it as much as I thought we would.  I have not had any condensation problems.  I had to redo the attachment where it vents outside because my first attempt didn't hold up to taking the vent hose off and on and the rigors of traveling.  Nuts and bolts where I had used hot glue gun before.  Worked OK on the mid 80 degree days but I have a suspicion that on a 90+ degree day in full sun it would not be up to the task.

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A/C Thoughts

Have not done this but part of getting a hitch mount on my Scamp is for adding a Climate right A/C unit put on it that way no extra weight on roof and not taking up space inside. Also its just a seasonal use thing just leave it at home when not needed.  

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Climate-right AC

Those are interesting, but $$$.  An alternative is to purchase a regular window unit and find a satisfactory place to attach the vent hoses, instead of cutting holes. Windows or access hatches. 

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Portable AC

My spouse is very interested in this approach as it doesn’t appear to require modifications to the exterior.  However, he doesn’t understand where it is venting.  It appears there is a window or vent in the closet, but we don’t see where that would be on a new Scamp.  (We’re about to order a 13 for production in 2019.)  Any insight or guidance would be greatly appreciated!

Marisa Geisler, MN - 2019 Scamp 13 owner

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Portable AC

I would recommend you get factory air.  Everything will work and nothing cobbled together.  I only did this because my 1992 did not have roof reinforcement for rooftop air.  Spend the money.  You won't be sorry.

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