Inexpensive portable air conditioner

Discussion in 'Heating / Cooling Systems' started by Cindy F, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. Cindy F

    Cindy F New Member

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    I can not believe the very air conditioner I bought at CIrcuit City is now on sale, DANGIT!

    If your store doesn't have it in house, you can buy on line and have it shipped to the store for free.

    $139.00 for a brand new 8,000 BTU portable air conditioner is hard to beat folks!

    http://www.circuitcity.com/ccd/productDetail.do?oid=169871&cc_fm=Toolbox+Cart

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    139 for a new portable is insane. No excuses not to have AC in a popup now.
    My luck is about the same... right after I buy something, it will go on closeout sale, usually to be replaced with a "new, updated, better model at a lower price" LOL. Heck, buy one as a backup in case one goes south!

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    LOL! Exactly what I planned to do, GMTA! I can't believe I paid $270 something 2 months ago and now it's $139, Typical. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_angry.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Angry">

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    I thank you and my DH REALLY thanks you. I just ordered one and will pick it up tomorrow. :)

    We just bought our pop-up last month and we wanted A/C but figured we could always add it later. This is the perfect opportunity to do so.

    I love it when a plan comes together!
     
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    Melissa, you really made my day with your reply! (nurses get super jazzed up when they help someone ~grin~). I'm so glad someone benefited from that info and I hope your A/C works as well for you as ours has for us. If you haven't read my A/C posts here's a little info to help keep cool and help the A/C work better.

    1)Get a roll of reflectix at Home Depot or Lowes and put some on the bunk ends (we used binder clips to hold it on)
    2) Wrap the A/C exhaust hose in reflectix
    3) Cut some reflectix to fit the inside of the window zips (if it's really hot)
    4) Close off one bunk end during the hottest part of the day and of course,
    5) a shady spot and an awning work wonders!

    We loosened part of the canvas by the door to put the exhaust tube through, then I bought a piece of matching canvas off Ebay to make a "shroud" to go around the open area/vent hose.

    Good luck and Happy Camping!

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    Haha, it's like you read my mind.

    We picked up the unit today, and after checking it out, my DH asked me to post here and ask where he should vent the exhaust tube. I will give him this info. So see, you helped me again! We're going camping the next two weekends but I don't know if it will be hot enough to try it out.

    (I am finding this whole website VERY useful and helpful. :) )

    Thanks so much!
     
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    Not available for shipping, anymore, and not in my local store....Go figure.
     
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    You're very welcome! This site has been a God send to me, very supportive and welcoming-with a wealth of information. Glad I could help and be sure to post any other questions you may have and I'm sure someone will chime in with the answer!

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    That stinks! Did you check stores in any town nearby?

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    I checked. There were none in stores within 150 miles of me.
     
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    They won't even do "ship-to-store"? Sigh....meanwhile the store near me (where I paid double <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_angry.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Angry"> ), has 4 sitting on the shelf. Typical.

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    I doubt if they will ship store to store at such a bargain price.

    At any rate, I checked about 10 stores within 250 miles of me and none had any of them.
     
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    Norfolk Just let me fix this one last thing.....

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    Thanks for the notice! I just ordered it online for pickup in Chesapeake, Va tomorrow.

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    Got mine too. Actually it was only available at a store near my in-laws, so I had them pick it up for me in San Antonio.

    Question...what is your plug in set up? Do you just hook it up straight to the CG shore power, or do you have a power strip set up?

    Can you post some pictures of your exhaust hose set up too?

    Once again...thanks for the heads up on this great deal!

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    Exhaust hose: I just unzip a window a stick the vent hose in between the screen and "window".

    Power: I run a super heavy extension cord from the CG 15/20 amp plug to the AC unit. I routed mine through the opening the 30 amp cord enters the pup at.

    While all of Cindy's advice is great about how to maximize the cooling of the portable, the parts of insulating the exhaust hose is the number one thing to do. If you don't you will end up pumping a lot of heat right back into the pup.

    I will also add that if you are in a sunny spot putting some reflective material over your cabin windows will also help a bunch, at least on the sunny side of the camper.

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    I agree with Jim, that exhaust house gets VERY hot and you've got to wrap it with something! Here's a clip from one of my other posts that may help:

    .....Anyway, just to sum it up, we found the following to be best for cooling our pup (in the humid southeast):

    1) Reflectix, reflectix, reflectix! On bunk ends (with binder clips), around the a/c exhaust hose, on windows, and in zips. Basically, wherever you can stuff it! To the person here who recommended reflectix: I could just KISS YOUR FACE!
    2) Awning
    3) Portable A/C, I would recommend no smaller than 8,000 BTUs
    4) Closing off at least one bunk end in the heat of the day
    5) Oscillating fan to circulate air

    Good Luck to everyone cooling and camping in their PUP this summer!

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    Well, a few stores within 2 hours of me got some in. I bought one 135 miles away and will go get it tomorrow.
     
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    WOO HOO, I'm glad you found one! It's worth the drive/gas, I paid $279 for the exact same one.

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    I've got one waiting at the store for pick-up. Thanks for the tip.

    Tak
     
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    just went out a bought the MF8000E from Circuit City. I checked online and they had it in stock, right around the corner. $139.00

    It is running in my den right now and I will take it out camping on Friday. I expect it to be 94F. I will tell everyone how it works.

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