Installing an a/c unit

Discussion in 'Heating / Cooling Systems' started by mtzfd22, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. mtzfd22

    mtzfd22 New Member

    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2008
    I just recently acquired a 1987 Jayco Jay Dove 8 PU. We are wanting to install an a/c unit on the roof. It already has a vent so I'm halfway there. Are there any suggestions/ideas on the best way to install one? Also any suggestions on which are the best models to buy? One more question are there any good surplus camping stores in the Illinois/Indiana area? I am located in Central Illinois.

    Edited by - Digger on July 16 2008 18:26:23
     
  2. dupreet

    dupreet New Member

    Messages:
    2,184
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2007
    Location:
    High Point, North Carolina
    Hi,

    As far as installation, they are fairly easy to do - pull the vent and replace with the AC.

    Couple Points -

    Are you sure your PUP can handle a rooftop air conditioner? Being that it is a few years old and and 8' box, I'd make sure that the lift system can handle it and whether or not it needs support brackets added to the roof.

    When you install it, getting the rubber seal positioned and the unit tightened down is crucial in avoiding leaks.

    You will need to run a seperate power feed to the AC - most folks just use a second extension cord that they poke out a seam in the canvas.

    You will want to consider solar blankets over your bunkends and Reflectix inserts in your windows to maximize the AC's effectiveness.

    Good Luck,

    Todd

    Wife, 3 Kids, 4 Dogs, 3 Cats, The Wabbit
    '88 Palomino TXL hardsider
    '93 Ford E-350 Van
     
  3. mostlyok

    mostlyok We're Mostly OK!

    Messages:
    1,077
    Likes Received:
    5
    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2005
    Location:
    Sarasota, Florida
    We just removed ours (sold it already). I was surprised as to how easy it was to remove. The unit was a Coleman Mach. I don't know how to rate it, since we only turned it on once. If you have the necessary lift capability, and roof braces, then I would only suggest that you purchase new seals before installing. Used units will have compressed the seals so there is no longer an absolute guarantee of a good seal. Get a manual fro the one you are planning to buy. Coleman has manuals available. I don't know about other Mfg's.

    Heidi & Paul '04 Fleetwood Niagara
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_jeep.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Jeep"> '05 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    If its got zippers and Velcro it's got to be fun!
     
  4. mtzfd22

    mtzfd22 New Member

    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2008
    Thanks for the pointers. So this adds a few more questions.

    How do you check the lift system to insure of its capability?
    Would it be better to wire the A/C Directly into a breaker/fuse box or just run an extension cord? We had planned on adding a breaker/fuse box if we added an A/C unit.
     
  5. rpannell

    rpannell New Member

    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2008
    I too am interested in the answers to your questions.

    bump :)
     
  6. mostlyok

    mostlyok We're Mostly OK!

    Messages:
    1,077
    Likes Received:
    5
    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2005
    Location:
    Sarasota, Florida
    I would add a breaker and separate 120V line. That way you can eliminate the second cable. But remember to use the 30-50 Amp service at the campsite. Also check the voltage before using the AC. It should be greater that 113 Volts, otherwise you stand a chance of destroying the compressor motor.
    Check to see if the Mfg manuals indicate that AC is an option. Otherwise you might have to figure out a way of bracing for the extra 50-90 lbs for the AC.

    Heidi & Paul '04 Fleetwood Niagara
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_jeep.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Jeep"> '05 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
    If its got zippers and Velcro it's got to be fun!
     
  7. KISMETT

    KISMETT New Member

    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2008
    As the other responders stated, your best bet is with the dealer or call the manufacturer. Have model, vin and yr. ready. Also, do not over compress the gasket if you do it yourself.
    I've got some ac prep kits in the "for sale" section.
     
  8. rpannell

    rpannell New Member

    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2008
    Thanks for the replies. We're heading out this weekend for our first trip so we'll see how things go. I suspect it will be hot hot (40+).

    We have a 2005 Palomino Yearling 4101. I suspect the electrical is there for A/C but I'll need some supports.

    Any recommendations on places to buy A/C units/support kits online that ship to Canada?

    Ryan
     
  9. albacore

    albacore New Member

    Messages:
    41
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2008
    Have you considered a "side mount" window unit? We have an "87 Palomino TXL, and have an 8,000 BTU model in the side in place of the original small cabinet. With a family of 4, we do not miss the small amount of storage space it uses. But the air is nice.......

    Me "67, Wife "77, Son "98, Daughter "05
    "04 Tacoma D-cab 4x4 TRD, Borrowed "87 Palomino TLX
     
  10. mtzfd22

    mtzfd22 New Member

    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2008
    We have considered a window unit but are not usre of where we can properly place it in the camper. We initially under the rear bunk but the spare tire is mounted under there. Under the front bunk is where the LP bottle is placed. Does anyone have any pictures of this type of install?
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.