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jaycocreek

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Posted: 06/13/22 05:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We used a 5k window unit in a 30ft trailer in the bedroom which made a huge difference in the whole trailer,maybe a little cold in the bedroom,but a nice place to cool off..I used it in the escape Hatch....

I now use it in my truck camper sliding window and it cools the whole TC nicely and at 330 watts with the compressor running..I have used it with a 1000 watt psw inverter and it works well to cool things off... Now with 400 watts of solar I'm going to run it or try to,all off the battery when it gets warm enough..We will see how that goes..

At 39lbs it's easy to put in and out but a mounting system as mentioned above would be nice..


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Posted: 06/13/22 07:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The biggest issue is power supply. If you are on 30amp, running the roof mounted and the portable is likely overloading the system. Don't be surprised when your power cord has burnt ends. If you have 50amp, it shouldn't be a problem or if you run a separate powerline from the pedestal (but then you need a way to get it inside.

The dual hose units cost more but are more effective than the single hose units. The single hose units use cooled interior air to cool the condenser and then pump it outside. This means it pulls hot outside air into the RV to replace the air pumped out. Yes, it still cools but not as efficiently. The dual hose units pull outside air in to cool the condenser.


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Posted: 06/13/22 04:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've been thinking about getting a portable to cool the garage in our toy hauler. The two ACs just can't cool the garage / office (when we're parked). None of the windows is double-hung style - they have a 8" crank open at the bottom. A windows shaker wouldn't work - no place to put it.

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Posted: 06/14/22 06:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have the rig in sig. Two AC's the living room one crapped out after warranty expired. Unable to find replacement do to supply issues. We had spent the previous summer in high desert location, daliy temps in the mid ninties but low humidity.
Purchased a room AC for 20 x20 room this is one where you have an exhaust hose.
We run it on low fan and set point of 75 degrees. It works better than the roof top unit that failed and 1/3 the price.


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Posted: 06/18/22 05:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We use one occasionally in our fifth wheel when the temps are really high outside to help cool. We have a 30 amp unit with a 15K ac. We have the single hose unit although I heard the 2 hose ones are better, I got a great deal on clearance for this one so purchased it. I fashioned some wood to be the same contour as one of the side windows that the hose goes into. I also run a heavy duty extension cord through the slide seal from the portable unit to the pedestal.

It does help out quite a bit



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