AC Unit wanted

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  1. ObiVanKenobi

    ObiVanKenobi Read Only Funster

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    New to the forum so im not even sure if this is in the correct area but here go's....

    Looking for a roof mounted AC unit to fit to my Citroen Relay Panel Van (being converted as we speak). Preferably second hand as new ones are just too expensive at the minute. Looking to purchase asap.

    P.S please forgive the username, so many are taken it had to be quick thinking of for this one!

    Thanks
    Steve
     
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    Can't help you on the aircon but :welcomefunster:
     
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    Dont forget all modern roof mounted aircons are mains only. If you can find one like I have which is an old Trav-l-cool they are 12 volt. Unfortunately they stopped making them some years ago. The benefit of this model is that it can be used whilst on the move.
     
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    I have recently been looking into the possibility of using an inverter, large alternator, B2B, large batteries and solar set up to power the AC unit independent of hooking up to a 230 power supply. Seems like it may be more hassle and money than it is worth.
    Only reason for us wanting to set up like that is because we dont use campsites much however, the money for the setup may be better used to pay for hook ups instead of unproven AC/Inverter setup.......
    Anyway, for now I am just looking for a unit. Any will be considered.....
     
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    You'd need a field of solar panels to power an air con (I'd think at least 2000W worth even for a small unit). However, at least when it is hottest, you'll get the most ampage from the panels. You won't last 5 minutes on battery, though, unless you basically turn your vehicle into a milk float.

    I wonder if anyone makes gas powered units?
     
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    I was going to ask if there was such thing as a motorhome evaporative cooler. Seems like there is. Evaporative cooling would be much more sensible on battery than a closed loop compression system. Not as effective, and uses a lot of water, but only needs a fan to be run.

    Also, not so good in high humidity.
     
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    Thanks for all the help, I will research the Trav-L-Cool a little more tonight. Looks like a good bit of kit for the price....
     
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    I have a roof mounted aircon unit by Dometic/Waeco powered by mains when on EHU of course but also wired through a 1600/1800W inverter, can't remember, for use whilst the van is in motion. The van spent some time in the sun at one time so with no cab aircon this must have been installed, at great expense, to do the two jobs.
     
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    Evaporative coolers can be prone to harbouring Legionella bacteria.
     
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    Do you really need habitation air conditioning.
    You are going to travel to southern Europe for warm weather then spend good money trying to negate it.
    If hot weather bothers you that much then keep to more northerly latitudes and spend your money on something really important.

    i qualify this by only being converted to cab A/C five years ago and truly appreciate it for a more comfortable driving experience.
    Habitation cooling? A good fan should suffice and loads cheaper and versatile too.
     
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    There is a 25 litre water container under the wardrobe on mine, but I have never felt the need to put water in it. It still blows cold without water. I always thought the water was just for dry climates.
     

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