Air con for living quarters

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  1. oatmealgroup

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    This may be a daft question, but can you have air conditioning inside a camper that does not require the engine to run, and if so, is it mains electric only?
     
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    Effectively mains only so hookup required. There are 12v ones available;

    1.Evaporative coolers, use little electricity but are not very effective.
    2. Compressor types, use a lot of electricity and very expensive.

    Unless you are always staying on a site with ehu I wouldn't bother. A good fan vent will do a pretty good job of keeping you cool at night, which is the most important if like me you cannot sleep if too hot. Air con is usually too noisy to run at night.
    I have this fitted over the permanent bed
    http://www.fiammastore.com/Fiamma-R...-motorhomes/Fiamma-Turbo-Vent-with-Thermostat

    Johns Cross do sell this though its difficult to find on their site for some reason.
     
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    I have Dometic aircon which is original equipment running through a 500w inverter or hook-up.
    As said - too noisy to use when sleeping but used it once to cool van down - once in 12 months.
    Would I pay to have aircon fitted? - no - not unless I planned to spend Summer in Spain
    A quiet fan and open vents will do for me.
     
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    I thought about this when building our van, there was no way I was going to pay near on £1500 for something roof mounted like the dometics, I built a cupboard just inside our entrance door and bought a portable domestic air con from curry's, this fits in the cupboard and is vented through the sidewall, does the job at a fraction of the cost of the ones made for motorhomes/caravans. Technically they can't be that much differant certainly not enough to warrent the cost, It does only run on mains but we are almost always on cl / cs sites, in the winter we can remove it all together just unplug and wheel out and we have an extra storage cupboard . You can also get one for caravans wher one part is in the caravan but the condenser hangs outside with flat pipework draped through a slightly open window.
     
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    We have the same fan fitted above the bed and love it as you can control the fan speed and the noise. We also have the Dometic aircon, but find that is too loud for sleeping.

    John
     
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