Truma Saphir Air Con ?

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  1. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Thinking on fitting this unit .. does anyone have it ?

    I know the pros and cons of air-con... had several vans with it fitted on the roof ..RV had two.. and we used the bedroom unit to pre cool before going to bed..

    looking for owners experience of this particular unit.. or know anyone who has it..

    I like how it can be ducted to different areas.. and that it fits under a bench seat..

    http://www.truma.com/uk/en/air-conditioning/saphir-comfort.php
     
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    I've only ever fitted one back in 2005, to one of the Norwich SOS buses that we built, we still do work on the bus but haver never had any faults reported with the air con unit unlike Dometic roof top units ,and from memory it worked pretty well, positioning it is another matter you really need to get the outlet ducting up high so a seat near a wardrobe is ideal there is also a pretty big hole needed through the floor under the air con unit other than that a doddle to fit and only wish I could afford to fit one in ours
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Thanks for that..

    been looking at how to fit it.. have an ideal place under a seat where I could run duct up a corner to the roof and a second one to the transverse bed area..

    had a message from Eddie van bitz, who didn't rate them.. so have been reconsidering..

    btw.. came by your van a few times at the Thetford bash to say hi.. .. but you must have been out
     
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    sorry about that we are nearly all ways in unless the bar is open. Eddie might know more than me about them as I have only ever fitted the one but it seemed to be a good bit of kit and as far as I know it is still doing a good job in the SOS bus .
     
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    Hi Jim,
    I fitted this unit to my Chausson Best of 10 last year and it's been great. has as already been said, make sure you have clearance beneath the unit as there are 3 largish holes and 1 small hole for the drain required. I would also say this unit is suitable for 6 metre max motorhomes, mine is 5.98 and works just fine. I used mine a couple of weeks back in France and is was great, the compressor unit is sealed like a fridge so far less trouble than the vehicle air conditioning.
    Hope this helps
    Lee.
    P.S it is fine on 6 amp french sites.
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Thanks... our Hymer is 7mt ..

    where are the outlet ducts run to.. or do you not have any ?
     
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    3 outlet ducts straight out from the side via short lengths of ducting and Truma vents pointing upwards.
    Lee
     
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    we have it fitted in our 8m Hymer, both outlets are high up (against ceiling), one directed over transverse bed other opposite door in middle of MH

    I would say it is not a lot of good if you really want cold, but it does definitely keep it a little cooler than outside on hot days

    we have an odd problem where the design of the MH is poor, the air intake for the air con is too close to the grey and black tank vents which are both under our MH, can pick up smells sometimes
     
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    The recirculated air should not be drawn from beneath the motorhome but from inside. The only air drawn from beneath is also expelled from beneath, the recirculated air in the motorhome is drawn through the white grill on the end of the air conditioner (complete with air filter) which in my case is beneath my side seat in which I had to put in an extra vent.
    Lee.
     
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    thanks ... more food for thought
     
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    Thanks, that's interesting, I have no idea where the workings are, other than boxed in with the Alde system in the garage area, might need new filters, or filters fitting ? :)
     
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    I too have this system in my MH and all 3 vents are high up, one in the bedroom at the rear, one in the kitchen area and the 3rd in the living area. The re-circulating air intake (along with filter) is just below the bench seat and this was all fitted at the factory when MH was built. It is a fantastic but of kit which kept the internal temp very comfortable when I was in Croatia just a couple of weeks ago.
     
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    Interesting that you say it is in the garage.. I contemplated fitting there then realised that the intake air wouldn't come from the same place as the cold outlet.. so that may be why yours doesn't work so well.. ?

    to work efficiently the air in the van has to recirculate, adding warm air from outside will reduce the efficiency..
     
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    Morning Jim, that is based on the fact that I cant see it anywhere in the MH interior, also the smell issue, typically we notice that first inside the garage due to location of the vent

    Don't do anything on the basis of my input :D
     
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    Morning.. :)

    and thanks.. all input is valuable..

    as it isn't double floored, the garage would be good for me, provided I could duct the intake air from the hab area that would work good .. perhaps that's how yours is fitted.. ?
     
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    That's right Jim, the air must be recirculated from the habitation area. It may be possible to do this via ducting.
    Lee.
     
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    We have the previous version, the frostair. Its nice in the fact that it distributes the air throughout the van and even on fan only it keeps the van feeling better inside, its better under the floor than having a roof unit. It dousent really get icey cold as the ducting is not insulated so loses a lot of the coldness before getting to the vents. If you are on EHU you leave it on all the time and it will garadually bring the temperature down. We mainly use ours on fan running off the inverter.
     
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    Hi Jim, I have this unit in my MoHo under the bench seat and the (1600 watt) smaller roof fitted one in the rear bedroom. I like the thought of the underfloor Saphir because it supposedly makes less noise, however considering it is the more powerful of the two I have to say the Roof unit seems more efficient plus the roof mount has a quiet mode for sleeping and it really is quiet.

    You're welcome to see it if our paths cross at Malvern or Bristol or Pembrey.

    Griff
     
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    I have tracked mine down to the garage, boxed in with the Alde, there are no obvious vents from the habitation area to 'feed' it, I can only presume it draws air from the garage area. Doesn't surprise me, I am convinced our Hymer was a prototype

    Not sure what I could do now anyway, but having just broken my skylight winder maybe I should trade it in :D
     
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    .....No,no,no, at least take up smoking and fill the ash trays first.....
     
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