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Hi, I am looking for some advice/help with an idea I have. Homebase are selling what appeares to be a very good domestic aircon unit for£89.95, a good price I think, 9000 btu cooling,20 sq meter room capacity.This unit is however too big to free stand in the MH, soooooo I was wondering about dismantling the unit from the casing and installing in belly locker of the Hymer, thus allowing easy venting of warm air to outside and cold air to inside. Anybody like the idea or think it a non starter for some reason that I have missed.
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Hi, I am looking for some advice/help with an idea I have. Homebase are selling what appeares to be a very good domestic aircon unit for£89.95, a good price I think, 9000 btu cooling,20 sq meter room capacity.This unit is however too big to free stand in the MH, soooooo I was wondering about dismantling the unit from the casing and installing in belly locker of the Hymer, thus allowing easy venting of warm air to outside and cold air to inside. Anybody like the idea or think it a non starter for some reason that I have missed.
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I spotted that somewhere and meant to post it on here, sounds a good idea but watch where the water condensation would go, not sure how these units operate.

We put some of these in our restaurant, found them cheaper to run than commercial units and SO MUCH CHEAPER to buy.

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Look at the wattage on them if it is to high then you could run into trouble with a lot of site as they only 6 amp.

Also their is also refrigeration gas between the the compressor and the evaporator, you will need the services of fridge engineer to reclaim the gas from the unit and you will have to re-gas the system once it is installed. This is not cheap You cannot lay the units on their sides or on it's back. the compressor has to be upright.

You may be better looking for a second hand unit to fit on the roof.

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Isn't the idea of ceiling mounting, being that cold air sinks, as opposed to hot air rising.

If I'm understanding what you're proposing with the unit at ground level, you'll have nice cold feet but that's about all


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Hello Curlyboy

I would not say it was a non starter. What I would say is it could turn out to be an involved and specialist job and you know how me we charge!?.

It is something I have considered doing and mentioned it on here. The reason being is because of the massive cost of Habitation air conditioning from the likes of Waeco/Dometic and Truma. Good quality Mitsubishi Inverter Technology Domestic Air-Conditioners for home or office Start around £200+VAT Trade. Yet Dometics are around are around the £1000 mark retail.

The problem with adopting a portable for use in a locker is you may need to split the pipework. This would involve recovering the refrigerant, re-piping and then evacuating and recharging the system with refrigerant.

There are two designs of Portable for disposing of condensate. One way is the water is blown out with the condenser air exhaust and the other is by way of gravity drain into a tank. The tank versions will need regular emptying in very hot humid weather so the only way around this would be to fit a drain out under the van.

If I knew what the unit you are considering looked like, I may be able to help you further.

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I once converted a very cheap domestic Goldstar compressor dehumidifier into an airconditioning unit.

It was easy to do. All I needed to do was swing the condenser unit out of the casing and fit an extra fan to get rid of the heat.
Luckily I managed to bend the gas pipework without fracturing it.

It served me well in my little shop for a few years!
 

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pippin said:
I once converted a very cheap domestic Goldstar compressor dehumidifier into an airconditioning unit.

It was easy to do. All I needed to do was swing the condenser unit out of the casing and fit an extra fan to get rid of the heat.
Luckily I managed to bend the gas pipework without fracturing it.

It served me well in my little shop for a few years!
Sounds Like a Cool Job well done!
 
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