Posted 13 April 2012 - 05:17 PM
As well as cooling of course an a/c unit also dehumidifies the air. Does that make it any more desirable bearing in mind that damp can be an issue in vans.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 05:43 PM
i do use it in the uk but not on campsites as they seem to offend i mainly use it when i am parked up with the rest of the film unit
and have been working outside for 12 14 hrs in the blazing sun
its great if i can nip back to my van put the ac on for a few hrs before we wrap then come backto a long cool shower and a cold beer and a cool van to relax in
Edited by freddie, 13 April 2012 - 05:44 PM.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 05:49 PM
As for dehumidifying the thermostat minimum temperature is 18deg so cannot be used until the inside temp is above this! thinking of adding a bypass switch so I can use it first thing, but access to the parts is via the roof.
Edited by DeadMeatUK, 13 April 2012 - 06:05 PM.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:28 PM
We use it the UK and Europe to cool the van down when the van has been standing locked up all day BUT we do not use it at night as they can be noisy - not as noisy as a generator but still intrusive.
Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:09 AM
Roof mounted Dometic system fitted here - would not be without it....and to prove the point....
Bought a van in 2007 - first one with roof aircon. Replaced the van in 2008 - and fitted aircon. Removed the aircon prior to getting rid of the van and sold it as a unit. Bought a new van and did not want aircon. Missed it, so had it retro fitted.
Overseas - it's really good at night time - low setting, very quiet.
UK - it was used daily when the dog was alive and kicking - she would be sleeping blissfully in the cool whilst humans were sweating to death outdoors.
The weight might be a drawback for some - 25 - 30 kg depending upon the model.
The aircon can also provide gentle heat and on the occasion my boiler failed, in January 2011...enough said!
I find it particularly useful on humid days.
On a really hot day, but with a breeze, windows and roof vents open.
Horses for courses. There'll be folks who would rather spend the £1800 or there abouts on as many weekends away as possible etc. Others would stump up for the air con.
No easy answer.
Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:52 AM
The result is that I do the same as most people and just open a window when it's warm!
Posted 14 April 2012 - 08:02 AM
A few years ago even came home to find the shut up house fit to ignite with heat so we simply remade the caravan bed turned on the a/c and had a great night's sleep.
PS ideal for Sctoland if you're trying to keep midges out but weather is warm.
Posted 14 April 2012 - 08:38 AM
Posted 09 May 2012 - 01:41 PM
The big diffrence is the price - one site (eostis.com) is selling the portable air conditioniing unit at 1049.90 Euros.
So £450.00 seems like a stonking deal at http://www.CoolMyCamper.com
Posted 09 May 2012 - 01:58 PM
I considered a fitted unit but the cost put me off, The amcor cost me £200 and has run without issue for a month each year in the south of France. You cannot put a price on a good nights sleep.
Posted 10 May 2012 - 08:41 PM
Posted 11 May 2012 - 06:33 PM
Difficulty has been that if the vent points at neighbours unit they will not get much sleep. This was brought home to me by a French tenter who had to be plied with whiskey to placate him after a night in the firing line of my pipe.
It would be better I think to put a vent hole in the floor which should baffle some of the noise. Never had the bottle to get a vent hole cut but with the advent of Baileys wet locker damp issue I could send the air out that way without doing much more damage.
I have never come across an awning warmer outlet, my vent pipe is 4" so a big hole would be needed and it is not recomended to reduce the vent diameter or extended the vent hose length.
Posted 11 May 2012 - 08:13 PM
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