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Front rear A/C

Anyone have pictures of the cargo van with the rear A/C yet?
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StarGazer will have one soon. I know he ordered rear air, I THINK he ordered the cargo van.
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I doubt it will be too soon. My vin is 43061 which may be some time out.

Hope it is not in the way too much. My wife does dog shows and uses the one in her Honda mini van all the time. I was going to get the HD alt and the rear AC was only like $500 additional so seemed like a good deal.

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I was going to get the HD alt and the rear AC was only like $500 additional so seemed like a good deal.
Yeah, that's the only reason I originally ordered it. Plus I had wrongly assumed that it included rear heat. I had it deleted from my order and just added the HD alternator instead.
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Yeah, that's the only reason I originally ordered it. Plus I had wrongly assumed that it included rear heat. I had it deleted from my order and just added the HD alternator instead.
mmmm I am also ordering the HD alternator. I was thinking of adding the rear AC as well, but your response gives me pause. Why give it all up just because it does not have rear heat?
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mmmm I am also ordering the HD alternator. I was thinking of adding the rear AC as well, but your response gives me pause. Why give it all up just because it does not have rear heat?

In my case I would like rear heat, but I never really even use the front A/C except for rare occasions. When I realized that not only would the rear A/C box at the left rear interfere with my aluminum bunk beds I salvaged from my Sprinter, but that additionally the ceiling air plenum/duct/distribution center would also leave no roof space for fans I knew I was better off without it.
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hood, there was an extended discussion about the rear A/C in a Wagon, and how a similar configuration in a Van would affect various DIY builds being planned. orton posted photos and great details, which I will now try to locate.

Here is orton's 10/24 post about the Wagon with rear A/C:

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On 10/28 orton posted photos:

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In my case I would like rear heat, but I never really even use the front A/C except for rare occasions. When I realized that not only would the rear A/C box at the left rear interfere with my aluminum bunk beds I salvaged from my Sprinter, but that additionally the ceiling air plenum/duct/distribution center would also leave no roof space for fans I knew I was better off without it.
FYI I will be installing a Broan Model 124 electric heater in the back of my conversion. It is a 750/1500 watt electric heater. Easy to change it to 750 watts. I also will be installing a 1000 watt pure sine inverter powered by the Transit 12 volt system. Inverter will run the heater while driving.

The other uses for the inverter are to power a electric water heater and to supply 120v AC to the house inverter/charger/transfer switch.

There will be a 4 position selector switch to select air heat or water heat or charging or off. In the Sprinter conversion I found that running the "vehicle" inverter while driving made a big difference in the house battery charging. The largest load is the refrigerator. It is a 12v DC/120v AC refrigerator that automatically runs on 120v AC when it is available. By turning on the inverter all the solar amperage goes to battery charging instead of part for charging and part to run the refrigerator.
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I like the set-up, but a sleeping bag for each rear passenger while I drive at night should suffice. I told my wife about your electric blanket idea and thought I'd incorporate it, but she said she did fine before and really didn't need one.
But I know I can always get the bigger inverter and run a 750 watt heater if the need arises thanks to your input.
How will you wire in the 1000 watt inverter? Directly from the battery terminals ?
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I like the set-up, but a sleeping bag for each rear passenger while I drive at night should suffice. I told my wife about your electric blanket idea and thought I'd incorporate it, but she said she did fine before and really didn't need one.
But I know I can always get the bigger inverter and run a 750 watt heater if the need arises thanks to your input.
How will you wire in the 1000 watt inverter? Directly from the battery terminals ?
Good question. Do not know. Direct to battery terminals with a fuse may be required. The 3 upfitters terminals apparently are 60 amps each. Will have to see what is there.

On the Sprinter for the 600 watt inverter I used the same system that Mercedes used to connect their optional aux. battery.
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