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Air conditioning.....

It's a must have, and of course it's 120V. So maybe an hour or so on the inverter, but after that it's generator/shore power time. I got all that.

What I haven't solved yet is how. I've been reading for a long time. I've seen window air conditioners out the back door. (not stealth)

I've seen the discussion on single and double tube portables. I've tried the single.... no good. And, they take up a lot of premium space.... And they're expensive which is weird as they have the same stuff in it as the window AC

Then there's roof AC's which are even more money and not stealth at all.....

At this point I intend to take the housing off the portable I have and seeing if I can reduce it's size and put it in a dedicated space with the walls being ducting.... separate the house and outside flow (a la two tube) In the back in the cargo bay....

And I'm looking at this:

https://www.summitracing.com/search/...ditioning-kits

Not cheap at all, but it could be worked into smaller spaces, with the cooler under the floor. I would need an electro motor to run the compressor.... Has anyone tried this?

All in all, I am not finding an elegant solution. What I would really like is a very small split system..... There's a video of a dude splitting a window AC.....


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There's a video of a dude splitting a window AC.....
He makes it look easy. Drill a couple of holes in the floor. Solder copper pipe. You should have your mechanic capture the freon first though. But otherwise skills most of us have.

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I can get a hold of an evacuation setup.

Here's another thought I had.... In boats I've dealt with marine air. Compressor and evaporator on one mount, inside, and the thing is cooled with sea water and a circulation pump. One could mount a radiator under the van with a big fan......


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Have you seen this? https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=61206

High efficiency residential split unit attached to large inverter and batteries.
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Well I stopped reading at two Tesla batteries. Holy **** that guy dropped some $!

Oscar I would like to see how you work this out. I forget where but someone here found a 12v AC unit. Big rig systems made by Dometic are split systems.

I did a bunch of research - turns out I can't afford AC lol. My best plan is to build a 12v powered cooler full of ice with a fan built in thingy.
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this one has an electric motor driving a vehicle AC compressor, you do not want to know the price without the batteries!

the truckers forums are reporting it will run on batteries for 10 or 11 hours.

http://www.arcticbreeze-truckac.com/

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Yeah, I've seen the arctic breeze.... the inside part is cool (haha) but the outside box is too large......


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Yeah, I've seen the arctic breeze.... the inside part is cool (haha) but the outside box is too large......
that is just the compressor/electric motor/evaporator box, you still have to find a home for 6 or 8 AGM batteries!

and it is also just one of several battery operated AC systems out there for sale for use in heavy trucks. last year i saw a 12 volt DC mini-split on ebay that took up a lot less room also being marketed for trucks.

here is the only other link i have:

https://cicionisprinter.com/transit/

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Like Eiko mentioned, I would think that a cheap window unit could be disassembled and the hot part (Compressor/Condenser/Fan) mounted in a cavity underneath, with the fan/evaporator in the passenger area. Plumb the connecting tubes and wire it into your inverter/shore power, then be chillin' like a villain.

Some of the smallest window units only pull about 100W AC. So, fairly efficient, all considered. Still, a hefty load on the batteries.

A cool idea, nonetheless. har har

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I think this was the video that made the forum rounds a year ago.
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