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Will it fit, Coleman Mach 8 install?

Iíve been searching, but havenít been able to find a pic or info on installing a Coleman Mach 8 in the rear 14Ē wide bay in a long wheelbase regular body Transit. I have a medium roof and the AC needs to go over the bed for walking head clearance. The problem is that the Mach 8 seems to be 21Ē long past the hole which puts it right at or beyond the end of the roof. This dimension is hard to measure from the bottom, so sure donít want to make a mistake.
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I had a Coleman Mach 8 installed in the rear of my 148 RB van and the conversion shop told me that they had to move it forward of the regular 14 in hatch cutout because the air conditioner would have over hung the back of the van. I think they used the next beam location. It's not too far from the maxxfan in the forward location.
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Please this post: https://www.fordtransitusaforum.com/...tml#post994004

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My Transit has a Dometic 13.5K BTU low profile air conditioner installed so the cut out is at the 14" rib spacing near the rear of the van. Like you, I wanted the air conditioner over the back bed to maintain the ceiling height clearance in the rest of the van. This Dometic model does extend all the way to the rear edge of the Transit roof. Hein makes a very nice frame adapter to fit an air conditioner to the Transit's arched roof. Here's a photo of how it looks on my medium height, non extended Transit:

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Coleman Mach 8 low profile in rear of long wheelbase T250. It goes all the way to the rear of van but not past.
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Many thanks for the replies, they give me a better idea of what might work. If I had a high roof I would mount the AC in the forward bay like Campervan Man. Any chance I could get a rear pic of the Dometic or Mach 8 you mounted in the rear bay?
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Here is a photo of the Dometic roof air conditioner at the rear of the van. If you use Hein's roof adapter frame, it adds about 1/2" of height under the air conditioner. I relocated some of the foam pads that Dometic placed under the air conditioner to compensate. Installing at this location not only has the correct 14" roof beam spacing to secure and support the front of the air conditioner, but also the weight of the rear is on the top of the rear door frame. If installed in other areas, the roof would require additional bracing to support the weight of the air conditioner, as the Transit roof is very thin.
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Here is my Mach 8 low profile installed in the last bay on long wheelbase high roof.
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Thanks again, Geo and Sportcoupe, just what I needed to proceed with my build.
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Just for you extended (EL) vans out there, if you install on the 14" spaced ribs, the rear of the AC unit will be well fwd of the rear of the van.

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