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#353689 - 05/15/08 12:33 PM Roof air VS window unit for 6X10 enclosed
EMARacing Offline
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I'm converting our new 6X10 enclosed trailer to a mini-mini toy hauler. I've already built a fold down bed and now am looking for cool air for those hot summer nights where we don't want to take the RV.

I know a 13.5 roof air will be more than enough, but total cost with install and wiring is going to run between $700-800. Going the cheaper route a window unit from one of the box stores I can cut that cost in half. The roof of the trailer will be insulated.

I guess my big question is will a window unit be enough? Or should I just pony up and get the overkill with reserve in the roof air?

Does anyone currently have a window unit in an enclosed trailer and does it cool enough at night to have to sleep under the covers?
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#353690 - 05/15/08 02:00 PM Re: Roof air VS window unit for 6X10 enclosed [Re: EMARacing]
Fender_Bender Offline
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Registered: 11/29/01
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John
The 6.5 x 16 foot enclosed trailer we had, had a 6000 btu air conditioner mounted
in the front, blowing to the back. It was WAY more than we needed. Never did we
use it on hi and turned it off most of the time. I even went as far as to build cabinets
on both sides.....
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#353691 - 05/15/08 05:23 PM Re: Roof air VS window unit for 6X10 enclosed [Re: EMARacing]
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the attachment is cut n pasted out of one of links below to help determine btu for the size area ... I think a 5000 btu should do fine since you are only cooling 60 sq. ft. but slightly larger would add a little insurance for really hot & humid days.

bigger isn't neccessarily better in determining what size a/c unit to use. if you have too big of an a/c unit, it will cool the area much quicker and cycle off. this will result in not properly dehumidifying the area leaving it with a cool and clammy feel. likewise, if you use a generator with to big of a a/c unit that cycles frequently since it's cooling much quicker, that could cause undue stress on the generator causing issues there also... (ha, I had to really think about that to keep it from sounding XXX rated )

here are a couple of links to some pretty informative reading dealing with air conditioning and basis for determining size for cooling & dehumidification. (using the html version, some of the tables might drop off)

Principles of Air Conditioning


Air Conditioners - How to Choose a Cooling System


Sears has several 5000-7000 btu window units that should do very well ... even one starting at $99.


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#353692 - 05/15/08 11:02 PM Re: Roof air VS window unit for 6X10 enclosed [Re: EMARacing]
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Thanks for the feedback guys. That makes my decision much easier. Looks like the $99 Sears special is right in my budget and size I need. Now a small quiet genny that will run it and recharge some batteries and I'll be set.
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#353693 - 05/16/08 05:56 PM Re: Roof air VS window unit for 6X10 enclosed [Re: EMARacing]
pmkkdx Offline
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going with the $99 a/c should leave you a bit more room on the generator to go a bit higher (and quieter) model.
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#353694 - 05/17/08 02:40 AM Re: Roof air VS window unit for 6X10 enclosed [Re: pmkkdx]
yzracer Offline
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Registered: 01/06/01
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Loc: Beaumont Tx
John, the Honda generators are about the quietest Ive seen. A little pricey but well worth the extra bucks. I bought one after the Hurricane, its a 3000is and it ran our house plus a window unit with no problem. They make smaller units also.
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#353695 - 05/17/08 02:56 AM Re: Roof air VS window unit for 6X10 enclosed [Re: yzracer]
EMARacing Offline
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I've been really impressed with the Champion generator, 3500W 30A RV plug, $289 at tractor supply. Not as quiet as a Honda, but really quiet compared to contractor generators. Only problem is its kinda big and overkill for what I need. But for the price I can't go wrong. Oh yeah, you can also get a 4 year replacement warranty for $70.
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#353696 - 05/21/08 02:27 AM Re: Roof air VS window unit for 6X10 enclosed [Re: EMARacing]
srsonicseller Offline
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Registered: 03/05/01
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We had a champion generator on our toyhauler, it worked great. Never had a problem. It was not as loud as some other generators we have had.

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#353697 - 06/11/08 09:22 PM Re: Roof air VS window unit for 6X10 enclosed [Re: srsonicseller]
Irishcoffee Offline
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Registered: 08/17/02
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And temp add on mufflers are a dime a dozen among dbr's. Little flex hose and you're done.

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#353698 - 08/10/08 04:24 AM Re: Roof air VS window unit for 6X10 enclosed [Re: Irishcoffee]
atvmxr Offline
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Registered: 09/27/07
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Loc: Black Cat Ridge, TX
so you are cutting a hole in the front of your trailer for the window unit? any issue with the window unit seeing 60-70 mph winds while in transport? I have one of those 6x10 cheapy trailers from Lowes and I want to start making it more comfortable for over night trips.

id appreciate any pics you guys can take to give me some ideas...

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