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Old 07-30-2016, 10:33 PM   #101
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I will post a succession of pics for those following this mod. Can't seem to post multiple photos. You will see we decided to do a custom aluminum mounting plate back against the trailer wall and leave the propane mounted out front. This location protects the unit and is more aesthetically pleasing. If needed we will remove a propane bottle when running to allow better airflow, but it will probably be fine. We sandwiched rubber anti-vibration pads and bolted through to absorb some road shock and minimize vibration to the frame when unit is operating. In the the other pictures you will see the drain and power wire running down the curb side front corner and the insulated refrigerant lines running down the street side front corner. All the inside work is now complete. All it needs is final terminations on the outside unit and a startup (evacuation of lines with vacuum pump and releasing the refrigerant that comes pre-charged in the condenser).
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Old 07-30-2016, 10:34 PM   #102
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Old 07-30-2016, 10:35 PM   #103
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Old 07-30-2016, 10:36 PM   #104
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Old 07-30-2016, 10:38 PM   #105
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Close-up of mounting plate...notice it needs brackets at the back to compensate for the downward curvature of the frame
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Old 07-30-2016, 10:40 PM   #106
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Drain and power/control wire down curb side corner. Get covered with corner pad pieces.
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Old 07-30-2016, 10:43 PM   #107
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Refrigerant piping down the street side. Also gets covered with pad. It bulges out from the wall a little bit, but small price to pay.
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Old 07-30-2016, 10:48 PM   #108
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Refrigerant line set , 120V power and interconnection power/control lines leaving through floor of street side dinette seat near the other factory penetrations. They roll out and go very cleanly up to the outdoor unit on the tongue.
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Old 07-30-2016, 11:54 PM   #109
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The outdoor unit looks like it belongs there, and those corner pads (which Escape uses because the liner material wouldn't fit the interior shape otherwise) are certainly handy!

The rubber isolating mounts look like a good idea... as long as it doesn't tilt forward and backward with the accelerations and decelerations of travel. I don't know how stiff they are.

That's a substantial plate of aluminum. I don't know if I could stand to hand over the price of that, but it will certainly protect the bottom of the unit and provides a solid mounting platform. Dave, have you considered a lip along the front edge to protect the unit from stray stones off the road?

With the outdoor unit behind the propane tanks, is the plan still to add a removable cover for travel?
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Old 07-31-2016, 06:33 AM   #110
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The outdoor unit looks like it belongs there, and those corner pads (which Escape uses because the liner material wouldn't fit the interior shape otherwise) are certainly handy!

The rubber isolating mounts look like a good idea... as long as it doesn't tilt forward and backward with the accelerations and decelerations of travel. I don't know how stiff they are.

That's a substantial plate of aluminum. I don't know if I could stand to hand over the price of that, but it will certainly protect the bottom of the unit and provides a solid mounting platform. Dave, have you considered a lip along the front edge to protect the unit from stray stones off the road?

With the outdoor unit behind the propane tanks, is the plan still to add a removable cover for travel?
The vibration pads are pretty stiff so the unit can't rock too much, but soft enough to absorb vibration. The bolts are not completely tightened down super tight as they have jam nuts on the underside. We will probably use a strap around the unit during travel for good measure and take some stress off the mounting points.

We had thought about a tray configuration for the mounting plate with low sides, but determined it to be way overkill. We are still exploring a cover of some sort. Might be fabric or the customized 30 lb propane tank cover I spoke of previously, but it is less of an issue now since it is much more protected than out front, especially when the propane tanks have their cover on.

Thanks for all of your insight.
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