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Old 07-14-2016, 10:51 PM   #31
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Besides, there really is little heat loss there compared to all the windows.
... and you can make an insulated pad to put in the vent area if you want. It's a common 14" square vent.
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Old 07-14-2016, 11:16 PM   #32
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... and you can make an insulated pad to put in the vent area if you want. It's a common 14" square vent.
RV places sell them also.
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Old 07-15-2016, 12:08 AM   #33
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Jim, Brian, Cathy;
Thanks for the information about the vent. I have pretty much decided I want a 5.0TA, now I am working on convincing my wife. She still likes tent camping so I keep reminding her that she can still sleep in the tent.
I have several questions about the 2017 build of the 5.0 TA but I will ask them on another forum topic.
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Old 07-15-2016, 12:09 AM   #34
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I've read through the entire thread and noted a considerable amount of inaccurate information. The current technology in heat pumps is very different than just a couple of years ago. Manufacturers have many model offerings to address cooling operational efficiency and heating performance. Some currently offer models that provide up to 100% of the rated heating capacity at 5 degrees f and run to -20 outdoor temperatures. All offer both indoor and outdoor units that are extremely quiet. While most of these systems are installed in stationary applications they are not limited to stationary applications. In the example or an RV installation there would be no concerns beyond those with the conventional roof mounted units. Anyone considering doing this modification should have some HVAC background and access to some professional advise or assistance as the OP does. I would also recommend thoroughly reading through both the manufacturers specific product data and installation instructions prior to purchase and installation. That will insure critical things like proper clearance and electrical requirements are able to be met. Google is your friend. These documents and other helpful information from each manufacturer are easily sourced.
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Old 07-15-2016, 07:25 AM   #35
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She still likes tent camping so I keep reminding her that she can still sleep in the tent.
Yeah, and just how well did that go over?
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Old 07-15-2016, 08:37 PM   #36
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So I started the install today. Quite a bit of surgery to modify the front cabinet to hold the indoor unit. I was able recess the unit about 5" into the cabinet so it only protrudes about 3". I think it came out very well. The additional openings to the sides that were left from the original cabinet door openings will be infilled with oak grilles to allow for some air circulation in the cabinet void. It fits snug, but I still have to figure out how to secure the unit since it would typically mount on a plate on a wall. I notched the upper left corner cabinet and the lower dinette seat to allow the refrigerant piping to route down the wall behind the removable trim piece. I'll probably take the condensate drain the opposite direction and down the other side due to space. Started to think about the outside tongue arrangement too, but that will need to another post.
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Looks very nice- I bet those who need A/C are thinking this could be a really good thing. What tow vehicle do you have?
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Well Dave, now you're committed. Thanks for documenting this. Looking forward to more.
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So I started the install today. Quite a bit of surgery to modify the front cabinet to hold the indoor unit. I was able recess the unit about 5" into the cabinet so it only protrudes about 3". I think it came out very well. The additional openings to the sides that were left from the original cabinet door openings will be infilled with oak grilles to allow for some air circulation in the cabinet void. It fits snug, but I still have to figure out how to secure the unit since it would typically mount on a plate on a wall. I notched the upper left corner cabinet and the lower dinette seat to allow the refrigerant piping to route down the wall behind the removable trim piece. I'll probably take the condensate drain the opposite direction and down the other side due to space. Started to think about the outside tongue arrangement too, but that will need to another post.
Now that is thinking outside the box ! Pat
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Old 07-16-2016, 12:32 AM   #40
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I was able recess the unit about 5" into the cabinet so it only protrudes about 3". I think it came out very well. The additional openings to the sides that were left from the original cabinet door openings will be infilled with oak grilles to allow for some air circulation in the cabinet void.
Is there any need for air circulation in the cabinet space? I assume that the intake and exhaust are entirely exposed.

How about the remaining space - any creative idea for making use of that? Maybe a drop-down rack for something...
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