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Old 03-24-2018, 10:31 PM   #1
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Small window air conditioner?

Has anyone installed a small room size air conditioner in the cabinet above the fridge in a classic style 17B? Mine is a 2011. I'm not sure I want to spend the $ on a celling mount dometic. The cabinet can be opened in the back to accommodate venting, but I'm not sure if this will work.

Thoughts? Advice?
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Old 03-24-2018, 10:55 PM   #2
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Are you hoping that the fridge vent will provide enough opening to exhaust the heat generated by the AC? I am not sure. Hot air rises, and besides, the fridge needs that exhaust opening or it may not cool as well as it would otherwise. And remember that condensation will form back there from the AC... where is that dripping water going to go? Just some things to think about.

I had a 16' x 7' KZ trailer for a while, and it came with a 5000 btu wall unit mounted up high with a dedicated grille opening on the outside wall. The trailer needed to be parked with at least a slight slope to that side so the water would run out and down the trailer's exterior, otherwise it could run inside and make a mess. Also the unit was woefully inadequate in weather over 90 degrees or so; 8000 btu would have been better.
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Old 03-24-2018, 11:07 PM   #3
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Are you hoping that the fridge vent will provide enough opening to exhaust the heat generated by the AC? I am not sure. Hot air rises, and besides, the fridge needs that exhaust opening or it may not cool as well as it would otherwise. And remember that condensation will form back there from the AC... where is that dripping water going to go? Just some things to think about.

I had a 16' x 7' KZ trailer for a while, and it came with a 5000 btu wall unit mounted up high with a dedicated grille opening on the outside wall. The trailer needed to be parked with at least a slight slope to that side so the water would run out and down the trailer's exterior, otherwise it could run inside and make a mess. Also the unit was woefully inadequate in weather over 90 degrees or so; 8000 btu would have been better.
Thanks for the input! Greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-25-2018, 02:46 AM   #4
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Originally Escapes (which were all 17' back then) had the air conditioner mounted in an upper cabinet this way; it can certainly work. It wasn't actually a window unit, but it was similar; the same design is still used in some small travel trailers of other brands.

Perhaps an owner of an early trailer can describe the installation in more detail, or Escape Trailer Industries can provide more information.
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