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Old 11-16-2018, 01:00 PM   #1
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Pictures of portable AC Exhaust Through Window?

Hi All!

Not an owner as of yet but getting very close to pulling the trigger. Living in the Southwest, AC is an absolute must, but I’m seeing units in the for sale forum without AC just languishing. My thought is to use one of those portable AC units that have an exhaust hose that you install in a window to vent the hot air.

Does anyone out there have any pics of how this might work in an Escape? I couldn’t even find videos on YouTube of how the windows themselves on an Escape work.

Basically I need to know if the plastic “plate” thing that the exhaust hose attaches to (or even one that I might fashion myself) that you set in the window frame will work with the windows?

Not really interested in getting rooftop or any other permanent fix as the whole point of a trailer without AC is to save the money that is often knocked off the asking price.

The AC would only come into play on the hot days of summer, so while it’s not an ideal solution, it’ll do the job for those few months of the year.

Thanks all!
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Old 11-16-2018, 02:45 PM   #2
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Hi All!

Not an owner as of yet but getting very close to pulling the trigger. Living in the Southwest, AC is an absolute must, but Iím seeing units in the for sale forum without AC just languishing. My thought is to use one of those portable AC units that have an exhaust hose that you install in a window to vent the hot air.

Does anyone out there have any pics of how this might work in an Escape? I couldnít even find videos on YouTube of how the windows themselves on an Escape work.

Basically I need to know if the plastic ďplateĒ thing that the exhaust hose attaches to (or even one that I might fashion myself) that you set in the window frame will work with the windows?

Not really interested in getting rooftop or any other permanent fix as the whole point of a trailer without AC is to save the money that is often knocked off the asking price.

The AC would only come into play on the hot days of summer, so while itís not an ideal solution, itíll do the job for those few months of the year.

Thanks all!

Ron in B.C. is the only one I am aware of, mstrsltr :

Install an air conditioner yourself
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Old 11-16-2018, 03:15 PM   #3
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An impressive solution, but not really what I’m after.

That’s a plain ‘ol window unit he’s using, in the escape hatch no less! I’m talking about a portable AC unit with the exhaust hose that mounts in a window. I’ve seen people achieve it with sliding windows on other trailers, but haven’t seen an Escape specifically.

Thanks for your reply tho!
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Old 11-16-2018, 04:29 PM   #4
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THIS is what you need to do

Ductless A/C install....

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Old 11-16-2018, 05:59 PM   #5
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An impressive solution, but not really what Iím after.

Thatís a plain Ďol window unit heís using, in the escape hatch no less! Iím talking about a portable AC unit with the exhaust hose that mounts in a window. Iíve seen people achieve it with sliding windows on other trailers, but havenít seen an Escape specifically.

Thanks for your reply tho!
Perhaps you can be the first in this endeavor, someone has to be the first?
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Old 11-16-2018, 08:05 PM   #6
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If the OP is really intent, I suggest adding a dedicated exhaust port through the side wall with an outside hatch to open when the AC is in use - add some bug screen, and you're good to go.
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Old 11-16-2018, 08:34 PM   #7
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The better portable air conditioners have both intake and exhaust hoses, so they don't blow your conditioned air outside only to be replaced by more hot and moist air through a window or other vent. That means planning for a plate in a window that handles both hoses, or two fittings through the wall.

I have one of these portable units (used in the house), and although it has only half the cooling capacity of a typical RV unit it seems like a really bulky thing to have in a trailer.
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The better portable air conditioners have both intake and exhaust hoses, so they don't blow your conditioned air outside only to be replaced by more hot and moist air through a window or other vent. That means planning for a plate in a window that handles both hoses, or two fittings through the wall.

I have one of these portable units (used in the house), and although it has only half the cooling capacity of a typical RV unit it seems like a really bulky thing to have in a trailer.
True, the one I use has a 2x2 footprint and is 3 feet tall.
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Old 11-17-2018, 08:17 AM   #9
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I did the mini-split install that was linked in post #4, but that is way beyond what the OP appears to be looking for. The portables are typically bulky and loud. The best Iíve used is a commercial unit made by Tripp Lite, but that will set you back some serious cash. Iím sure some custom port(s) could be furnished at a slider window or through an access hatch, but it will be clumsy.
https://www.grainger.com/product/TRI...idential-6RHW7

You may want to consider having the unit outside which of course comes with other challenges including weight, but should be quieter unless the velocity of the ducts are too high and some machine noise travels in through the ducts.

https://climateright.com/
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I think the best solution is to obtain the roof top shroud from Escape and install just like the factory. On my Escape 19 2010 model, without air, the wiring was already present for the air conditioner. Another option is to take the unit to the factory and have them do it. This puts the unit in the standard mounting location used by millions of RV's and eliminates some serious "kludge" issues.
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I did the mini-split install that was linked in post #4, but that is way beyond what the OP appears to be looking for. The portables are typically bulky and loud. The best Iíve used is a commercial unit made by Tripp Lite, but that will set you back some serious cash. Iím sure some custom port(s) could be furnished at a slider window or through an access hatch, but it will be clumsy.
https://www.grainger.com/product/TRI...idential-6RHW7

You may want to consider having the unit outside which of course comes with other challenges including weight, but should be quieter unless the velocity of the ducts are too high and some machine noise travels in through the ducts.

https://climateright.com/
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That little climateright is a neat little rig, and portable enough to carry on a cargo tray on the back. Then a folding table for its eventual location. Cracked me up that the website had teardrop and especially tent applications, I thought I was one of the only few rednecks in a tent with a window unit A/C ducted into it 20 years ago!
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For a while I toyed with the idea of attaching an ice cube tray to this fan. A nineteenth century solution but it would work. Gave that up, bought a roof air conditioner, installed myself, saved $500bucks. Used it twice in 4 years. Fan? Many times.
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I used one of these before a/c, worked pretty good and 12volts
Portable Cooler Air Conditioner 12 volt by KoolerAire $39.95
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Old 11-17-2018, 10:35 AM   #14
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I once watched a guy on U-tube showing how he built that very cooler himself! It's quiet, cheap, clearly more practical than hanging ice cubes in front of a fan.
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