chillin’ 7/30 2016

Chillin’ finally! When we bought our camper new in 2010 we opted to not have a rooftop air conditioner installed. The camper came with a Fantastic Fan in the cab over vent and through most of our summers it did fine. The last couple years the summers have gotten hotter and for longer periods. It got to the point that I said enough was enough and we wanted to get a air conditioner.

I did a good amount of research and knew what brand and model I wanted. I chose the Coleman Mach Cub. It is a 9200 BTU unit and it is a low profile too. In fact, it is lower than my vent covers so I still maintain a 12 foot height for my set up.  Another reason for that unit is that my Yamaha 2000 model generator will run the air conditioner. A bigger more common unit wont work with that size generator. The bigger units are overkill for smaller RV’s anyway.

I called a couple of the local RV parts stores in town and to my surprise one of them had it in stock. Wow, I thought for sure I would have to order it. So I went and picked the unit up and brought it home.

bringing the ac home

bringing the ac home

The next morning I would install the air conditioner with help from Joanne. The hardest part of the whole install was getting the unit up on the roof. My camper is prewired for air conditioning. My vents are a standard 14″x14″ so no cutting or adjusting was needed. Install was just a couple hours.

First step was to remove the vent cover and then the actual vent.

the rear vent was where the ac would go.

the rear vent was where the ac would go.

the vent completely removed. you can see the prewired power there.

the vent completely removed. you can see the prewired power there.

We used two ladders and Joanne went up one ladder while I went up the other, lifting the new air conditioner to the top. It was a bit tricky but we got it done without too much trouble. Time to start getting it installed now. The directions, yes…I read the directions…were easy to understand and had good pictures to help.

got the unit centered where it should be

got the unit centered where it should be

adding the duct to it.

adding the duct to it.

power install was a snap.

power install was a snap.

easy two knob controls for the mach unit

easy two knob controls for the mach unit

completed install from the inside.

completed install from the inside.

completed install from the rooftop.

completed install from the rooftop.

I let the unit run and cycle the compressor on and off a couple times and checked to make sure it cooled the way it should. Everything worked perfectly. Next step was to unplug the camper from power and start up my generator. The air conditioner worked great on generator usage too. The only thing I had to do different with my generator was turn the economy mode off. So the generator runs at high idle all the time. With it on economy mode it did trip the safety when the compressor started up.

So there it is, a new air conditioner installed. Overall and easy job that can be done by nearly anyone.

We are now chillin’!

 

chillin’ 7/30 2016