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NFranzen

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Adding roof top AC
« on: April 11, 2019, 02:39:45 PM »
I have a 2000 Dutchmen Voyager and it has a Max Air vent on top.  I want to take that off and replace it with a roof top AC unit.  I am no pro, but can install it myself.  I have not heard back from the company yet, but can anyone comment on the link below?  Do you think that will work for me?  Does it look like it has everything I need?  Thanks in advance!


https://www.my12voltstore.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=ACM135-ACDB
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Re: Adding roof top AC
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2019, 03:41:20 PM »
It should work, the biggest issue will likely be getting 120V AC power up to the vent opening.
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Re: Adding roof top AC
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2019, 06:48:08 PM »
Yes, it should work.  A word of caution.  A friend did as you, (on a pop-up camper) and turns out, the AC weight sagged in the roof a tad, and it did not drain well, puddled water, and leaked, causing roof rot.  He ended up taking an aluminum beam, rigging it inside on ceiling to add support and keep the roof from sagging.  Just consider this... 
Certainly a less expensive option would be a window AC, that you took in and out as needed?  I've seen them stuck in the sides and rears of campers. 

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Re: Adding roof top AC
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2019, 07:03:05 PM »
It should work, the biggest issue will likely be getting 120V AC power up to the vent opening.

Look on the ceiling next to the vent hole and see if you have a blank plate covering a receptacle box. If you do, it's prewired for a AC.  You can also check your RV entrance panel. There may already be a circuit breaker labeled for a AC
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Re: Adding roof top AC
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2019, 08:43:29 AM »
You need a non-ducted unit like the one in the link, but you may not need one that large (13,500 btu). A lesser btu rating might be lighter, a worthy consideration for a pop-up roof. Roof sag is a potential problem, as is the stress on you and the mechanism when lifting an extra 100 or so lbs.
Here is an 11,000 btu model (for example).https://www.rvpartscountry.com/Dometic-11000-BTU-Penguin-II-Low-Profile-Air-Conditioner-Top-Unit-Only_p_27564.html
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NFranzen

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Re: Adding roof top AC
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2019, 09:39:09 PM »
Thanks for all the replies folks, it is appreciated.
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Re: Adding roof top AC
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2019, 10:02:14 PM »
You need a non-ducted unit like the one in the link, but you may not need one that large (13,500 btu). A lesser btu rating might be lighter, a worthy consideration for a pop-up roof. Roof sag is a potential problem, as is the stress on you and the mechanism when lifting an extra 100 or so lbs.
Here is an 11,000 btu model (for example).https://www.rvpartscountry.com/Dometic-11000-BTU-Penguin-II-Low-Profile-Air-Conditioner-Top-Unit-Only_p_27564.html


That low profile is nice, but it weighs 101lbs it says.
I did find this one that is only 72lbs, seems like it might work?

https://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/rv-appliances/air-conditioner/air-conditioners-coleman-dometic/duo-therm-ii-air-conditioners_B57915?gclid=Cj0KCQjw7sDlBRC9ARIsAD-pDFqM4CDgTzdnv6R3JAn4WJjLiWGxNjY1CKlJVyA6PDdQJU_Bfei06JwaAsCmEALw_wcB


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Re: Adding roof top AC
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2019, 07:27:00 AM »
That looks like a great unit, remarkably lightweight  :))  Might be a tad overkill for a pop-up, but I have never heard anyone in a RV say they have 'too much AC'.

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Re: Adding roof top AC
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2019, 07:41:53 AM »
That low profile is nice, but it weighs 101lbs it says.
I did find this one that is only 72lbs, seems like it might work?

https://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/rv-appliances/air-conditioner/air-conditioners-coleman-dometic/duo-therm-ii-air-conditioners_B57915?gclid=Cj0KCQjw7sDlBRC9ARIsAD-pDFqM4CDgTzdnv6R3JAn4WJjLiWGxNjY1CKlJVyA6PDdQJU_Bfei06JwaAsCmEALw_wcB

This is the one I installed in our bedroom I also purchased the heat strip option. Works real good on damp days.
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NFranzen

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Re: Adding roof top AC
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2019, 09:32:20 AM »
This is the one I installed in our bedroom I also purchased the heat strip option. Works real good on damp days.

Awesome thank you.  I am leaning towards this one.
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