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Title: Can you mount air conditioner anywhere else than roof?
Post by: KarlW on June 26, 2009, 08:29:45 PM
I am converting a double decker bus to a motorhome and due to the already high roof, I am concerned about mounting the a/c to it. I have the space to mount it to the back or to a space next to the drivers compartment on the hood in the front. Here is a link to a bus that is the same model as mine so you can see what I mean by the front.

http://www.britishmodelbuses.com/Real%20bus%20pictures%20Large%20Images/Bristol%20Lodekka%20FLF_Stagecoach%2019953_O_Large.jpg

Your help is very much appreciated.
Title: Re: Can you mount air conditioner anywhere else than roof?
Post by: Tom on June 26, 2009, 08:34:54 PM
That bus photo brings back lots of memories from my childhood in the UK. I hope you'll document your project and post photos periodically, because a number of us will be interested in following the progress.

Can't answer your question, but hopefully one of our techies will be along soon.
Title: Re: Can you mount air conditioner anywhere else than roof?
Post by: KarlW on June 26, 2009, 08:41:54 PM
Absolutely. Just starting on it and got a long way to go, but I will definately be posting here.  ;)
Title: Re: Can you mount air conditioner anywhere else than roof?
Post by: baadpuppy on June 26, 2009, 08:42:50 PM
There's a coleman (http://www.rvcomfort.com/rvp/products/offroof/offroof.php) off roof model used in many RVs.  I'm hoping to use one myself in my school bus conversion.

Good luck with your conversion, and I hope you share information about your progress.  :)

I hope this helps,
jim
Title: Re: Can you mount air conditioner anywhere else than roof?
Post by: Ray D on June 26, 2009, 09:18:36 PM
Gotta ask. Can't help myself.

How tall is that bus?  ???

Ray D  :)
Title: Re: Can you mount air conditioner anywhere else than roof?
Post by: Tom on June 26, 2009, 09:21:59 PM
Mighty tall. Imagine folks can stand up on both levels, and I don't ever recall anyone having to stoop. OTOH I don't recall any 7+ foot guys or gals who used to ride those buses.
Title: Re: Can you mount air conditioner anywhere else than roof?
Post by: Gary RV_Wizard on June 27, 2009, 08:37:53 AM
You can mount it anywhere it can get adequate airflow over the coils. Remember the fan is noisy and a lot of water (condensation) runs out from under it on humid days.
Title: Re: Can you mount air conditioner anywhere else than roof?
Post by: Lou Schneider on June 27, 2009, 12:21:06 PM
How about using a ductless split air conditioner (http://www.friedrich.com/products/MLineOverview.php?line=DSS) instead of a typical RV unit?  Mount the outdoor unit down low and hang the indoor cooler(s) where you want them.

Do a Google search - there are several brands and prices for these.

BTW... I don't know what you mean by "rear mount" but I don't think you can mount a typical RV air conditioner on a vertical surface.
Title: Re: Can you mount air conditioner anywhere else than roof?
Post by: KarlW on June 27, 2009, 08:26:26 PM
Gotta ask. Can't help myself.

How tall is that bus?  ???

Ray D  :)

Thanks for your responses.

The bus is 13ft 3in. tall. I stand 5'7" tall, and my head has another 6 inches above it till you hit the roof (maybe a few more inches on top floor. So it isn't incredibily roomy in height, but it makes up for it in overal space being 8 ft wide and about 30 ft long or 430 sq ft (with bottom floor being shorter in length than the top). I want to full time but could not imagine living in a 30 something foot class A with me, my wife and my two children. Also, I could not afford one of those 100+ thousand dollar coaches. One day I was joking and said we should convert a double decker bus and one google search later we found one near by on craigslist. Waited a year and the guy dropped the price from $6,000 to $1,000. So here we go. haha.
Title: Re: Can you mount air conditioner anywhere else than roof?
Post by: Jackliz on June 28, 2009, 01:02:08 PM
Howdy, Karl.
Some buses use basement air conditioners.  There are bus conversion web sites that may give you further information. Bus Nuts Online is one. A search on Google might turn up additional sites. Also you might search on Neoplan buses, they are/were double-deckers.

Good luck,
Liz Pearce