Pop Top Air cons

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 11:42
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Hi guys A mate has a jayco expanda and wants to know what the best roof top air con is? Its a 16ft van... Any recommendations on brands and models and where to get one?
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Reply By: Mikee5 - Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 13:01

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 13:01
Please be careful with your final choice. My dad paid a caravan repair workshop to fit a rooftop aircond to his Jayco Freedom pop top , it included fitting an external roof brace to support the additional weight on the pop roof. However the extra weight caused the roof to bow down around the a/c resulting in water leaking in. In spite of retuning to the workshop several times the result was never satisfactory. He ended up junking both the a/c and the whole roof, buying a replacement roof and being out of pocket several thousand dollars. He now has no a/c and a dry van. I would be making sure the warranty on the work covers an event like this.
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Follow Up By: Member - Alan C (SA) - Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 13:10

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 13:10
Best a/c is an Ibis. Situated just behind centre on the roof.
Extra heavy lifters are required, and a full width 50mm bracket to support the unit.
Then find a reputable caravan repairer, not a dealer.
Problem solved.
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 15:57

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 15:57
Far as I know, pop tops usually have floor based AC's because the AC adds too much weight for practical roof lifting - there are strategies for employing mechanical assistance with such tops, but there's not much point if the roof is incapable of carrying the extra weight. Ask Jayco ?
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Reply By: Member - Kevin S (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 16:35

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 16:35
How are you doing, Samtheman. I have a Dometic AC on the roof of my Coromal 526 off road pop top with the gas struts re gassed to a higher pressure. It is quite easy to pot up and down. To make sure the roof does not bow I place aluminium tube props between the top of the walls and the pop top when the roof is up. Just tapped in under pressure. One on each side directly below the AC unit.They came with the van.

AC units work hard on a pop top because so much heat passes through the skirt compared to walls in a full height van. Mine works OK. I certainly would not be without it.

There are good and bad dealers and caravan repairers. My AC was fitted by the dealer. I have no complaint with his work. Dealers often have contractors doing this kind of work for them rather than it being done by their own staff. ACs are a specialised area anyway.

From comments I have heard I think the Coromal roof is a bit more robust than the ones on Jayco pop tops.

Cheers,

Kevin
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