Fitting aircon to Viscount caravan (circa 1975)

Submitted: Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 10:18
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G'day all,

My wife and I are the proud owners of "Aunt Dolly" our wonderful Viscount caravan. She was built around 1975 and seems to be fitted for but not with aircon. The forward roof hatch is the right size and there is a switch labelled air conditioner next to it. The switch is wired up to a separate in 15A input plug. My question is, is the support structure already present to fit a roof mounted airconditioner? and will the added weight at that height affect the vans handling?

Cheers and stay shiny side up, Frank and Jo.
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Reply By: Notso - Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 11:26

Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 11:26
If it is it will have a steel H Frame in the ceiling structure around the hatch and running across to the side frame. I guess if you got a strong magnet and put it up against the ceiling it would be attracted to the steel structure if it's there.
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Follow Up By: Notso - Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 14:38

Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 14:38
If you get one of the lightweight Pop Top Air Cons they only weigh 30 kgs or so and I don't reckon they'd affect the handling.
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 17:11

Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 17:11
But if you want a more efficient unit which is very quiet and cheaper then fit a small domestic inverter unit. Caravan a/c units are not much different to the old window rattlers in streamlined box.
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Reply By: Villatranquilla - Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 20:02

Monday, Aug 05, 2013 at 20:02
I'd go for an el-cheapo domestic ac - preferably split system. We have had 2 roof top models (Ibis and Dometic) and would love to change - they are so noisy and expensive
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Reply By: Frank D2 - Tuesday, Aug 06, 2013 at 18:48

Tuesday, Aug 06, 2013 at 18:48
My thanks to all those who replied. You have given me much food for thought.

Cheers, Frank and Jo
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