Portable Air Conditioners

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 at 21:06
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Hi all, I was wondering if anyone had any experience with portable air conditioners? We are currently exploring the possibility of getting a 2.95Kw. Hotpoint for our Goldstream Storm camper Van, I'd be interested to hear from anyone who has a portable A/C in any type of van.
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Reply By: D200Dug- Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 at 22:02

Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 at 22:02
Not in a van but we bought a Tecoair from HN for this summer while we are in rented accommodation, It is not the greatest aircon ever bulky and very noisy but on 40o+ days it is really really nice to have one cool room in the house to escape to.

At $700+ for the unit it was not cheap but we will give it to our kids when our house is finished and we have split system wall aircon fitted.
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 at 23:30

Saturday, Jan 16, 2010 at 23:30
I just bought a 12000BTU Hotpoint and I reckon its great, its ion a room but in a van it would be spectacular.
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Reply By: Best Off Road - Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 08:48

Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 08:48
We recently bought a Nobocool from Hardly Normal, about $800 and 18,000 BTU. The beauty of this unit is that it has "misting" technology meaning there is no need to empty a water tank.

It cools the office in our factory which has a very big window that gets the afternoon sun. It does an excellent job BUT it is very bulky and heavy (about 55 kg). It also draws 2300 watts, so it would need a big genearator if you're away from power.

Quite noisy if that bothers you, but me, I'd tolerate listening to Kylie Minogue if it meant being cool.

You've also got to run the exhaust hose somewhere.

On balance, if you've got the space and can find somewhere to run the hose it's not a bad option and a lot cheaper than a fitted unit. Also gives you the option of using it at home.

Jim.

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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 10:54

Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 10:54
"I'd tolerate listening to Kylie Minogue" too especially if she was whispering sweet nothings in my ear
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Follow Up By: Member - Neville & Sally C (VI - Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 11:51

Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 11:51
Hi Jim, The newer Dimplex model that we have is quite good. The exhaust tube gets a bit hot but ours goes out t he window. As for the noise, it may be a bit
much in a caravan but in our house it's O.K.
Hubby will tell you that it is nowhere near as bad as Kylie Minogue !
Take care. Safe travels.
Bye Sally.
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Reply By: Member - Axle - Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 10:00

Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 10:00
We had a Dimplex portable for a while, it now resides in the junk pile in the garage!....Purchase price a joke,...Noise!, like sleeping beside a railway track.

And if the outside temperature equals the exhaust temp they cut out.



Cheers Axle.
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Follow Up By: Best Off Road - Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 10:16

Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 10:16
Axle,

They have improved vastly over the years. A former neighbour was of the same opinion as you with an older model.

Our youngest Son has a 12,000 BTU Dimplex in his bedroom and it works a treat (it's just over a year old). Only problem with it is that it needs to have the water tank emptied.

Regards,

Jim.

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Follow Up By: Member - Axle - Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 11:11

Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 11:11
Fair enough Jim, ...As long as the price has improved as well..lol.




Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: bennyzbit - Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 10:44

Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 10:44
Hi AusSteve,

I went down this portable aircon route just a few days ago and as always got a lots of advice from EO People.

I will let you read my post and the responses #75095 rather than repeat what is already there. On the strength of them we decided not to go down the portable (refrigerated) a/cons.

Regards
Benny
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Reply By: PradOz - Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 17:37

Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 17:37
Hi - have a look at the following recent threads

75171
75169
75140
75095

hope they help you, cheers....
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Follow Up By: PradOz - Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 17:41

Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 17:41
In relation to thread 75171, a visit to a motor trimmer or canvas repairer etc could help by making a velcro window panel at a position to suit an air conditioner that is put into position after you erect the camper. When not needed simply use velcro window panel. (If I end up keeping my own camper I may do this myself - time will tell)
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Reply By: AusSteve - Monday, Jan 18, 2010 at 21:06

Monday, Jan 18, 2010 at 21:06
Thanks for all the replies guys, it would seem, on balance, that possible portable may not be the best option. Will continue to ponder & consider domestic split systems.
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