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Old 12-06-2022, 08:17 PM   #1
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Remove roof AC and use portable room AC when camping during summer

Ok, has anyone done this and what is your feedback.

Currently have 21 foot travel trailer and most trips are either spring or fall so no AC needed.

The roof AC is stupid loud and for that reason alone I want to get rid of it but the plan would be remove it and replace with another roof vent then buy a portable room AC to use on the rare occasions I camp in the summer. (usually SC or CO visiting family)

I pack light so am not worried about the portable AC taking up floor space and it would only be brought along for the summer trips.

Also I do all my own work and camper mods so the cost would only be for another vent. To be honest I am almost certain I'm going to do this but it never hurts to ask if other people have done it and how they felt after the change was done.

For the record I am not worried about resale value with the roof AC gone, even if I do sell the camper some day then, whatever.
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Old 12-06-2022, 08:29 PM   #2
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Why remove the A/C unit. Maybe try to use a small window A/C unit. Agree the A/C units are loud. I had two on my 5th wheel. When sleeping we would only run the A/C in the living area. That way we could sleep.

I can see cutting a rectangle out of a wall to fit a window A/C unit but that would ruin your trailer maybe. If you could do it in a way to make it nice like trim work and even a way to fill it in nice and tight if not using the window A/C unit. I have seen this done with seasonal trailers that stay on site but they looked crappy.

Again I would not remove the factory installed A/C unit but rather try to add a window unit.
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Old 12-06-2022, 08:38 PM   #3
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Window unit is a non starter. A, the hobo look alone would kill the deal and secondly, there is no way to mount a heavy window AC in the tip out windows.

Now I had considered building in a window AC fitting it under the lower bunk but that is a huge job and I'm really not interested in a permanent AC for how little use it gets. Appreciate the input though.
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I agree with not removing the roof A/C. You'll ruin the TT. I have friends that carry a small swamp cooler for additional cooling. It stores under their dinette when not in use.
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We hardly ever use our AC as well, as we camp more remote. Guessing you donít have a fan already installed.
We have a fantastic fan directly above the bed, so really no reason to remove the AC. We do love the fantastic fan. Does a great job of cooling down the trailer at night.
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All the portable air conditioners I've used are more noisy than the roof air.

In case you never used one, I suggest you listen to a few before deciding.

Also, units with intake and exhaust hoses are better than the ones with a single vent hose.
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I agree with not removing the roof A/C. You'll ruin the TT. I have friends that carry a small swamp cooler for additional cooling. It stores under their dinette when not in use.
Won't ruin it, quite frankly it will look better without that huge black box up there.

Swamp cooler is an option but it ain't gonna work in SC by the ocean in July.


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We hardly ever use our AC as well, as we camp more remote. Guessing you don’t have a fan already installed.
We have a fantastic fan directly above the bed, so really no reason to remove the AC. We do love the fantastic fan. Does a great job of cooling down the trailer at night.
Have 3 other vents. One in the bathroom and 2 in the living area. I would use the cash from the sale of the roof AC towards 4 maxxair vent fans the one in there now are the single speed Hengs and they are terrible. Camper is a 2016 with very little use, the AC should bring a fair amount.


Appreciate the input.
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All the portable air conditioners I've used are more noisy than the roof air.

In case you never used one, I suggest you listen to a few before deciding.

Also, units with intake and exhaust hoses are better than the ones with a single vent hose.

I had an 8k portable in my Taxa Cricket a few years ago and it was relatively quiet, quiet enough to easily sleep with it running.

Guessing a 12k unit makes more noise but I'd bet good money that nothing is as loud as the roof AC in my camper. We have a portable 10k in an upstairs bedroom (big window, faces the sun, hottest room in the house) I'll have to pay more attention to how loud it is, it is my kids room and I'm rarely in there when it is running.

Will be a good test to put it in the camper on a hot day and see how it performs and how loud it is.


I'd get the dual vent portable and would vent though the wall or floor using marine deck plates so the hole would be sealed tight when not using the AC, this was the set up in the Cricket.

Another option is putting the portable on the trailer tongue in a vented weatherproof enclosure with a hose set up to only allow the cool air into the camper, once again though that is a major mod that I'm not really keen on doing.
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Noise cancelling sleep buds/ear buds?
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You'll want that noisy AC when you go to SC in the summer.
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Noise cancelling sleep buds/ear buds?
A good option.


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You'll want that noisy AC when you go to SC in the summer.
I know, that is why the camper will still have AC.
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More money. More work. Residential mini-split.
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I have one of those floor models on wheels that does heat, AC, and dehumidifies, on my enclosed porch. It doesn't do a very good job and it's pretty bulky. I would stay away from those.
Why not just replace the current AC with a newer, more quiet AC?
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More money. More work. Residential mini-split.
Agreed, it would be the best option for sure and I did look into it, but yeah too big of a job.

The mini split should be the future of the RV worlds AC situation.
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