Retro-fitting [email protected] 320s for the new Elwell Air8 AC

Has anyone explored the possibility of retrofitting a 320 that has the residential style AC with the new Air8?

I am interested in a system that can handle higher temperatures better.

Jenn Grover | 2015 320 S | 2018 Jeep Grand WK2 | Nights in [email protected]: 211 | Pittsburgh

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  • ChanWChanW Posts: 2,447Member
    edited July 5
    I checked out their website. It says 'no sidewall penetration'. How does the waste heat get out? The bottom?
    Chan       --         Buffalo NY (Beau Fleuve)
    2014 'S' Maxx - 2011 Tacoma 4cyl Access Cab
  • Sharon_is_SAMSharon_is_SAM Posts: 4,828Moderator
    Here are pics here on the forum of the intake and exhaust vents under the trailer.  

    https://tab-rv.vanillacommunity.com/discussion/comment/118874#Comment_118874
    Sharon / 2017 [email protected] CSS / 2015 Toyota Sienna Minivan / Cleveland Heights, Ohio
       
                                           
  • ChanWChanW Posts: 2,447Member
    edited July 5
    Ah... Thanks @Sharon_is_SAM.

    Is it susceptible to 'puddle-splash', or have they come up with a factory mod for it being so exposed?

    It seems like the AC unit being positioned to the rear of the axle in the 320, would be a great aid to balancing a heavy tongue.

    Is there room opposite the Alde?

    But then I wonder how efficient it would be having the AC on the floor, when it's preferable to inject AC cool air at the ceiling... Running duct work in the 320 might be a bit of a challenge. Maybe run it up the rear corners, boxed in and blowing out near the speakers...
    Chan       --         Buffalo NY (Beau Fleuve)
    2014 'S' Maxx - 2011 Tacoma 4cyl Access Cab
  • jkjennjkjenn Posts: 5,484Member
    ChanW said:
    Ah... Thanks @Sharon_is_SAM.

    Is it susceptible to 'puddle-splash', or have they come up with a factory mod for it being so exposed?

    It seems like the AC unit being positioned to the rear of the axle in the 320, would be a great aid to balancing a heavy tongue.

    Is there room opposite the Alde?

    But then I wonder how efficient it would be having the AC on the floor, when it's preferable to inject AC cool air at the ceiling... Running duct work in the 320 might be a bit of a challenge. Maybe run it up the rear corners, boxed in and blowing out near the speakers...
    Good questions. I have not really heard anything q+pabout puddle splash and am iinterested in this, also. I know they are working out a fix to a problem with the baffles in the exhaust area so I am not in any hurry to do this, but I might want to look at in the first quarter as I might be planning a trip to Southeast Utah in the spring.

    Yes, opposite the Alde is where it is located and I would think there should be plenty ty of room  
    From what I understand, the ductwork, in addition to being low, runs up the wall where the Alde control panel and shower access are and is higher so that probably helps. 

    Interesting ideas about the speakers, the only thing is that you would have exposed ductwork when the bed is down. 

    Jenn Grover | 2015 320 S | 2018 Jeep Grand WK2 | Nights in [email protected]: 211 | Pittsburgh

  • ChanWChanW Posts: 2,447Member
    edited July 5
    I figured boxing-in the corners below the cabinets with birch, would be a good solution, like the later 320’s have. But maybe higher up over by the shower makes more sense. 

    I'm a little discouraged though, after reading about those problems with exhaust heat / intake mixing. Sounds too similar to the stock AC problem!
    Chan       --         Buffalo NY (Beau Fleuve)
    2014 'S' Maxx - 2011 Tacoma 4cyl Access Cab
  • ChanWChanW Posts: 2,447Member
    Any idea as to the cost of this AC unit?
    Chan       --         Buffalo NY (Beau Fleuve)
    2014 'S' Maxx - 2011 Tacoma 4cyl Access Cab
  • jkjennjkjenn Posts: 5,484Member
    ChanW said:
    Any idea as to the cost of this AC unit?
    Not yet.

    Jenn Grover | 2015 320 S | 2018 Jeep Grand WK2 | Nights in [email protected]: 211 | Pittsburgh

  • kybobkybob Posts: 233Member
    I asked Austin about this at uCamp. I believe he said that it was possible to do the switch, but it was not financially feasible. 
    2018 Outback S, Silver/Black - 2015 Silver Honda Pilot 4WD - Florence, KY

  • ColleenD2ColleenD2 Posts: 355Member
    Do the U and the S have different A/C units in the nüCamp models prior to 2020? Man, we keep ours in the 60s and have no trouble keeping it cool even when the temp is in the 100s. 

    Travelers from Downtown St. Louis, Missouri
    2018 Ford Edge SEL AWD
    2019 custom [email protected] 320 U Boondock Lite-ish

  • VictoriaPVictoriaP Posts: 271Member
    ColleenD2 said:
    Do the U and the S have different A/C units in the nüCamp models prior to 2020? Man, we keep ours in the 60s and have no trouble keeping it cool even when the temp is in the 100s. 
    Yes. U model has a CoolCat, I believe. S model has a 5000 BTU window air conditioner, most recently a unit by Danby.
    2019 320s BD Lite, white with blue (“Haven”)
    2015 Subaru Outback 3.6r 
    Pacific NW
  • ColleenD2ColleenD2 Posts: 355Member
    edited July 9
    We don’t have a Coolcat and we have a 2019 U. Ours is a Danby window unit type air conditioner as well so maybe they changed it recently.  It really works like a champ!

    Travelers from Downtown St. Louis, Missouri
    2018 Ford Edge SEL AWD
    2019 custom [email protected] 320 U Boondock Lite-ish

  • larrygonlarrygon Posts: 250Member
    Living in AZ, I have found that if you run a small oscillating fan to mix the air while running the AC, you get a lot better cooling effect.
    "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." Albert Einstein
    2015 [email protected] [email protected] S White with Grey trim | TV 2014 3.6L Outback | Flagstaff AZ.
  • jkjennjkjenn Posts: 5,484Member
    kybob said:
    I asked Austin about this at uCamp. I believe he said that it was possible to do the switch, but it was not financially feasible. 
    Well, that is sad.

    Jenn Grover | 2015 320 S | 2018 Jeep Grand WK2 | Nights in [email protected]: 211 | Pittsburgh

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