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Old 11-14-2014, 05:40 PM   #1
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RT has posted teaser for new features http://roadtreking.com/sneak-peak-next-rv/ Seems like logical evolution of design to move AC off roof to allow more solar to feed large bank of lithiums. Will be interested to see details and costs.
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Old 11-14-2014, 06:45 PM   #2
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This Wenland guy seems to get a new motorhome every other year. Good for him. Great video with virtually no information. Keeping it a secret just in case some other company drops what they are doing on their own designs and steals Roadtrek's ideas .Roadtrek is one weird company.
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Old 11-14-2014, 07:19 PM   #3
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I mentioned the inside air conditioning was what was probably installed in Campskunk's B. Prediction is coming to pass.
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Old 11-18-2014, 01:08 AM   #4
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This Wenland guy seems to get a new motorhome every other year. Good for him. Great video with virtually no information. Keeping it a secret just in case some other company drops what they are doing on their own designs and steals Roadtrek's ideas .Roadtrek is one weird company.

Mike Wendlend is basically a small business. he does pcmike segments for nbc,runs and owns the roadtrekking forums/has sponsorships. I suspect the Roadtreks he uses are deducted as business expenses. that would make it easier
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How difficult would it be to replace a rooftop AC unit with a sub-floor one? I know that it would be relatively easy at the time the unit's being built, but I'm curious about after that.

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Old 12-02-2014, 09:02 AM   #6
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The closest thing to this I've seen is the Danhard A/C option that is available with Sportsmobiles. It isn't a cheap option, but it is useful when is wanting a more stealthy option. I'm not sure if it is more repairable than a rooftop A/C, as there isn't much out there.
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Old 12-03-2014, 12:00 AM   #7
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Seems like technological advancements in the Class B's are accelerating. Guess that's the result of a healthy market.

Getting the AC off the roof has a lot of benefits - increasing stealth is obvious, but also lowering the center of gravity and thus resultant improvement in vehicle handling.

A one time, Winnebago did this in their Class A units. My dad had one in a Vectra. Problematic is a kind word for his experience with it, but that was many years ago.

Can't wait to see how they do this and the reliability of this particular AC unit. Of course there will be a trade-off - I assume one less cabinet to put your junk.
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With a high roof van like a Transit which is about 10 inches taller than a ProMaster or Sprinter, it might be a good compromise to have a Danhard style A/C in return for the extra room inside. Overall, the van's height wouldn't be any taller than one with a rooftop A/C.

My concern is serviceability. Rooftop A/C units are made to be tossed, as there is no way to add refrigerant. Other A/C systems such as on cars can have stuff added when needed. For a system as hard to replace as a basement A/C, it better be made to be easily maintained, ideally if the compressor goes out, just that can be replaced and not the whole HVAC system.
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If I understand correctly, the Transit is taller because the body is higher off the ground, not because the interior height is greater. In fact, I would think it's more suitable to getting the AC off the roof and that there would be room underneath the van for such equipment.


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I'm looking into under-vehicle AC as well. But, my primary motivation isn't aesthetics or height, it is noise. It is disgraceful how noisy all available ductless roof units are. They are barely usable. They don't have to be that way, but they are simply poorly designed and are not improving. I am expecting a well-chosen split system to be much quieter inside. There are several 12VDC systems available that are marketed mostly to the trucking industry. Tend to be expensive, though. Some people use residential split units--much cheaper, but 120VAC only and perhaps not as robust. There is increasing interest in this topic, but the choices are still murky.
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