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Old 09-06-2017, 12:15 AM   #1
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Default Rear Windows replacement for AC on GMC

One of the members (Marco Polo) has a Perfect solution for what i need. I don't want to tear up the rear door trying to DYI myself. No that handy with sheet metal.
Doe anyone know of a place that us selling with a window kit or, like Marco, the whole AC Package for a 2005 GMC?C
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Old 09-07-2017, 04:29 PM   #2
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Mine came from Safari Condo in Quebec. Safari Condo Recreational vehicles (RV) Motorhomes and Travel trailers

It was designed as a rear window hinged glass replacement to be removable if not needed in cooler months.
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Great! I will contact them for a price and what they need for specs. Did you just order direct by Internet ? Given the choice, if you had it to do over, would you go with a roof mount or stick with the rear window unit? The roof mount Coleman Mach 3 SP runs about $700 but I would still have to get it installed. Do you remember how much the window kit cost? Is it fiberglass or ? In the photos it looks Great!
While I am asking, I also need to match your rear carrier setup. Is that a normal trailer hitch with a platform carrier inserted or how did you manage it?
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I didn't have much choice in deciding which type of A/C because I did not want to remove a solar panel or loose the fan vent. Mounting a roof A/C farther back would have meant going through the fiberglass roof and a section of original metal van roof approx 10" below that. I would have lost rear storage space and had to fabricate duct work.

The rear A/C is not great as it over cools the rear and under cools the front because my van is very sectioned off inside. A fan would help move the air around. That said, being able to cool the van down sometimes is worth any inconvenience.

It was expensive and I picked it up right from Safari Condo. it was a good excuse for a trip! The box is fiberglass. The install is detailed here: http://www.classbforum.com/forums/f8...oner-2051.html

I'd probably pick roof air as long as I didn't have to give up the fan vent.

The details about my cargo box are here: http://www.classbforum.com/forums/f8...-van-3382.html
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Read most of the cargo box post and saw many of the comments were about length. Looking at the images of you van, it doesn't look like you added more than 20" or so which shouldn't bee a problem. I just need a place to mount the generator that will run the AC when the van is parked where no power. This would go where you have a storage box. And maybe also have above it to put a bike or two just as you have.

I have ordered a Champion Power Equipment 75537i 3100 Watt RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator with Wireless Remote Start that i think should be adequate to power a 10000 btu A/c with plenty left over for the TV and other items inside the van.
I have changed out all interior and exterior lights to LED's and added a 12V 100AH BATTERY for long-term electrical supply. I hope we can find power most places we stop but if we can't, i am trying my best to be ready for it.

Your Solar array would also be a nice addition.
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You should have plenty of power for the A/C startup surge with that generator. The specs indicate that it is quiet. The remote start is a nice feature. It will likely run at half load or less so should be fuel efficient and quiet.

If you can leave it attached to the hitch while running then that would be convenient. This site might give you some ideas: https://www.rvgeneratorbox.com/
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I have ordered a Champion Power Equipment 75537i 3100 Watt RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator with Wireless Remote Start that i think should be adequate to power a 10000 btu A/c with plenty left over for the TV and other items inside the van.
Please let us know how this works out for you.
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Will do. The generator was a toss up between it and the same thing in a version that offered multi-fuel options (ie: it would run on propane) But the propane option did not have the all the remote start etc and the cost shot up by over $200 .
The one i got was $805 from Amazon
Thanks Marco for the link to the Generator box. The smallest one should fit this as it is tiny compared to most and is a true Inverter generator.
Also have not yet been able to contact the people about the rear A/C enclosure. I think i might end up going with the Coleman Mach 3 PS Rooftop system after all.
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Advice on Electrical configuration for Van Conversion
If anyone could offer a good way to configure my van to handle the 120V AC + 12V DC using a generator plus secondary deep-cycle battery tied into the normal 12V DC system for the van and allowing for input from Shore-power when parked where i can get it.
I would appreciate any advice as to the best way to handle this.

The only 120V AC needs are the TV, DVD player, and the rooftop A/C. The electronics are easy to manage with an inverter. The A/C is the one place where i am not sure what to do.

The drain is more than i think can be managed by any kind of inverter without being a huge strain on it and I think that I should run a separate circuit for the AC that terminates where it could simply be plugged into the generator or into the shore-power when available. But I would love to here from someone who has "been there-done that" to save me from trying to re-invent the wheel (and probably getting it wrong)
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Advice on Electrical configuration for Van Conversion
If anyone could offer a good way to configure my van to handle the 120V AC + 12V DC using a generator plus secondary deep-cycle battery tied into the normal 12V DC system for the van and allowing for input from Shore-power when parked where i can get it.
I would appreciate any advice as to the best way to handle this.

The only 120V AC needs are the TV, DVD player, and the rooftop A/C. The electronics are easy to manage with an inverter. The A/C is the one place where i am not sure what to do.

The drain is more than i think can be managed by any kind of inverter without being a huge strain on it and I think that I should run a separate circuit for the AC that terminates where it could simply be plugged into the generator or into the shore-power when available. But I would love to here from someone who has "been there-done that" to save me from trying to re-invent the wheel (and probably getting it wrong)


Most of the new RV use 12VDC TV and DVD players.
Walmart has them.
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