Chill’n in the Tini_home.

Posted: March 18, 2012 in Tin Can Tourists, Vintage trailers

The A/C unit arrived yesterday, and we could hardly wait to see if it fit in the cabinet I’d made the other day.  Good news, it fit like it was made for it (which, in fact, it was)!  Feeling brave, I cut the hole in the trailers wall, and NARROWLY missed the 110V wiring, which runs on top of an internal stringer right at the base of the A/c unit.  I’d forgotten how I’d run the wiring, luckily, I didn’t cut through it. 

I couldn’t resist plugging it in and trying it out, seems to work great.  We’re still waiting for the external grill for the sidewall, and the roof vent for the intake, but that should all be here  next week.  I’m happy with the job.


Kim got some time in with the sander, stripping the closet door.  It cleaned up great, ready for a fresh coat of varnish.  It’ll blend in perfectly with the new wood, no worries.  We spent at least an hour cleaning up the shop,  and loaded all the old aluminum skin in the truck along with some other scrap metal.  Next week I’ll make a trip into the metal recycler and hopefully get enough to recoup the cost of the gas!  It’s worth whatever to get rid of all the junk!  We also loaded up all the scrap wood on top of that, I pitched all that on the burn pile here at home.  We’ll have a big bonfire some evening.


You can’t see it, but I made a drip tray under the A/C with some of the original aluminum skins. This little A/C is supposed to use up the condensate water without dripping under normal use, but with “extreme” conditions, it may overflow.  So, a drip tray to channel any overflow outside was in order.  I have to figure out how I’m going to box the unit in, what you see here is just scraps to mock-up, but it’ll look similar.  Intake air for the unit will be through the roof in the upper part of the cabinet, it doesn’t pull air from inside the camper.  The back of the unit sticks out JUST past the outside, the hot exhaust exits directly outdoors and the grill we ordered covers the back of the A/C and seals the opening.  It’s made specifically for this make and model A/C, so we’re confident it’ll work fine.

In case you’re wondering, the power cord will be routed in the back of the cabinet, not dangling in front over the bed!

  1. Bob says:

    Can hardly wait to see this when we get home. Need some pictures in hand to (brag) show over morning coffe in the hall.
    Bob and Mona

  2. Mike says:

    What is the red trim stuff called between the ceiling and wall

  3. flynbrian48 says:

    Mike, that red stuff is fender welt, it’s intended to be used between the fenders and body on antique cars, back when fenders bolted on. Back then, it did what I’m doing with it, filling small gaps and imperfections in panel fit.


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