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Old 03-04-2019, 08:34 AM   #1
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I am looking at a few vans for DIY builds. Some of these vans in considering have rear AC. Is the rear AC worth keeping? I live in Orlando, FL and it can get hot here. Any suggestions welcomed.
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Old 03-04-2019, 09:18 AM   #2
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Worth keeping. I live in California desert.
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Old 03-04-2019, 09:26 AM   #3
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Absolutely worth keeping!
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It's pretty easy to enclose the unit and route different vents for it. When I get in my van and it's 100 degrees out I can crank both units. It's hot like that for many months of the year here.
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Im in Orlando also, definately keep it.
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Old 03-05-2019, 07:35 AM   #6
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I've pondered what to do with the rear A/C in my conversion van. While I agree it would be nice to have, it only works with the engine running. When not in use it takes up interior space.

For a time, I had an idea of fitting a small diesel engine (my van is a diesel) that would turn an automotive R134a compressor and a 250A alternator. I still think it's a workable plan, but not for the limited underside mounting space I have available.

I'll probably remove the rear A/C and replace it with roof A/C and a bank of lithium batteries.
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BrianF7028 are you asking about the rear A/C units fed by the front A/C compressor? Those can be problematic for the entire comfort cooling if so. Naturally they're not designed for cooling while parked or camping. I have a few thoughts about those if it would be interesting or helpful.

If you're talking about an RV-type unit I can't add anything to that discussion.
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I am looking at a few vans for DIY builds. Some of these vans in considering have rear AC. Is the rear AC worth keeping? I live in Orlando, FL and it can get hot here. Any suggestions welcomed.

Worth keeping...and as mentioned the vents can be relocated many different places if you are installing a roof...
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Keep it! I ripped mine out and have regretted it ever since.
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I've pondered what to do with the rear A/C in my conversion van. While I agree it would be nice to have, it only works with the engine running. When not in use it takes up interior space

I'll probably remove the rear A/C and replace it with roof A/C and a bank of lithium batteries.
I think a large enough bank of battery's to run an a/c for even a few hours will take more space than you gain removing the AC unit, not to mention the high cost of all the parts.
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