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PetCool is a Winner!

Postby Tear Fan » Fri Sep 15, 2006 2:33 pm

To all considering a PetCool . . . We tried it out over the Labor Day holiday and it is all you would expect in a teardrop A/C. It kept us cool as a breeze off Lake Louise. :fan: BTW, does anyone know where Lake Louise is? Anyway, we got ours direct from the factory, as a "scratch and dent," and while it did have a slight cosmetic flaw, the operation was exceptional. As you can see below, we routed it through the window as a temporary fix. We anticipate putting in permanent ductings, much as Sonetpro did, so that we can keep the unit separate and connect it behind "Schmoopie" while camping. The unit is not heavy (42 pounds +/-) and is surprisingly quiet. It also has a "fan only" function, for temperate climes and conditions where only moving air is necessary.

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Postby Ira » Fri Sep 15, 2006 2:39 pm

Did you bring the fan to use OUTSIDE?

Now that's sheer decadence!

And is that a Bud bottle I see on the picnic table?
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Postby Tear Fan » Fri Sep 15, 2006 2:45 pm

Ira -

On the first point - Jennifer's thermostat is stuck on "HIGH" and is broken, if you get my drift. If it weren't for the various "cooling devices" pictured above, I would've been camping solo.

Re: bottle. No, that's a Red Dog, by Plank Road Brewery . . . another "cooling device." LOL
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Postby sid » Fri Sep 15, 2006 3:04 pm

Nice job Marvin.

I think that's in the future for our Silver Shadow too, but with the cooler weather I think we will wait until next year.

Keep us updated on future developments!
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Postby asianflava » Fri Sep 15, 2006 3:41 pm

Ira wrote:Did you bring the fan to use OUTSIDE?

Now that's sheer decadence!

And is that a Bud bottle I see on the picnic table?


We were camping with Bluebonnet Tear (dave & Cindy) and they use a fan outside. Cindy said that it keeps the bugs away. After sitting and chatting, we noticed that it worked like a champ.
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Postby Tear Fan » Fri Sep 15, 2006 3:58 pm

Yeah, Ira, what he said! :R
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Postby b.bodemer » Fri Sep 15, 2006 4:07 pm

I hope to be saving for one for next summer's outings. It's on my wish list for sure.

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Postby mikeschn » Fri Sep 15, 2006 4:14 pm

I'm going to investigate that for my next build, as I don't like the roof mount as much as I thought I would.

Is it quiet?

Does it heat as well as cool?

Does it lend itself to mounting and installing inside the teardrop?

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Postby Tear Fan » Fri Sep 15, 2006 4:30 pm

Mike -

It is surprisingly quiet. I couldn't believe it. Our little 12-volt oscillating fan is louder.

It has heating, cooling and "fan only." It comes with two ducts (shown above) as well as two adapters which I screwed to the plywood insert in the door, replacing the screen in our Yoder Toter 5X8. A drill bit is supplied to drill holes of an appropriate size.

It does lend itself to both interior (permanent) and exterior (temporary) installation. We opted for the second option, and will install ducting from below the galley hatch up through the galley, then a 90 degree turn into the cabin. It has both supply and return lines. Sonetpro installed this unit inside his FishInn - sans cove - and has pictures in his album.

Ideally, for this type installation, you would be better served to have the unit on hand when building, so that you might customize your tear to accomodate its exact size. See also Sonetpro's venting solution, using a boat vent. Slick! :applause:

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Postby jimqpublic » Fri Sep 15, 2006 6:13 pm

I love Lake Louise. We were there for Christmas several years ago and the highest temperature in one whole week was -15F. Most days it was about -30 when we hit the ski slopes.

So I do know exactly how "Cool as a breeze off Lake Louise" feels.

It is the most beautiful place I've ever skied. Right in the middle of Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.
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Postby Steve_Cox » Fri Sep 15, 2006 6:32 pm

Marvin,

What does one do to get a "scratch & dent" Pet Cool deal?

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Postby JunkMan » Fri Sep 15, 2006 8:15 pm

The timing of this post is great, our Pet Cool just arrived today! We got ours used on ebay, it's the 2000 BTU model with heat. It seems pretty quiet, and looks like it will be perfect for a tear.

We had bought one on ebay earlier this spring, but the seller backed out of the sale 3 weeks after they had our money, claiming that it didn't work. We think she was just unhappy with the selling price ($199). After not getting that one, we were thinking about modifying a 5000 BTU window unit we have, but it's so darn loud that we decided to look for another Pet cool.

I'm thinking about putting my intake and return air ducts on opposite sides of the trailer, hopefully to increase circulation. Any one using one have any suggestions for duct placement? We were also wondering how the thermostat works, since it won't be in the area that is cooled.
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Postby bdosborn » Sat Sep 16, 2006 12:06 am

JunkMan wrote: We were also wondering how the thermostat works, since it won't be in the area that is cooled.


The thermostat is in the incoming air from the return duct. You'll fiddle with it for awhile till you find the right spot and then you're done.
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Postby bdosborn » Sat Sep 16, 2006 12:10 am

mikeschn wrote:Does it heat as well as cool?


Mike,

It does heat but not a lot. Its only a 300W heater so it only puts out tepid air, especially if you're running it through a long hose outside like I was. Enough to take the chill off but not enough to make the trailer balmy or anything.
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Postby Tear Fan » Sat Sep 16, 2006 6:32 am

Steve_Cox -

I called the company - International Air - and talked with them after corresponding via e-mails. It's worth a try, huh?

As regards the heating, if one's body heat augments the somewhat limited capacity of the PetCool, it should be nice and toasty in the very small space of the cabin.

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