Neighbor comes over with a light bulb glowing above his head,, and I realized he has his thinker in overdrive. What was I going to get myself into? He comes over and throws the idea about utilizing this space above the kitchen in his 70's 5th wheel. A little idea of how this is set up,, above the center kitchen heading back to the front bedroom there is standard ceiling that has a box end to it,,facing the bedroom. He got curious and pulled off that face panel and its a very large void,, about 10 inches tall and about 4 feet deep and its the width of the trailer. Now his roof a/c is located at the very back of the trailer over the living room,,, makes it cold in the living room and warm in the bedroom,,, not the best set up for over all cooling, Now the idea that hit was,,, lets make use of that wasted void of nothing. I proposed using that boxed area for a distribution box for his a/c. Ok guys,,, this part is for you,,,, POWER TOOLS,,, yea, arg arg arg,, Get to cut rip and tear into wood,, a manly mans job,, We settle for a drill and saw zall,,,,, IT didnt seem appropriate to use the chain saw,, but yes we did think about that option for a few minutes, heck who wouldnt?
We mark off where we need to cut a 16x16 hole,, right above the void area.. Nice clean cut right along a main stud,, then build a support box with another cross rib. We sent the a/c unit in place,, run the duct work down to the void area,,, then of course we put a new roof vent with a fan over the old a/c vent hole seal it and its all purdy.
In the void box area,, we cut out 2 vents at the back towards the living room,, 2 down over the kitchen (center kitchen), and 2 facing the bedroom. Its already insulated up there which makes it nice.
we chop the wiring off the controls (love color coded wires),, We add longer pigtails to extend the wiring, and remount the controls just above his stove vent,, running the wires down through a cabinet. We wire in the 110/120 V. and fire it up,,,, Yea,,,, Thats how you cool a 5th wheel,, and can turn the vents off if you dont want the cool air in that area,, and each of the vents put out a decnet amount of air with all of them open,, and even more on the open ones when the others where closed.. we could have gotten fancy and ran duct work off each vent to a smaller box inside, But that big area box seemed to work just fine.
We both stood back and was amazed how easy that was,, and we utilized a wasted area of the ceiling, and made perfect use of it..
Who says a little imagination and hill-billery doesnt pay off. It also save him from dangling a/c window units up in the bedroom area.