Jump to content


Photo
- - - - -

Change fridge to airconditioning

fwc air conditioning 3 way fridge AC swift

  • Please log in to reply
13 replies to this topic

#1 Frstnflt

Frstnflt

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 82 posts

Posted 05 May 2020 - 07:53 PM

I have a FWC swift and found that I rarely used the 3 way fridge. 

1. It kills the battery in a matter of hours. Slightly slower when truck is running but still not enough to prevent a net negative charge.

2. The propane blows out on the road and is hardly worthwhile when it is 90s in the deep south.

3. My mission is usually 1-2 nights so ice from home is adequate.

4. I mostly need the drinks outside so cooler is fine.

5. Loading and unloading from home fridge needs another container anyway.

 

Here in the deep South during the day its nice to cool off for an hour and hot humid nights. The Honda 2000 easily fits in the cab. It will run a 5000 btu AC in ecomode for 10+ hours on a gallon of gas. 

FWC will not put an AC on the Swift to my knowledge and would not want the look of it hanging precariously out the back.

1. Disconnected 12V and 120V wiring

2. Capped the gas line with a brass 3/4 in plug

3. Pulled plastic gray trim off the fridge and reinstalled in the cabinet

4. Made a plywood spacer above the AC

5. Put a female end on the 120V wires and plugged in

6. Shoved a tip with a 1/2 in plastic tube through the drain plug on the back that can drape through the louvers on the vent or can drill down

 

Install is DIY but looks clean enough for now but would appreciate any suggestions. May have to put a larger 12 V fan for the compartment for better exchange.

Attached Thumbnails

  • IMG_0446.jpg
  • IMG_0455.jpg
  • IMG_0457.JPG
  • IMG_0456.jpg

Edited by Frstnflt, 05 May 2020 - 07:55 PM.

  • 1

#2 JWL

JWL

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 62 posts
  • LocationTexas

Posted 05 May 2020 - 09:13 PM

That’s pretty cool! 
Where does the evaporative water go?


  • 0

#3 AKnightOutside

AKnightOutside

    Newbie

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 2 posts
  • LocationAustin, TX

Posted 05 May 2020 - 09:22 PM

Man this is exactly what I've been contemplating doing with my Eagle when the 3 way fridge finally gives out. Does the heat exhaust from the unit find it's way out of the camper well? Do you have any plans to put some sort of storage above the fridge maybe?

 

Props to you for making this work!

 

-Alex


  • 0

#4 Frstnflt

Frstnflt

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 82 posts

Posted 05 May 2020 - 10:08 PM

I have a FWC swift and found that I rarely used the 3 way fridge. 

1. It kills the battery in a matter of hours. Slightly slower when truck is running but still not enough to prevent a net negative charge.

2. The propane blows out on the road and is hardly worthwhile when it is 90s in the deep south.

3. My mission is usually 1-2 nights so ice from home is adequate.

4. I mostly need the drinks outside so cooler is fine.

5. Loading and unloading from home fridge needs another container anyway.

 

Here in the deep South during the day its nice to cool off for an hour and hot humid nights. The Honda 2000 easily fits in the cab. It will run a 5000 btu AC in ecomode for 10+ hours on a gallon of gas. 

FWC will not put an AC on the Swift to my knowledge and would not want the look of it hanging precariously out the back.

1. Disconnected 12V and 120V wiring

2. Capped the gas line with a brass 3/4 in plug

3. Pulled plastic gray trim off the fridge and reinstalled in the cabinet

4. Made a plywood spacer above the AC

5. Put a female end on the 120V wires and plugged in

6. Shoved a tip with a 1/2 in plastic tube through the drain plug on the back that can drape through the louvers on the vent or can drill down

 

Install is DIY but looks clean enough for now but would appreciate any suggestions. May have to put a larger 12 V fan for the compartment for better exchange.

was going to drill down through the floor of this but looks like 6 inches of stuff, can just stuff tube through louvers I guess


  • 0

#5 Frstnflt

Frstnflt

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 82 posts

Posted 05 May 2020 - 10:10 PM

Man this is exactly what I've been contemplating doing with my Eagle when the 3 way fridge finally gives out. Does the heat exhaust from the unit find it's way out of the camper well? Do you have any plans to put some sort of storage above the fridge maybe?

 

Props to you for making this work!

 

-Alex

I was planning to make a cabinet above but not sure how much ventilation the thing needs so will keep it all open for now. The main concern is condensation rotting wood in the compartment.


  • 0

#6 Boonie

Boonie

    Senior Member

  • Members
  • 192 posts
  • LocationBrighton, Colorado

Posted 05 May 2020 - 10:59 PM

Kudos to you for seeing what does not work for you (3-way frig), seeing what you need (air conditioning) in your area (the deep South), for your style of camping (1-2 nights). What I or anyone else does in their camper may not work for you, so don't copy the crowd, but make your camper work for you.

 

Boonie


  • 0

#7 Fishyhead

Fishyhead

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 30 posts
  • LocationAnaheim, CA

Posted 06 May 2020 - 03:42 AM

That's pretty cool (pun intended).  I'm pulling the 3 way fridge out of my camper as soon as the Engel arrives and can see this working for me :)


  • 0

1997 Toyota T100 4x4 manual - 1993 FWC Ranger 8'


#8 Boonie

Boonie

    Senior Member

  • Members
  • 192 posts
  • LocationBrighton, Colorado

Posted 06 May 2020 - 05:31 AM

Fishyhead, Can I ask why you are pulling out your 3-way?


  • 0

#9 Beach

Beach

    Senior Member

  • Members
  • 649 posts

Posted 06 May 2020 - 12:50 PM

Are you exhausting out through the louvers originally used for the fridge? Does it seem adequate, no heat build up inside compartment?


  • 0

#10 bimmeryota

bimmeryota

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 32 posts
  • LocationTacoma, WA

Posted 06 May 2020 - 06:40 PM

Nice to see a repurposing of that area. I took my broken icebox out and made it a closet/pantry. I never thought about putting another type of appliance in there.
  • 1

1998 Toyota T100 4WD SR5 XtraCab

3.4L V6 Supercharged, Auto, 31" BFG AT KO2

1" Ball Joint Spacer front lift, KYB MonoMax

Load carrying: Custom Deaver spring packs

Camper: 2013 FWC Eagle with Silver Spur interior and outside shower






Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: fwc, air conditioning, 3 way fridge, AC, swift

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users