A DIY Teardrop Travel Trailer

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tongue Box: ClimateRight A/C - Heater!

I've been waiting to pull the trigger on the air conditioning unit for the teardrop, as ClimateRight was going to be releasing a model with heat in addition to A/C.  I pre-ordered my CR-5000 ACH today, and it should arrive in late May!  Perfect timing as I plan on ramping my build back up after a long winter.  This combination heater / A/C unit will be housed in the tongue box in front of the teardrop.

Here are the specs on the CR-5000 ACH:

Cooling BTU  -  5000
Room Coverage  -  Up to 12'L x 12'W x 8'H Room
Volts  -  115V
Cooling Capacity (Room Enclosure Size)  -  Up to 1200 Cu. Ft.
Amps  -  10.0A (Max)
Watts  -  1150W (Max)
Dehumidifying (pts./hr)  -  1.1
Thermostat  -  Digital w/ Infrared Remote Control
Control Panel Features  -  Digital Temperature Display, IR Remote Control Sensor
Remote Control Features  -  Temperature, Fan & Mode Control, Auto On/Off Timer, Sleep Function
Case Dimension (Boxed)  -  24.3"L 17.2"W x 16.5"H
Unit Dimensions  -  18"L x 14.1"W x 15.1"H
Unit Weight (lbs.)  -  55.0000
Shipping Weight (lbs.)  -  62
Assembly Kit (Required)  -  Quick Connect Hose and Flange Kit Included (For Most Walls)
Refrigerant  -  R410a
Air Filter  -  Removable Nylon Mesh Air Filter

As you can see, there is plenty of room in the design of the tongue box to accommodate the ClimateRight.   I plan on adding a removable shelf right above the top of the AC unit for additional storage.

Here is the box staged with the AC unit, possible battery location, and hoses.


  1. I just wanted to let you know how much I've enjoyed your blog. I'm hoping to build a teardrop, and your ambition and attention to detail, while terrifically intimidating to a novice like myself, are a real education. I love the detailed photos and the explanations you provide for the choices you make. Good luck with your project & keep us posted!