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Old 10-16-2014, 06:33 AM   #1
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Were these trailers pre-wired for A/C from the factory? If not, how do you run the wire up to the roof vent?
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Old 10-16-2014, 07:48 AM   #2
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Were these trailers pre-wired for A/C from the factory? If not, how do you run the wire up to the roof vent?
Yes they were. If you search you will find a few posts indicating exactly how far down the roof line from the front (I think) the hole you need to make, to find the drain tube and wiring.
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Old 10-16-2014, 08:59 AM   #3
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Were these trailers pre-wired for A/C from the factory? If not, how do you run the wire up to the roof vent?
Is there an outlet in your ceiling? My 74 came with an A/C but My 78 minuet had an outlet in the ceiling. That is the power for the A/C. One breaker controls only that outlet. remove the outlet and use the wire to hard wire the A/C. The drain line is also there.
If no outlet the wire and drain should be somewhere above the axle. Stand above the axle, look for cross beams (rivits), my 74 was placed just behind the cross beam that was to the front of the axle.
Hope that helps.
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Old 10-16-2014, 02:33 PM   #4
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I had assumed the A/C would be installed in place of the rear roof vent. If I remove the vent, will I find the wire? Or would a new hole have to be cut (hopefully not).
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I'm not sure, but I googled Argosy 22 images and thay all appear to have the A/C just ahead of the rear vent.
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Old 10-16-2014, 02:46 PM   #6
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That is interesting. I will certainly research this thoroughly before I take a sawsall to the roof.
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Old 10-16-2014, 02:47 PM   #7
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The AC should go forward of the roof vent with its own 120V line. The power supply is usually curled up in the ceiling forward of the vent. You might find it from the hole for the roof vent, but my guess is that you have a rib in the way.
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I remember reading about it. A new hole needs to be cut. Its something like 102 inches from the first rib of the trailer going towards the rear. I guess the easiest way is to have someone that has a/c to measure. Pretty sure @inlandrv Andy knows.
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At the lake at the moment, but when I get home tomorrow or Tuesday. I can get some measurement for you from my 1979 22'.
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Sorry it took so long, had to spend some time at the Mayo.
The AC is in-between the front and rear vents.
The rear edge of interior shroud is 20" from the the front edge of the rear vent.
The front edge of the interior shroud is 47 1/2" from the rear edge of the front vent.
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Old 11-01-2014, 09:17 AM   #11
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I just got a copy of the 1976 Airstream service manual. It says that after a hole is cut, it has to be framed out in aluminum channel. Has anyone done this?
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Adding A/C

My 76 a/c was framed with wood 2x2s, metal would be better obviously but I had zero rot issues.

Oh and if you have a factory installed drain tube be careful the PO of my trailer, when he added the AC had a huge water leak. The factory techs had drilled and riveted into the drain line on accident during initial assembly. Some decent water damage occurred.


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If you have pre-wired, the drain line should already be hanging below the trailer. From that point, the drain line would go straight UP... between two 'ribs'... That would be a good spot to begin your 'search'.

Measure three times.. twice outside and at least once inside.. so you can 'cut' in the best location.

Once you have enough of the ceiling open, check for presence of the wire, etc..

I "added" AC2 to our 34'.

It was NOT prewired. I ran power and drain lines across the ceiling, inside a flexible shroud.. works great! It was much simpler than removing all the inside wall coverings then the sheet metal... and I would probably never find the padded covering to replace anyway.
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