Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-28-2007, 11:26 AM   #501
Rivet Master
 
NorCal Bambi's Avatar
 
1963 16' Bambi
1955 22' Flying Cloud
Yreka , California
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,313
Images: 21
Here is an update on my airconditioner project. When you look at these pictures, I want you to know that the first goal was to keep the trailer looking as original as possible. So far things seem to be working OK. The real test will be when we get back east in all that humidty. The thing I'm puttint to use are the two original battery type doors that are in my trailer. The other item is that I didn't want a unit on top of my trailer. Two reasons, looks and clearance. The rear most door is for air intake to the side of the cooler for air intake from the outside. The door toward the front will be for the exhaust hot air out of the trailer. On the inside the back opening is for incoming air to the cooling unit. The front most door is for the cold air to be blown into the trailer. This opening will eventually have lovers to direct the air up into the roof of the trailer. When this door is closed there will no indication of an airconditioner. Here are some pictures. More to follow soon. I will show diagrams of air flow patterns later.
Don
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	P1005120.jpg
Views:	76
Size:	160.0 KB
ID:	34723   Click image for larger version

Name:	P1005124.jpg
Views:	84
Size:	160.0 KB
ID:	34724  

Click image for larger version

Name:	P1005125.jpg
Views:	88
Size:	160.0 KB
ID:	34725   Click image for larger version

Name:	P1005126.jpg
Views:	76
Size:	160.0 KB
ID:	34726  

__________________

NorCal Bambi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2007, 01:05 PM   #502
Rivet Master
 
pinkflamingoes's Avatar
 
1967 24' Tradewind
Alameda , California
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 1,569
Images: 38
Blog Entries: 3
Send a message via AIM to pinkflamingoes Send a message via Yahoo to pinkflamingoes
Nice

We want to do this same thing eventually. Looks nice Don!
__________________

__________________
"Let's look Death in the face and say, 'Whatever man.'"
~ Hurley

ingrid
1967 24' Tradewind #19104 ~ Forums #4449
pinkflamingoes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2007, 01:52 PM   #503
3 Rivet Member
 
Jacob D.'s Avatar
 
1964 26' Overlander
Alameda , California
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 161
I'm very interested to hear how this works, although I'm pretty resigned to just getting a low-profile rooftop A/C unit at some point.
Jacob D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2007, 02:40 PM   #504
Addicted to Aluminum
 
A-Merry-Can's Avatar
 
1959 18' "Footer"
1964 24' Tradewind
1954 29' Liner
Woodstock , Georgia
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 2,015
Quote:
Originally Posted by NorCal Bambi
Here is an update on my airconditioner project...
Hey Don,

Just curious, how much noise does the unit make? I am planning on basement units in both of my shorties, but the 18 footer's plan was to put the unit in the closet right by the bed. now, i know in an 18 foot trailer (15' body), there's really no place to hide... but just curious what you've found so far?

have you found a source for the louvered panel? i desperately need a couple!

jp
__________________

8576
there's always room for one more!
A-Merry-Can is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2007, 02:58 PM   #505
Rivet Master
 
NorCal Bambi's Avatar
 
1963 16' Bambi
1955 22' Flying Cloud
Yreka , California
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,313
Images: 21
jp, As to noise, my only experience had been with two older RV of the mid 70's. Both of these RV had roof top units, and both were very noisy. This unit is very cheep. It came from Wal Mart. It is considerable more quiet that the units I have experience in the past. Also being mounted under the bed units, I'm hoping that the mattress and blankets will absorb some of the noise. Time will tell because by the end of the month we will be embarking on a trip of 7 to 8000 miles, a real shake down cruise. Hopefull more pictures by tonight.
Don
NorCal Bambi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2007, 03:15 PM   #506
3 Rivet Member
 
Jacob D.'s Avatar
 
1964 26' Overlander
Alameda , California
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 161
For louvered panels, have you tried a boat store like West Marine? They seemed to have a variety of polished stainless steel louvers when I was there, but maybe not in sizes big enough.
Jacob D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2007, 09:37 PM   #507
Rivet Master
 
1973 31' Sovereign
Portland , Oregon
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 1,254
Images: 22
Louvered doors...

If what you want is a louvered door check out the following company:

All-Rite The RV Repair Parts Specialist

Check under products - compartment doors...

Malcolm
__________________
Only he who attempts the ridiculous can achieve the impossble.
malconium is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2007, 10:38 PM   #508
Rivet Master
 
NorCal Bambi's Avatar
 
1963 16' Bambi
1955 22' Flying Cloud
Yreka , California
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,313
Images: 21
air conditioner installation

Here are some more pictures of the air conditioner installation under the bed in our Bambi.
1. Shows the compleation of the box for the air recirculation inside the trailer.
2. Shows the hot air exhaust side and the outside door that will be boxed in for the exhaust of the hot air.
The next 3 pictures show the construction of that box.
Don
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	P1005129.jpg
Views:	85
Size:	128.0 KB
ID:	34940   Click image for larger version

Name:	P1005130.jpg
Views:	54
Size:	128.0 KB
ID:	34941  

Click image for larger version

Name:	P1005142.jpg
Views:	70
Size:	160.0 KB
ID:	34942   Click image for larger version

Name:	P1005143.jpg
Views:	64
Size:	160.0 KB
ID:	34943  

Click image for larger version

Name:	P1005145.jpg
Views:	67
Size:	160.0 KB
ID:	34944  
NorCal Bambi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2007, 10:48 PM   #509
Rivet Master
 
sequoiacoast's Avatar
 
1968 24' Tradewind
Eureka , California
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 694
Images: 4
Looking good! I bet you'll really like having that cool air on your convoy!

I have wondered if we'll need to do something like this- even here in the summer it gets pretty warm in the trailer... I guess we'll find out this season!

Can't wait to see you guys - how's it going, planning to be gone for multiple months??!!
__________________
Tanya

"If you want something done right, do it yourself!"
sequoiacoast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2007, 10:51 PM   #510
Rivet Master
 
CaddyGrn's Avatar
 
1963 16' Bambi
1962 22' Safari
Yreka , California
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 1,934
Just a quick note as a sidelight...

A few years ago we took our Teardrop to Omaha and back. 6 weeks in the little thing. We actually did fine. Don rigged a airconditioner for it too! We were soooooooo glad in the midwest we had cool sleeping quarters!

Claudia
CaddyGrn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2007, 10:56 PM   #511
Rivet Master
 
NorCal Bambi's Avatar
 
1963 16' Bambi
1955 22' Flying Cloud
Yreka , California
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,313
Images: 21
sequoiacoast, thanks for the positive response. The planning of the trip had been a lot of work. I've spent about 3 hours a day on planning since the beginning. The people who have e-mailed me with stops and ideas have been good. Responding to them and then making plans, where to stop, when to stop, etc, details details. It's been fun.
I think your trailer is new enough and strong enough to put an air conditioner on top. The Bambi was never really designed for that type of weight. Also the Bambi being as small as it is, an airconditioner on top looks like some kind of tumor on top. Just my weardness.
Don
NorCal Bambi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2007, 09:11 AM   #512
Rivet Master
 
sequoiacoast's Avatar
 
1968 24' Tradewind
Eureka , California
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 694
Images: 4
Yeah, I agree about the tumor-look. I don't really want one on top either, for both aesthetics and future leaks.. etc.

It will be interesting to see how hot we get this year!
__________________
Tanya

"If you want something done right, do it yourself!"
sequoiacoast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2007, 09:19 AM   #513
Rivet Master
 
NorCal Bambi's Avatar
 
1963 16' Bambi
1955 22' Flying Cloud
Yreka , California
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,313
Images: 21
I guess on way to deal with hot is always camp near water and swimming hole. At least the kids will keep cool. As a parent we all know, keep the kids happy and we are all happy.
Don
NorCal Bambi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2007, 12:22 PM   #514
Rivet Master
 
NorCal Bambi's Avatar
 
1963 16' Bambi
1955 22' Flying Cloud
Yreka , California
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,313
Images: 21
Look Ma - no air conditioner

Well the installation is complete. I like the way it looks. You can't tell there is an air conditioner in the trailer when everything is closed up. I just hope it will work OK. I'll let everyone know while on our big trip. Also included in the pictures are two pictures of a outside step I'm making. A forum member we know had a great idea. So we took it and modified thier idea. They make a step box. When it's turned upside down and put on the floor of the trailer, It functions as another storage unit. I'm making ours in a curve. I had a reason why I was doing that, but it escapes me at the moment.
Don
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	P1005149.jpg
Views:	81
Size:	128.0 KB
ID:	35041   Click image for larger version

Name:	P1005146.jpg
Views:	86
Size:	160.0 KB
ID:	35042  

Click image for larger version

Name:	P1005147.jpg
Views:	74
Size:	160.0 KB
ID:	35043  
NorCal Bambi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2007, 08:07 AM   #515
Rivet Master
 
NorCal Bambi's Avatar
 
1963 16' Bambi
1955 22' Flying Cloud
Yreka , California
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,313
Images: 21
Air Stare

Here is the completed project. I call it my "Air Stare"
Don
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Bambi Steps and our yard 0042.jpg
Views:	77
Size:	229.3 KB
ID:	36185  
NorCal Bambi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2007, 09:09 AM   #516
Rivet Master
 
sequoiacoast's Avatar
 
1968 24' Tradewind
Eureka , California
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 694
Images: 4
Hey that's way too cool!! See you tomorrow!
__________________
Tanya

"If you want something done right, do it yourself!"
sequoiacoast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2007, 06:38 PM   #517
Addicted to Aluminum
 
A-Merry-Can's Avatar
 
1959 18' "Footer"
1964 24' Tradewind
1954 29' Liner
Woodstock , Georgia
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 2,015
Quote:
Originally Posted by NorCal Bambi
Here is the completed project. I call it my "Air Stare"
Don
what? no rivets?



jp
__________________

8576
there's always room for one more!
A-Merry-Can is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2007, 09:30 AM   #518
Rivet Master
 
NorCal Bambi's Avatar
 
1963 16' Bambi
1955 22' Flying Cloud
Yreka , California
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,313
Images: 21
Yes, many rivets. I'll ad a close up soon. A-merry-can how's the Airstreaming going?
Don


Quote:
Originally Posted by A-Merry-Can
what? no rivets?



jp
NorCal Bambi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2007, 10:24 AM   #519
Addicted to Aluminum
 
A-Merry-Can's Avatar
 
1959 18' "Footer"
1964 24' Tradewind
1954 29' Liner
Woodstock , Georgia
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 2,015
SLOW going with the baby and all... did you see my wooden interior? i started putting those panels in the 59 this week, and got one of the panels replaced on the 62 globe trotter, too... so i guess i AM making a little progress, at least. ha!

jp
__________________

8576
there's always room for one more!
A-Merry-Can is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2008, 06:57 PM   #520
Rivet Master
 
NorCal Bambi's Avatar
 
1963 16' Bambi
1955 22' Flying Cloud
Yreka , California
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,313
Images: 21
20,000 + miles repairs

Just an update on our 63 Bambi. We on a trip to the Beverly Beach Rally when I looked out the rear view mirror of the truck and saw huge, and I mean Huge, clouds of black smoke curling up into the air. My first thought was that the trailer was on fire. We pulled over at the next spot and ran back to see what was up. The smoke was comming up from the curb side wheel well. On close inspection it was discoverd that the top of the shock mount had broken. The shock and the top broken piece has swung forward and jamed between the inside edge of the tire and the frame of the trailer. Much further and it would have cut through the tire.
After I was able to dislodge the shock and swing it back, several plastic ties were installed to hold it out of the way. We then drove slowly to the ralley.
Anyway I need to get this fixed before we start out again. After 20,000 plus miles somethings are bound to start happening. Chrisl, looking forward for your rally. The rally blood is starting to run warm again. How cool.
Don
__________________

NorCal Bambi is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:24 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.