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Old 02-12-2007, 08:20 AM   #491
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It's best to crawl under a new Airstream, and take a look. Other than the shock mounts, you are basically copying whats under a new Airstream. The axles under my 63 have precisely the same mounting seup as my 71 had, which is the same as an 07.
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Old 02-12-2007, 11:43 AM   #492
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Yes, it is hard to visualize for me. Expecially since I'm not mechanically inclined.

But I think I'm getting the picture now thanks to everyone's patience.
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Old 02-13-2007, 09:58 PM   #493
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Got the heater working...man it gets warm. Is there any way to adjust the pilot? The heater pumps out a small amount of heat with just the pilot lit. this may not be a bad thing...it could be like a low setting.
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Old 02-14-2007, 09:32 AM   #494
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kaffe, glad to hear you got your heater working. Yes, ours puts out lots of heat also. I find that if i look into the opening for lighting the heater and turn down the heat very slowly, that I can get a low heat setting without the main heat going to just the pilot light only. We always keep the top vent open a bit when using the heater. This seem like a waste of heat but it keep the inside of the trailer dry. Do you have a thread with pictures of your rig. I'd sure like to see your rig.
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Old 03-19-2007, 05:10 PM   #495
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air conditioning

Well, I'm finally getting around to finishing the installation of the Wal Mart room air conditioner under the bed in our Bambi. I will be using the side doors one use to be for battery access. My main concern is that they are a little smaller than required. This could cause a freeze up of the exchanger during heavy use. Anybody have any thoughts on this?
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Old 03-19-2007, 06:57 PM   #496
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no clue, but i'm planning a basement unit in both of my shorties. are you ducting it in a cabinet or something to get teh cold air up high? as for the main unit, i thought about maybe mounting a 12V fan behind it to aid in cooling... along with a drip-tray of course.

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Old 03-19-2007, 07:02 PM   #497
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Air Flow

Don,

The outside air usually goes in through the sides and goes out through the radiator/heat exchanger.
I thought about a vent from the bottom for the sides.
The pool of water/condensate from the a/c body pan gets sprayed by the fan on to the radiator/exchanger and assists heat transfer. Overflow drips out.
Of course a stagnant pool of water could pose a bit of a concern. Our little house window a/c gets green and sheds black gunk when washed out.

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Old 03-21-2007, 02:14 PM   #498
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Don,

Just talked with a HVAC guy to clear up questions.
The window type a/c is better for me than that overhead unit for 2 reasons that especially bother me;
1. The water from the evaporator (COOL) is above the compartment. This waste water can be used to increase the efficiency of the unit by blowing it over the condensor (hot). The window type keep the condensate further away from the air circulated, although I am sure the overhead units are designed with that in mind.
2. I do not want to go on the roof to work on my unit.

To get back to your question:
2 ways to vent the airflow, 1 is to go wide, the other is to go down with the vent and either pick up or dump out that hot air from the hot condensor.
Make any sense?
I suggest go wide and give the small unit a big home. That way if you need a larger a/c you can slip out the little one and put in a bigger one.

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Old 03-21-2007, 02:32 PM   #499
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fastrob, thanks for the input. I'm going to take some pictures to post and a sketch or two. I'd be interested in you input.
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i was thinking about a couple of 12V fans to aide in cooling the unit. what do you guys think of that? I like the idea of ducting part of it through the floor, like the fridge.

as for the outter skin, i really wanted to find a nice, louvered panel, but have had trouble finding a source for sustom sizes. in leiu of that, I was planning on fabricating something that uses an original 62 heater cover (for the pseudo-originality look), but was concerned about airflow through it.

looking forward to your sketch, Don! 3D as always?

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Old 03-28-2007, 11:26 AM   #501
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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.
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Nice

We want to do this same thing eventually. Looks nice Don!
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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.
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Old 03-28-2007, 02:40 PM   #504
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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!

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