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Old 08-28-2007, 06:19 AM   #1
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Need to find A/C wiring on 22 ft Argosy

After attending a rally in 95 degree heat, and simmering in our aluminum soup can, I am going to add Air Conditioning to our 1973 22ft Argosy. I was reading on other posts that with the VIN, someone may know where it is prewired. Our VIN is 2203V1606.

Also, any other tips on what I may run into or how to do this would be much appreciated. Cutting a hole in my roof scares the crap out of me, but so does attending another 95 degree rally.

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Old 08-28-2007, 06:27 AM   #2
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You should have a 120 volt outlet in the roof of your Argosy, near where the A/C should go. The unit's leading edge should be located a set distance from rib 0, and will be comparable to the same age Safari trailers. Both of my service manuals are in the trailer, I'll try to get over there and grab one today.
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Old 08-28-2007, 06:32 AM   #3
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110 runs down the left side and 12 volt runs down the right side on all of them I have seen.
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Old 08-31-2007, 10:10 AM   #4
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I do not have a 110 outlet in my ceiling, so I still need a location, if anybody knows.

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I do not have a 110 outlet in my ceiling, so I still need a location, if anybody knows.

Thanks!
I do not have a chart for the Argosy trailers.

The chart for the 1973 trailers show 71 inches rearward of station "0" on a 21 foot Airstream trailer and 95 inches rearward of station "0" on a 23 foot Airstream trailer.

Your wires for the AC should be between those two dimension.

Also, the wires should be a little rearward of the center of the axle, as well as possibly a ceiling vent.

Station "0" is the first forward main bow. Also the forward edge of the awning rail is also station "0".

Plot that out on your Argosy and see how close they jive.

Please let us know.

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Old 09-01-2007, 06:38 AM   #6
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Thanks a lot Andy. One way or another I will be finding them this weekend, and I will post the exact location back here.
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Well Andy, you were right on the button. The pigtail for the prewired Air Conditioning was right behind the bow located at 71" rearward of station "0". Thanks, with your location and pictures of other 22ft Argosy trailers with A/C to look at, is was pretty easy to find.

We ended up having to frame in the opening with curved frames on the front and rear. This kept the shape of the roof, and forced the gasket to conform to the roof rather than vice-versa.

Every thing looks great, and I just have one question left. I have no power to the A/C. When I look in the owners manual, the power is controlled by a circuit breaker on the 120 volt panel (but with no pictures). My curcuit panel has one breaker and one blank spot where another could fit. I am guessing I just need to add another curcuit breaker to the box for the A/C, is that right?
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Yes, Kemosabe - you pick right trail.

Pull the cover off the breaker box; I'll bet you'll find a wire waiting to be hooked to a breaker.

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Well Andy, you were right on the button. The pigtail for the prewired Air Conditioning was right behind the bow located at 71" rearward of station "0". Thanks, with your location and pictures of other 22ft Argosy trailers with A/C to look at, is was pretty easy to find.

We ended up having to frame in the opening with curved frames on the front and rear. This kept the shape of the roof, and forced the gasket to conform to the roof rather than vice-versa.

Every thing looks great, and I just have one question left. I have no power to the A/C. When I look in the owners manual, the power is controlled by a circuit breaker on the 120 volt panel (but with no pictures). My curcuit panel has one breaker and one blank spot where another could fit. I am guessing I just need to add another curcuit breaker to the box for the A/C, is that right?
Sometimes it is necessary to pull the breaker box away from the wall.

Airstream usually dead ended, the beginning of the AC wire, behind the breaker panel.

You may have to enlarge the hole behind the breaker box to find that wire.

You will have to add a 20 amp breaker to the panel.

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This forum is great. Thank you to everybody for all the help, it really helped this project go smooth. I won't have to try to weasel my way into other peoples trailers that have A/C next time it hits 95 degrees
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