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Old 05-29-2009, 06:30 PM   #1
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Smile 1964 Tradewind w/Baybreeze AC Unit

Greetings - I have a 1964 Tradewind with factory installed Armstrong Baybreeze Air Conditioning. I was going to replace the A/C unit with a new one, but it appears that it is functional and produces ice cold air. The compressor appears to work properly and does not need a freon charge.

My problem is that the fan turns verrry slowly and then stops running altogether after 5 minutes. I'm going to put some oil in the fan (as suggested by the factory owners manual) but will most likely replace the fan with a new one because there is a lot of rust on the case.

A.O. Smith has a motor that several people have installed to replace the old one which is model #105.

I have read the postings going back several years on the Baybreeze units and it seems that they are a high quality unit. I will just need to purchase a new fiberglass shroud.

I'm also going to replace the thermostat inside the trailer as it does not work.

If there is anyone out there with information that would help me out in getting the unit into tip top shape that would be most appreciated.

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Old 05-29-2009, 10:37 PM   #2
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Perry, send me your email address and I will send you some pictures of the one I just removed from my 66 Safari. You are welcome to any parts you want. I am in Nor. Cal. (Chico)

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Old 05-29-2009, 11:14 PM   #3
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Perry, I bought one of the AO Smith 105s with the plan to put it in, but then found that the AC was in worse shape than originally thought. So the motor is in the box in the garage. Want it? (It's heavy, so we may need just to find some other forum members heading from out this way to out that way.)


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Old 05-30-2009, 06:42 AM   #4
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Hey there!We are using a bay breeze as I type in our 1970 Soveriegn. Ours needed all of the motor starting capacitors....the fan will act like you describe if it has a bad one...We replaced the starter relay too after looking at all the corrosion up there. Any AC supply can match up the capacitors, ours looked different and had to be mounted with tie wrapsgood luck!Kevin
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Old 05-30-2009, 07:57 AM   #5
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Oh, I forgot to add in the link to a site on the Baybreeze:

Bay Breeze Air Conditioner


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Old 05-30-2009, 09:38 AM   #6
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Greetings!

My e-mail address is: perrynikolakakis@hotmail.com

Thanks for your assistance!

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Old 05-30-2009, 09:40 AM   #7
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Hi Lynn,

I would love to have the motor. Mine is very rusty in addition to running poorly (and the seal into the trailer is bad too). I'm happy to do whatever it takes to get it shipped my way so let me know what to do or send me your contact information and I will call you. My e-mail address is: perrynikolakakis@hotmail.com.

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Old 05-30-2009, 02:36 PM   #8
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No problem on taking the motor! I have no idea what else I would do with a nice new motor with no use! I'll look up what we paid for it and then do some kind of discount from there.

Ok, is anybody reading this subforum planning to go from northern New Mexico to northern California? (If we don't get a response here, we'll put out a broader call.)


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Old 05-30-2009, 02:52 PM   #9
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Hi Gang,

Keep the Armstrong's running as long as possible
From what I have read, they were overbuilt and provided more "chill" than the other brands.

Some say the Armstrong ACs are built better than today's units.

I wish my 67 had an AC.
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Old 05-30-2009, 06:23 PM   #10
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Anybody heading New Mexico to California? (Last chance. I'll post specifically if we don't find a "taker" in this thread.)

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Old 05-30-2009, 08:44 PM   #11
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Perrynik,
Glad you started this thread. I have the same AC on my 1959 Overlander and I've been looking for more information, the site that eubank listed is great. We just bought our trailer in April and recently tested the AC. I was pretty amazed at how well it worked after many years dormant. Any chance you could scan or copy your owner's manual and send me a copy?
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Oh, also, when I do the new AC (it'll be a few months), I will still have the cover from the Bay Breeze that I bought several years ago from Inland Andy. It's a heavy-duty stinker!

But first the current projects. Put in the new kitchen window today, and I'm working on putting on the new axles, hubs, brakes, the whole schnitt. Gotta finish all that before Rocky Mountain VAC!

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Old 05-31-2009, 11:16 AM   #13
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Hi Norm and Mary,

Please send me an e-mail with your mailing address and I will send you a copy of the manual. It is just 2 pages and was part of my 1964 Airstream owners manual.

My e-mail address is: perrynikolakakis@hotmail.com

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Old 06-01-2009, 11:51 PM   #14
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Eubank, where'd you get your windows?

I have a 64 sovereign. I need to replace two of the glass vented style windows with sliders or something I can use as a service window (I'm making mine into a concession stand) I was also wondering where I might place an ad for the windows I'm removing. I wish I could use them somewhere else on the airstream but the other windows are smaller. I can't figure out how to attach my photos of the windows. Thank you
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