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Old 05-12-2007, 08:52 AM   #1
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40 year old Armstrong finally went belly-up

Ok, here's the second problem we had on our trip to Zion and back with the 67: It was unusually hot at the beginning of the trip (low 90s, way hot for what we're used to), so we retreated to the rig and turned on the AC. It worked ok for about an hour, but then just emitted a groan and quit. Thereafter it would groan for a few seconds every minute or so, but fail to start.

I figure the old thing is just dead, a matter that doesn't shock much, given its age. Just too bad that I put a brand-new heavy-duty AC cover on it from Inland a couple of years ago.

So here's the question: What do we replace it with? We need a model that does not require a lot of alteration to the AS for the replacement. Nor do we need anything heavy-duty since it's a rare occasion that the thing would be placed into service at all.

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Old 05-12-2007, 09:34 AM   #3
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Oh, I think we'll probably replace rather than repair this time. Which means that we'll also have a bunch of Armstrong spares for anybody that wants them!

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You will be way ahead in that..
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When you switch it out, make sure and measure the height and width profiles of each unit and see what effect it has on your mileage. I have wondered more than once if it would pay to get rid of the monster on top of mine and put a low profile unit in its place.
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I do not know much about your AC unit, but it sounds like the start capacitor may have gone bad. Maybe someone with more knowledge on your unit might know if that could be the problem.
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Hummm. Well, maybe I should consider just fixing it. It's going to be a bit before I can do any of this, though. (The beginning of our season is just days away, and the park's crop of grass and weeds grew exponentially while we were gone!)

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i would suggest having someone that actually repairs refrigeration equipment have a look at it.

might just need a starting capacitor and a shot of freon.

fans and compressors can be found for them.

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Ok, now you guys have got me thinking about finding somebody to look at the thing. Alas, that's no easy task in the boondocks! I figure I'll have to locate somebody in Albuquerque and haul it down there. Any list members around these parts know of anybody good?

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Ok, now you guys have got me thinking about finding somebody to look at the thing. Alas, that's no easy task in the boondocks! I figure I'll have to locate somebody in Albuquerque and haul it down there. Any list members around these parts know of anybody good?

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Lynn,

Don't junk it just yet! Your symptoms sound like it's 'trying' to start but isn't getting the boost from the capacitor(s). I'm not an Armstrong guy as there just aren't any down here and evenyone else has the big 3 (Duo-therm, RVP/Coleman and Carrier), but if it was a Dometic or other of the 3 that was doing that, I'd bet a few large that the start cap and PTCR were fried.

Should be a simple fix and not too costly (WAAAAYYY LESS than a new unit) and besides, those old armstrongs will turn your trailer into a meat locker when running properly.

I would replace it ONLY as a last resort!

I would also look for a seasoned HVAC veteran to do the work, not necessarily an RV-type.
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Lynn (snip) ...I would also look for a seasoned HVAC veteran to do the work, not necessarily an RV-type.
Yep, and I'd like to thank you and the others for changing my mind on this one. I've written to a couple of folks around Albuquerque to see if we can locate a good HVAC person down there.


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Well, damn. It wasn't the capacitor.

I guess it's the motor, which doesn't look to be in much better condition than Tom's; thankfully, however, Tom also sourced the replacement:

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