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Old 07-17-2005, 11:48 AM   #29
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thank you, overlander63.

I think any working AC will be a vast improvement over what I have now.
I wonder if the aluminum skin absorbs, or rather retains more heat than other type of skins. (But I like it anyway)

I'll keep updated on developments...
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Old 07-17-2005, 03:48 PM   #30
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I think adequacy is an objective thing when it comes to A/C sizing. I've been happy with the 12.5 K BTU Armstrong in the 31. Fortunately, it's still going strong. I put a Carrier 5 15 K in the 28, and it's got a BIG margin over the 12.5. Still, I'm happy with the thought that a 15 to 20 degree temp difference over outside is what I'm satisfied with, and with care, this Armstrong will still be running when the Carrier is disposed with.

(I also think that having awnings on three sides and a rock guard up front contributes a lot to cooling. My Argosy does not have any of those.)

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I think adequacy is an objective thing when it comes to A/C sizing. I've been happy with the 12.5 K BTU Armstrong in the 31. Fortunately, it's still going strong. I put a Carrier 5 15 K in the 28, and it's got a BIG margin over the 12.5. Still, I'm happy with the thought that a 15 to 20 degree temp difference over outside is what I'm satisfied with, and with care, this Armstrong will still be running when the Carrier is disposed with.

(I also think that having awnings on three sides and a rock guard up front contributes a lot to cooling. My Argosy does not have any of those.)

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For whatever reason, probably better design, the Armstrong A/C seems to cool better at 12.5, than most other units do with 13.5, or even 15k.
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Thiss is a great site! New here and my first post. I've been unable to find some of what i'm looking for but this may help.

I just reserected a 1975 Argosy 28 from an Aspen glade in Colorado and returned home to Texas after packing bearings and buying new tires, plugged it in to shore power to find the A/C blew air but not cold. Frige did not cool on Elec either. Water and LPG to be tackled later.

I asked an HVAC friend over and we pulled the "squirrel cage" apart (20+ poprivets, is that normal?) to find it still held factory charge of R-22. We CHANGED AWG in extention cords, went below to the thermostat switch and jumped it. There she blows, 50+ degree air. Did you check the thermostat? (the one with the temp lead coming out the back side). I have been fortunate with this salvage. After getting the roof back together and finding a new Ranco switch, I'll be onto the frige.

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> coul be you just need a new a/c unit?


That's it.... I replaced the breaker, which was the problem, as it turns out and the AC does not cut off anymore.

However, I think the compressor is going out. It's just blowing air which isn't cold. I think this is the original, 20 year old unit, so I suppose it did good, considering there is only a 2 year warranty on these Colman units.

Any idea if the above is true, and if so, what's a good place to get a Colman AC unit? Is it possible to find a used one?
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