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Old 05-10-2014, 05:36 PM   #1
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AC for 16'

Hi all -

Regarding a 1961 Bambi - DH wants to put an AC unit on the top where the sky light is located. Couple of questions: 1) Does the roof of this trailer need to be reinforced first? (2) What BTU would you recommend for a little trailer like this?
Any additional insights also welcomed.

Thank you much!
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Old 05-10-2014, 05:54 PM   #2
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AC is standard on today's 16' Bambi. I don't know about the units' ratings, but imagine their on-line specs or a phone call to a dealer-- or an email to the Airstream (manufacturer) hotline could tell you.
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Old 05-10-2014, 05:57 PM   #3
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For a 16 I would be tempted to put a 9000 or 11000 AC unit in it so I could run it on a single 2000 honda generater. Jim
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We are the third owner of a 1961 Bambi. We just replaced the third AC each being 20 years apart (had paperwork). We put on a Penguin 9000 because I thought it was the quietest and how much space needed cooling. Not really very quiet. We do need AC but I sure miss an upper skylight. It needs to be reinforced because they weren't made for that weight up there.
Any chance of you looking at the kind that goes under the bed, maybe in front of the wheelwell?
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Old 06-13-2014, 03:14 PM   #5
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The 2014 Sport 16' uses an 11,000 BTU AC unit.
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Portable AC?

I also have a vintage Bambi and I was thinking about purchasing a portable AC unit instead of going with the roof mount. Has anyone tried using these as an alternative? Any recommendations for size and brand? What about a combination Air/DeHumidifier/Heat Portable system?
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Old 07-10-2014, 10:38 PM   #7
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I am in Texas. I do not regret putting 13000, and most recently 15000 BTU AC units on my Caravels, Bambis,Bubbles and Cloud. You need the cooling here. I have been in Bambis with 8000BTU units and the AC was horrible....hardly worth the effort.
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Old 08-20-2014, 09:33 PM   #8
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Regarding a 1961 Bambi - DH wants to put an AC unit on the top where the sky light is located. Couple of questions: 1) Does the roof of this trailer need to be reinforced first? (2) What BTU would you recommend for a little trailer like this?
Any additional insights also welcomed.
Hi Carol -

I have a 2010 Bambi 16' International and it came with an 11,000 BTU from the factory. I'm in Maine and use the trailer mostly for local overnights so I've never, not once, used the AC. I removed it last weekend to save weight and to let more light into the mid-rear section. I do plan to keep the unit in case I ever need to reinstall it, sell the trailer, etc. Let's hope not

As a result, I have photos of the operation and will be glad to provide you with those if it helps you install something similar, and to show you any ribs around the area to support the heavy (100 lbs) A/C unit. Let me know if there's anything specific you need and I'll be glad to provide some pics.
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Living in BC, we've never needed the AC around here. But if the northerners travel out-of-area, it can be a blessing. (Recalling one scorching hot stay in Zion NP in September-- thankfully, we had it.)
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Old 08-21-2014, 04:42 PM   #10
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Carol, here in Texas go with a 13K unit, reinforce the framing around the opening with 1X2 wood placed in the aluminum channels otherwise you will find that when you tighten down the 4 bolts holding the AC unit to the roof, these aluminum channels will collapse. If you can stand on the roof (on the rib lines, of course) that there will be sufficient capacity to support your new AC, otherwise removal of interior skins will be required to add additional channel reinforcing.
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I lived in Maine for most of 20 years. I never lived in a house that had A.C. for any of that time. The only car I had AC in was my Saab. Never needed or turned it on for 3 years. Moved back south and needed it by the time I got to Virginia. No surprise it did not work. $200 later I had working AC. I am sure there is a lesson there.
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Old 08-21-2014, 06:20 PM   #13
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For what it's worth...The PO of my '61 Bambi placed a small window unit in place of the front window. They built a sturdy aluminum frame out of angle-iron that supports it. I'm REALLY glad they chose that INSTEAD of a roof mount. This little Bambi stays frigid even when parked in full summer sun! And it's really quiet, too. Click image for larger version

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