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Old 05-30-2006, 07:28 PM   #1
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AC for 65 Globetrotter

I've made up my mind to add an AC unit to my 65 GT, but I am unsure where to locate it on the roof. I had seen on a back issue of Airstream Life a 65 with the AC installed over the front hatch, but I think that is because it was not originally wired for AC.


On my rig, when I open the battery access dor there is a plastic hose where I am assuming is for the A/C drip. Assuming the drain is straight up is that where I should install the unit?

I am considering the low profile carrier.

Any advice?

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Old 05-30-2006, 07:41 PM   #2
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Your coach is factory wired and plumbed for A/C. It SHOULD be in a 14" hole near the center of the coach, probably in the center vent location. You should be able to find a 110v plug or wires terminating at this location to hook the unit up to.
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Old 05-30-2006, 08:55 PM   #3
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It should go just in front of the rear vent. The clear hose in the battery area is a vent for the battery.
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Old 06-06-2006, 01:47 PM   #4
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Rib

I crawled up ontop of the GT and I think I can see where the hole goes. I am assuming that the hole goes behind the rib, which would put it between the rear vent and the first major rib.

Is this correct? Please see my picture of where I am assuming it will go.

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Call Airstream tech support before cutting any huge gaping holes in your roof. They should be able to tell you exactly where to do it. In the newer models, (i.e. "70's" and up") there are tables in the service manuals that specify exactly where the factory wiring is in relation to the front main bow. they should have that same information for older models, even though it wasn't published in a service manual....
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Old 06-11-2006, 06:11 PM   #6
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Call Airstream tech support before cutting any huge gaping holes in your roof. They should be able to tell you exactly where to do it. In the newer models, (i.e. "70's" and up") there are tables in the service manuals that specify exactly where the factory wiring is in relation to the front main bow. they should have that same information for older models, even though it wasn't published in a service manual....

Calling Airstream tech support was a good idea, since they set me straight on where I could locate the air conditioner and find a live wire. BUT and this is a BIG BUT, the rig was not wired for AC as previously posted. Whoever stated that the 65 was wired for AC should note that not all of them were wired......

To my surprise when I cut the hole in the coach and felt around there was no wire. I cut the rest and still, no wire. I got the AC installed and had to fish through the wall another wire. What joy it is to fish your airstream... NOT

All in all a busy day, but I did get the unit wired up and it's all cranked down. Doesn't look bad either, but I will be painting the shroud silver.

what a day....


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Old 06-11-2006, 06:13 PM   #7
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prior picture

Oh, and the prior picture I posted was wrong. the AC was to be located front of the rib not aft.

Thanks Chuck for recommending tech support!!!
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How about a pic of your accomplishment. We all want to see.
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Yeah! post pics!!

So how'd you manage to fish that wire? (Yikes! )

did your a/c panel have only 1 circuit in it? Mine has 2; 1 for the air conditioner, and one for "everything else"....

how'd you manage to hoist that thing up on top?

Details, Details!!!

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Old 06-15-2006, 12:08 PM   #10
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pictures

Here are some pictures of the AC ontop of my rig.

The fishing job was not a full down to the frame from the top. I cut my losses and snuck it into one of the top cabinets and then ran it along the back to the fuse box.
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Brand Name of AC unit.

I want to install an AC in my Caravel and like the AC look that you have. Can I please get the info on where you bought ia and for approx. how much.

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Old 06-15-2006, 02:56 PM   #12
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Model & Price

The unit I bought was a Carrier Air V 13.5K BTUs and a heat strip. I bought mine from family RV in florida.

Check out this link

http://www.airforums.com/forum...dge%3B+florida

Now onto polishing!
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Yeah! post pics!!

So how'd you manage to fish that wire? (Yikes! )

did your a/c panel have only 1 circuit in it? Mine has 2; 1 for the air conditioner, and one for "everything else"....

how'd you manage to hoist that thing up on top?

Details, Details!!!

The AC did not weigh as much as I expected, but I used several blankets and some neoprene floor pads from my daughters closet. I slid up the AC on the ladder and my wife balanced it for me. Once ontop of the rig, the neoprene pads helped to keep from scratching the finish.

Once I set the first bolt I had to adjust the unit from the outside while my wife fitted the other three. From there it was easy, but the instructions from Carrier suck.

I still have to purchase another junction box, to clean it up a little.
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Old 06-15-2006, 07:02 PM   #14
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AC for the Caravel

Hey Clancy Boy,
I put low profile Carrier on both Caravels. You will not beat the price from Palomino...beat the heck out of famlily rv in FLA. They really fit the profile on the small body Airstreams. I really like the rotating vents too. Drain tubes is the problem...plan for it on installation. I mounted mine forward and put a Fantasic Fan in the old AC hole. This had to be done if for nothing but asthetics.
Edit ....edit... I mounted the AC aft on the 66 and forward on the 69.
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