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Old 07-09-2010, 02:14 PM   #1
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My Tradewind came with 3 vents two of which will be replaced with fantastic fans. I removed my old Armstrong AC and am going to get a new AC. I liked the look of the roof so much with out the front and rear vents and also minus the Ac that it got me thinking of locating the new AC where the middle vent is. I do realize that I need to still put in the stringers and cross braces. But doing it in this manner instead of original location would replace the vent that I probably would never use anyway and make for one less thing on the roof. What you think? Tried to edit and add pic but was unable. Will add .
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Here's a pic

You can make out that the middle vent and the old AC were about 6 " apart. It would also mean that I would not have to make yet another 14' x 14" hole in the roof.
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The 110 is easy since there isn't any wiring in it. I'll be rewiring it completely. Just went out and took a look at the ribs that the stringers would attach. The forward rib that the stringer would attach goes from the floor channel to about 2" above the entry door, so not a complete rib. The rear ribs that stringer would attach ends an inch or so from the sides of the vent.
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The 110 is easy since there isn't any wiring in it. I'll be rewiring it completely. Just went out and took a look at the ribs that the stringers would attach. The forward rib that the stringer would attach goes from the floor channel to about 2" above the entry door, so not a complete rib. The rear ribs that stringer would attach ends an inch or so from the sides of the vent.
Make sure that you run a drain line also.

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Make sure that you run a drain line also.

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Thanks for the reminder Bill. Yes, I had thought of that and not hard to do with no interior walls.
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The only downside is that since at least some of the unit will be in front of the forward axle you'll pick up some tongue weight and it may not balance/tow as well as it did with the compressor over the axle. Might not be enough to be a problem but thought I'd mention it.
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The only downside is that since at least some of the unit will be in front of the forward axle you'll pick up some tongue weight and it may not balance/tow as well as it did with the compressor over the axle. Might not be enough to be a problem but thought I'd mention it.
Thanks, I had thought of that myself. I may just end up cutting a new hole. Have not decided yet, probably wait until I have the AC. One thing that has me leaning towards cutting a new hole is the fact that the stringer at the vent location are not complete so I am concerned about structural strength.
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