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Old 10-13-2007, 09:20 PM   #1
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Adding air conditioning

Hi all. I am doing a complete makeover on a 66 Overlander Twin 26. Any idea what might be involved in adding air conditioning. I have all the original manuals, and there is no mention of A/C. The center roof vent is 14x14 which I am told is a standard size that should accept an A/C unit. I am not sure what brand of unit I will add. I work at a new car/RV dealer and I have a few used units available to me. I assume I will have to pull some inner wall panels to chase some wiring, and I think the unit itself is pretty much self contained. I am also wondering if I will end up with a second plug just for the A/C, or will I have to upgrade the fuse box and run it thru there? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Tom
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Old 10-13-2007, 09:29 PM   #2
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I think they were pre-wired for a/c units. It might be worth sending an e-mail to airstream with your model, year and number. I did this for my 1972 Tradewind and got a very quick and detailed response telling me where I would find the wiring, etc.Good luck!
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Old 10-19-2007, 11:11 PM   #3
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I have a question about roughing in for an A/C that won't be purchased or installed till long after I finish a bare-walls restoration, where I am trying to do as much as possible in advance so the walls don't have to come off later. This would be on a model that never had A/C or wiring.

I'm trying to figure out where the wire should emerge from the roof to power the thing; is this standard or do different A/Cs have different locations? From what I saw in another thread, the wire will come out somewhat forward of the 14X14 hole, but it would be nice to know exactly.

I'm thinking of getting a Coleman low-profile model, but that could change by the time I get around to it. Is there a standard location for A/C power connections?
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Old 10-20-2007, 02:00 PM   #4
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This is what I was told by Airstream when I asked for wire locations on my 1972 Tradewind:

"My record shows for a 25' twin bed the location would be approximately 106"
from the front rib. If the unit had a double bed, that would be
approximately 104" from that front rib. I do not have a circuit that this
would be on."

I would send Airstream an e-mail requesting the location for your model. They've been very good about responding to my questions. This is the e-mail address that I used:

tech@airstream.com
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Old 10-24-2007, 06:37 PM   #5
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A/C not in vent?

I did email Airstream. They said I should find the wiring 124" from the front rib. I am confused now. If the front rib is where I think it is (blue circle at the end of the ached part of the front end), then this puts the wiring several feet behind the center vent. So, if I am adding A/C to my Overlander, do I put the unit in the center vent, or make a new hole for it? Or, am I actually on the second rib? Thanks, Tom
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Old 10-24-2007, 06:47 PM   #6
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Ac install

Hey Tom, a rookie here, but Andy at inland gave me a measurement and stated that it was from that rib, which is the same as the end of the awning rail outside. It was nearly 2 feet back from the vent, and was told no, it does't go in the vent but rather behind it (which was right, and found the wire within a few inches of the measurement). I was really nervous cutting a hole that big in the trailer, so measured a bunch of times but worked out great. Check out the link here to my install, it was my first big project on the trailer besides new flooring and painting, because it was 100+ outside and was tired of sweating.

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Old 10-25-2007, 10:38 PM   #7
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not in the vent, huh?

Hey, thanks for your post. Looks like you did a great install. I have been assuming all along that the A/C unit mounted right in the center vent. I am still wondering why I would need 3 roof vents if I install air conditioning. If for some reason I would need to replace the wiring, would it still be possible to install the A/C in the vent? Right now, I just got the interior gutted so I can replace the last 3 feet of floor. It will be a while before I start to worry about the A/C. One step at a time. Thanks again, Tom
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Old 10-26-2007, 12:18 AM   #8
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4th hole

thanks, not a problem, I'm glad there's actually something I've done that can maybe help someone else (I'm usually asking questions). Ya know I don't know the right answer (ours only had two vents), but for as little effort as it took to cut the new hole it was worth it. I think the original vents aren't big enough for the AC unit anyway, and when you take the vent out you'd probably still have to brace between the skins to hold the AC unit anyway (which is what took most of the time). Having that extra vent, dunno the benefits but I'm guessing (and just that) it would be about the same amount of work either way, so why not have 3 vents and AC instead of two I guess?!? Good luck though either way and let us know how it goes!
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Argosy pre-wired for air conditioning?

Greetings:

Just bought a 1976 24' Argosy TT, with twin beds, and want to add air conditioning. Does anyone know for sure if this coach is factory pre-wired for air (and supported structurally as well)? I'm assuming that this space would be next to the existing center vent?

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Greetings:

Just bought a 1976 24' Argosy TT, with twin beds, and want to add air conditioning. Does anyone know for sure if this coach is factory pre-wired for air (and supported structurally as well)? I'm assuming that this space would be next to the existing center vent?

Thanks!

New to all of this.

If you send a message to the folks at Airstream (see my post #4 above for the address), they will respond with an answer and where the wires are located. Good luck!
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Old 12-09-2007, 10:22 PM   #11
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how many layers?

Well, I finally got around to cutting a hole in the roof where Airstream said I should find the A/c wire (124" back from the first rib). After cutting about a 3" square in the inner wall just next to the center trim, I hit another piece of heavier aluminum. Is there some sort of wiring channel running down the center or the roof? I'm a little leery of cutting into something I'm unsure of. I'll post a pic if that helps. I was just hoping this is a simple question with a simple answer, if there is such a thing. Thanks, Tom
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I know close to the trim on either side of the center section of the ceiling there were wires down both sides but centered on the roof there wasn't any wires to speak of in the way. Are you cutting off to the side or smack dab in the middle of the ceiling centered like the vents? A photo would help unless someone more experienced knows off the top of their head.
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yep, down the middle

I'm cutting about an inch from the center. There is a 1" wide trim piece down the center that seems to lock the left and right wall/ceiling panels together. My goal here is to find the A/C wire, then cut a 14X14 hole to accept the A/C unit. If this doesn't help enough, I'll get a pic. Tom
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Old 12-10-2007, 10:37 PM   #14
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AndyPenny,


In my 1976 Argosy 24 there was a 110v outlet on the ceiling, about one foot back of the centre vent. This is where you mount the unit and find the pre wire
apparently.


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