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Old 05-23-2011, 09:56 AM   #1
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Advice needed - Cutting new AC in '64...

I think someone else posted this. It's starting to get hot - maybe too hot to work inside my aluminum oven. I have the AS parked in a spot with no shade - and since it has not axles on it right now, it's not going to get moved. I have been working after I get home from work (finished electrical, now have the plumbing to do) so it's kind of getting hot.

I want to install a top of the line AC Heat Pump. (Please forward recommendations) My big concern is locating the AC in the roof, and my second biggest concern is that it seems that all of the AC's are made for replacement, not new install. Is the trim kit with a new AC going to be sufficient, or do I need to find an install kit?

I'm also thinking of ordering "I" beam 1 1.5" aluminum extrusions to frame the opening, as well as reinforce the opening for my new hot water heater. Any suggestions?

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Old 05-23-2011, 10:59 AM   #2
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If your '64 is like my '63...there was a wire installed at the factory for the AC but there was no drain line. Ya might look at the breaker box to see it the wire is there for the AC. The exterior skin shows the results from years of condensate dripping down the left side, I'd recomment picking an AC that will allow the use of a drain line, then add one to your 'stream.

There are some experts here on the forum who may chime in with the factory location for the AC hole to be cut.

I can measure the location of mine and post some photos if you would like.
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Old 05-25-2011, 12:14 PM   #3
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I would like that very much.
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67 inches from the center of the front bow to the start of the opening. It may be easier to start at the back of the opening. See in the photos the 1.5" SQ wood is butted up against the bow that basically supports the weight of the AC.

The last photo shows the wire that's in the roof...

The AC is removed...a vent cover is taped over the hole...
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That's very helpful. I wish I had x-ray vision. My trailer has a very nice quilted vinyl ceiling that was an option on my model, so I don't want to just start cutting willy nillly. The other thing is that I'll have to route a drain tube inside, so I'll need to work all that out.
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