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Old 03-14-2004, 05:30 PM   #15
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Someone posted this already, but it is imperative that you have a 30A hookup to start the A/C compressor. Mine will not start on the 15A adaptor plugged into a standard wall outlet.
The shroud from the picture above is one from InlandRV. My Armstrong A/C utilizes the same shroud. The original a/c is very nice, and well worth fixing. It runs quiet and with little vibration, compared to new a/c units. Also, the shroud and drain work very well. The entire assembly is custom to the Airstream, and has alow profile. It sqats on teh curvature, looking more like it belongs there than the modern A/C units. Those are proportioned differently.
I had mt new shroud painted silver by a auto paint shop. It looks great.
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Jaco,

The Armstrong AC units are worth fixing. Look at how many Airstreams still have a 25 year old unit that works installed. Very few aftermarket units last 10 years let alone 25. Most of them will also out cool the current crop of AC units too.

The Armstong units CAN be repaired, most others are toss and replace. If you look at the replacement cost and figure that you may get 7 years out of an AC unit, I would be on the 4th unit at $650.00 each (using the current Airstream equal, Duotherm Penguin). That $2600.00 buys a ton of parts and pays for lots of labor, I doubt anyone has spent that kind of money over the life of their ownership on just the AC.

Yes the shrouds for Inland are spendy, but they ARE available. I see he now has some of the lower wraps for the Motorhomes too, those are also spendy, but I bet having a body shop make one would cost more if I needed it.

Just my $.02 worth...............
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Old 03-14-2004, 06:03 PM   #17
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My Armstrong is 32 years old, and still does its job as it is supposed to. If you spend a few hundred on your unit now, it may last another 10 years or more before replacement.
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removing the shroud

Hi everyone, Happy Mothers day to all the moms out there and all the single dads too.I have been playing with my 3 kids all morning(ages 4,2 and 11mos!)boy are they a handfull
I have an Armstrong AC, and want to remove the shroud. How do you do this? Are there bolts on the roof or are they inside? I have never been up on the roof so I was just wondering the easiest way to get it off. I know to be very careful with it once it is off but I need to get there first. Can anyone give me directions? Rob
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Hi everyone, Happy Mothers day to all the moms out there and all the single dads too.I have been playing with my 3 kids all morning(ages 4,2 and 11mos!)boy are they a handfull
I have an Armstrong AC, and want to remove the shroud. How do you do this? Are there bolts on the roof or are they inside? I have never been up on the roof so I was just wondering the easiest way to get it off. I know to be very careful with it once it is off but I need to get there first. Can anyone give me directions? Rob
Rob, I think mine is different from yours, but mine is held on by four screws. Remove the screws and slide the housing forward, then up and off. It would really help if you had someone that you could hand the housing to after removing it. They are not at all heavy, but they are very awkward, and if it is windy, you could wind up doing a mary Poppins across your yard.
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And since we are here again talking about these, I need a condensor fan motor for mine. Anybody have one from an old unit they replaced?
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Here is a post I made a good while back. Maybe it might help you:

When I bought my Excella from the PO, he told me that the AC was not blowing cold air, just air. He said it would be fixed before I picked up the unit and felt it was low on freon.. When I arrived he said that no one wanted to work on the unit and was told to just replace it. I brought it from AZ to TN and enlisted help from a friend as we both poured over the service manual that came with the unit. He checked the freon and found it to be just a little low, not enough to keep the compressor from starting up. I checked the thermostat and jumped across the terminals as stated in the manual. Nothing doing. I measured for current and could not find anything within the thermostat. It should have shown 24 volts DC. Checking on top of the AC unit I found that 125 volts AC were coming into it. A transformer on the street side of the unit was supposed to send out 24 volts DC to the thermostat but was only showing 9 volts. Hmmm. I found a new 125VAC to 24VDC transformer at an electrical supply house, bolted it up. As soon as I turned the AC on and the thermostat to 65 degrees the AC compressor energized. That humming was sweet to my ears. A $15 fix beats a new AC any day. Get a service manual and test your unit without frying youself. I can't say it is as easy as my problem but who knows. You heard right, the Armstrong was built to commercial standards and is tough.
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if any of ya need a compressor these folks may help.

you will need to do the cross referance from the page below....

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if any of ya need a compressor these folks may help.

you will need to do the cross referance from the page below....

http://http://www.tpc-nacg.com/techdocs.htm

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John, I get a page cannot be displayed error when I try it.
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