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Old 04-07-2004, 03:20 PM   #1
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Hi All,

I would like to get to sealing around where the air conditioning sits on the roof. I have removed the cover inside and can see no signs of water leaks. The hole in the roof is visible along with the seal (with the help of a mirror and flashlight).

What I would like to do is remove the shroud or cover on the outside of the air conditioner. I have a Coleman Delta T unit, but do not have the manual for it.
I can see that the top half of the cover can be removed easily enough. My question is, can the lower half of the plastic/fibre glass shroud be removed without having to take the complete A/C unit out of the trailer? If this lower half can be removed, then that would make things much easier for cleaning up the roof and sealing where needed.

Any help that you experienced people could send my way, would be very much appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

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Old 04-07-2004, 03:50 PM   #2
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Mariner:

The approximate age of the unit, and which model of AS it is mounted on would be helpful to answer your request.

Be advised that I had a Coleman Mach 3, about 18 years old, on the 345, and i was VERY careful when I went to remove it, but it "shattered like an eggshell", despite my best efforts.

Just wanted to let you know that sometimes "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

I have seen pictures here on the Forum of Aluminum fabricated shrouds - if I had an older AC in good working order, and needed a shroud, I would be sorely tempted to go the "new aluminum" route.

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Old 04-07-2004, 04:24 PM   #3
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Hi Dennis,

Thx for the heads up - it would be much easier if you knew what I towed. So I have filled out my signature a little more and it reflects my current stable. And, yes I do like the Airstreams, but the deal for my Avion was too good a one to pass up.

The air conditioner is 1987 year model, has both heat and cool modes and I believe, is about 13,500 btu's.

My idea is to be able to remove the bottom half of the casing so that I can clean and seal (whatever might be needed) roof seams. Hopefully, this can be done without removing the complete air conditioner (say's I with my fingers crossed) and thus greatly reduce the work involved. :-)

Thx for your comments

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Old 04-07-2004, 06:59 PM   #4
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Mariner,

Your unit should be held on the roof by 3 or 4 bolts that connect the bottom of the frame of the AC to the inside of the trailer skin somehow. These should be visible with the inside ADB removed. This type of AC unit sits on a closed foam cell one piece donut gasket (whew). The gasket is compressed between the roof and the bottom of the AC as the bolts/nuts are tightened. My advice is if it does not leak leave it alone. if it does leak you need to get a new gasket, should be available at CW from the parts desk. They also have replacement shrouds that will be a "generic" fit for the AC in-case it disintegrates when you pull the shroud. Some units use a 2 piece shroud, others are one piece, but look like two. I don't know what one you have.
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Old 04-07-2004, 08:09 PM   #5
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Hi Brett,

If I understand what you are saying, I could have a one piece cover held down with four nuts, on long bolts I think. I can se four acorn nuts on the top of the casing. I haven't tried to do anything just yet, but did want to look for advice from the forum, on this, before I start anything. Or it could be a two part cover as well.

Well, I suppose I need to get up on the roof and tempt fate to know for sure.

Anyway, thanks for your comments. It has given m food for thought.

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Greetings all,
I have been reading various post on this forum and have not come across anything about replacement shrouds for vintage Airstreams. I have recently purchased a 1965 Overlander in surprisingly good condition for $3500.00 from an old friend.
There are, however a few things missing. One of these things is the ac shroud. The previous owner doesn't know what happened to it - he just noticed it was missing one day. I suspect the wind carried it off as the trailer was stored in the Mojave desert for 30 years and the wind can gust rather hard at times.
Does anyone know where I can start looking? I also need skylights or ceiling vents. I have working cranks - I just need the lids.

Any hints would be appreciated.

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Greetings all,
I have been reading various post on this forum and have not come across anything about replacement shrouds for vintage Airstreams. I have recently purchased a 1965 Overlander in surprisingly good condition for $3500.00 from an old friend.
There are, however a few things missing. One of these things is the ac shroud. The previous owner doesn't know what happened to it - he just noticed it was missing one day. I suspect the wind carried it off as the trailer was stored in the Mojave desert for 30 years and the wind can gust rather hard at times.
Does anyone know where I can start looking? I also need skylights or ceiling vents. I have working cranks - I just need the lids.

Any hints would be appreciated.

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Greg Smith a.k.a. "The Highlander"
Some of the shrouds are still available from Inlandrv.com
It will be hard to identify, be prepared to take some close-ups of the remainder of the a/c unit for id purposes.
The lids might be available as well from InlandRV. I replaced my vents with fantastic fans, they seem to do a very nice job of ventilating the entire interior, and include new lids and screens.
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There are, however a few things missing. One of these things is the ac shroud.
Does anyone know where I can start looking? I also need skylights or ceiling vents. I have working cranks - I just need the lids.

Any hints would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Greg Smith a.k.a. "The Highlander"
Welcome to the forums!
What brand is the A/C?
If it is a Coleman, you can get a new one from Camping World, or most RV parts stores.
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What brand is the A/C?
If it is a Coleman, you can get a new one from Camping World, or most RV parts stores.
It's the Armstrong ac. It works quite well for not being serviced in 25 years.
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