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Old 04-27-2009, 06:08 PM   #1
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NEW AC FOR 63 Globetrotter

I just purchased a non-air conditioned Gt,would it have the 110 volt wire and drain in the roof,I`ve read newer models do,even though they didn`t have Ac from the factory.Any help would be appreciated.Thanks,Dave
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Old 04-27-2009, 06:46 PM   #2
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I have not looked in the roof of my '63 GT, but since the only openings are the astradome in the front and the fan vent in the rear... neither of which you would make a good place for the A/C... I would say it is not pre-wired.
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NEW AC FOR 63 Globetrotter

I don't believe that the '63 models were universally pre-wired for air conditioning, but one way to determine whether your coach may have been is to check the 120-volt AC circuit box looking for an unused circuit which would indicate air conditioning preparation. A vintage friendly dealer or the Airstream factory should be able to give you the details on the air conditioner location -- I know that in the 1960s and as late as 1978 that the air conditioner was not installed in an existing vent -- it was placed a measured distance from the main #1 roof bow and the hole was cut centered on the roof.

Good luck with your investigation!

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Old 04-27-2009, 08:34 PM   #4
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Here is an example of where NOT to mount a roof top A/C
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Old 04-28-2009, 03:06 PM   #5
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Here is an example of where NOT to mount a roof top A/C
I notice your GT has spare on back,I`ve also read they go behind the propane tanks,any idea which is correct? Also does anyone know how many panels back from the front skylight does the ac go? Thanks,Dave
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I notice your GT has spare on back,I`ve also read they go behind the propane tanks,any idea which is correct? Also does anyone know how many panels back from the front skylight does the ac go? Thanks,Dave
Wires are not in your trailer for an AC.

The Ac must be located so that more of it's weight is forward of the axle, than behind the axle.

Then, the roof must be reinforced length wise, betwen the 2 main bows where the AC will be located. That reinforcement is done with "stringers."

Nothing must be mounted on the bumper. If you do, your asking for frame-shell damage.

I know, people do it anyway, and then complain of the cost to fix what they did.

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Thanks Andy and all others,I`m getting smarter all the time. Dave
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Thanks Andy and all others,I`m getting smarter all the time. Dave
Many of us can be helpful, but usually it helps to spell out the year and length that your talking about.

You own a 73, but were talking about a 63.

Can be confusing.

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Andy,I own a 73 and 77 Overlander,and just bought a 63 Globetrotter,just can`t figure out how to update profile.Dave
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Andy,I own a 73 and 77 Overlander,and just bought a 63 Globetrotter,just can`t figure out how to update profile.Dave
In your profile you could list "many."

Nah, just kidding.

Depending on which coach your talking about, there are 3 answers to the same possible question.

But it does help knowing what year and length a person is talking about.

We go through this everyday, and some answer, "what difference does it make, it's an Airstream."

Oops.

We can best help someone, if we are on the same page as they are.

That's also helpful to others as well.

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If its usefull I've removed the interior skins form a '64 safari with no sign of ever having A/C. Between the skins in the space where the AC would go it had a 12/2 wire capped and coiled leading back to, but short of the box, end coiled. Instead of a single continous rib it has 2 half ribs that end aprox 8" from the ctr line of the roof. 1 fore, 1 aft of the ctr skylite. And, a rectangle marked in red on the inside of the outer skin. Possibly early '60s were built to recieve A/C ? Also found old flat antenna wire between the skins, ends coiled with no exit holes. A 16 ga 12 volt wire capped where a extry door light would go. Looks like they were built ready to recieve the options, if the customer was willing to pay.
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If its usefull I've removed the interior skins form a '64 safari with no sign of ever having A/C. Between the skins in the space where the AC would go it had a 12/2 wire capped and coiled leading back to, but short of the box, end coiled. Instead of a single continous rib it has 2 half ribs that end aprox 8" from the ctr line of the roof. 1 fore, 1 aft of the ctr skylite. And, a rectangle marked in red on the inside of the outer skin. Possibly early '60s were built to recieve A/C ? Also found old flat antenna wire between the skins, ends coiled with no exit holes. A 16 ga 12 volt wire capped where a extry door light would go. Looks like they were built ready to recieve the options, if the customer was willing to pay.
That's how all the trailer were wired for the AC, starting in 1964.

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Check out post #78 of GT1963's thread Flight-of-the-Ladybug.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f135/flight-of-the-ladybug-30272-6.html


They cut a hole in the roof to install an A/C in a '63 Globetrotter.
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Andy,you seem to have missed the title of the post [NEW AC FOR 63 GLOBETROTTER]
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