I know that there are some extremely knowledgeable folks here, and I would really appreciate some help with some A/C questions. I have searched high and low on these forums and can't really seem to find what I need. I hope this thread will provide some good reports for everyone to use.
I just purchased a 1964
Tradewind AS and have just finished gutting the interior. One of the major upgrades I plan to add is a new A/C unit as the old Coleman does not operate (per the PO - I think it's ugly and gross anyway...) After significant research, I have chosen to go with a Carrier Air V unit as my replacement. (Thank you Andy from Inland RV! - great advice)
Did my Tradewind come originally equipped with an A/C unit? What years did? (I think the answer is no, because I have all the original documentation and manuals and the only A/C info I have is a warranty card dated 1976. The other thing I found was a 110v romex line running down the refrigerator vent with a plug on the end plugged into the refer outlet.)
If not originally equipped, is there a hidden drain line somewhere?
If no drain line, I want to add one. (do things right the first time) What's the best method to add one?
I hear alot of talk about "drain pans" for A/C units. Do A/C units come with their own drain pans (which I assume connects to the drain line) or is a drain pan an added part that's necessary?
I will be living part time in our AS located in South Carolina (hot, humid summers with occasional freezing spells in the winter). I need to know the most energy efficient and mechanically efficient BTU size for my 24' trailer. 13,500 or 15,000? With or without heat strip?
My understanding is that a heat strip in an A/C will keep things warm down to about 45 degrees (outside) and that a 13,500 unit should
adequately cool things down in 100 degree weather for a 24' trailer. Anybody have this setup?
Thanks in advance for the intense wisdom!