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Old 01-10-2007, 10:33 PM   #1
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Removing AC 67 Safari

Going to remove the AC on my 67 Safari. Any ideas what I can with the hole that will be left over. Seems like a great spot for a skylight but where can I find an aluminum spacer to cover the space between the skin and interior?

The goal is to get the ac off the roof and not end up with a bad result or hole that just doesn't look like it should be there?

Anyone done this on a 60s trailer?

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Old 01-11-2007, 12:34 AM   #2
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A/C removal

Mike, Checkout the PM I sent you in response to yours. Also, why remove the A/C unit? Does it work? Have you had it tested by an RV shop to see if it can be repaired? I have been told that these old units are very desirable and tend to keep the trailer cooler than new units. If it's not repairable maybe you could modify the opening and install a more modern one. Just a few ideas. Before I forget...Welcome to the forums. You will find a lot of help here and a wealth of knowledge. Ask anything you have questions on and we will try to help. Use the search tab on the blue tool bar above and type some keywords to narrow the search for what you are looking for. Again welcome to the forums and happy trails. Ed
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Old 01-11-2007, 07:22 AM   #3
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Ed,

AC is newer and it works fine be we don't need or want it. We will use or camper for trips into the mountains and for winter trips skiing. We also like to dry camp when we can and try and keep the power requirements down to what our honda generator can handle.

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Old 01-11-2007, 07:41 AM   #4
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Hi Mike, welcome! I must commend you on your excellent taste in Airstreams. Our Safari didn't come with AC (don't need it either in the Northwest!) Good luck with your project, whatever you decide to do.
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Old 01-11-2007, 08:34 AM   #5
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Mike, A skylight made for RV's normally comes with it's own surround to cover the depth of the skin to inner skin. They are usually 4 inches, and then you trim to the proper depth. Give consideration to a Fantastic Fan. This suggestion will start controversy, however, I have had absolutely nothing but good experiences with the product as well as the company. If it breaks, contact them, and they will supply the parts necessary to get it going again.....and normally for free.
It allows for thermostatic controlled opening and closing, air in and out, as well as a rain sensor to close if it rains and you aren't there. Lesser options available.
Welcome to the bunch.
Think seriously before cuttin' anyting in/on an Airstream. Once it is cut, it is 'OH SO HARD' to uncut!
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Old 01-11-2007, 09:39 AM   #6
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Why not get a Fantastic Fan? It will go in the 14 inch hole the air condiotner comes out of, and can pull in air, or push out air. Cover is smoke gray for a skylite.
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Old 01-11-2007, 09:54 AM   #7
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Any plans for the AC unit?
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Old 01-17-2007, 10:13 PM   #8
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AC removal

If it's an original AC you may find there are only 2 small holes. One for the fan spindle and one for the refridgerant lines, Neither are bigger that 2" - 3" oval. I have an original unit that I'm about to remove and repair the shroud for. I spoke to Andy with Inland and he tells me these units just have the 2 holes typically. The unit was basically 2 pieces with the compressor and condenser on top, and the evaporator and fan inside.

Going to keep my AC. Texas is plenty hot without it, and these older units are tanks, plus the benefit they are the few units that can be serviced easily.

If your shroud is in good shape, you might want to sell it. I need to replace mine, but after pricing the new vintage styles, decided to try a repair.
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Alt, Let me know how you make out on the shroud repair as mine too could use some TLC and I was wondering how to repair it. Thanks, Ed
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Mike, If you only end up with the same two small holes that I see on my unit then you may be just needing to place a small aluminum patch over the holes. Seal it on edges with sikaflex221 and Olympic rivet around the patch to seal the roof. The inside is easily repaired with plastic plugs from hardware store and then you can paint them to match interior ceiling color. Ed
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link to shroud repair

BigEd52.
Think TomW is the expert on these since he did it to his 67 Overlander.
Here's the link to his work.

http://www.knology.net/~tcwilliams/ShroudRepair.htm

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Great information

First thanks for all the great information. I'm in Iraq until Mid Feb so excuse my delayed responses. I spend a few minutes everyday working on my "plan" for the Safari. My last Airstream was a Caravel but it was too small although it was in excellent condition when we finished updating everything.

For those who have asked the Safari is in San Diego I just have not had a chance to move the whole family since the deployment got in the way. The AC is not the original but a 2000 (I think) and works well, total overkill for a small vintage I believe. I'll take photos before I pull it and put it up for sale.

I put fantastic fans in my Caravel but (you'll all love this) I already have the original vents with fans in the trailer plus a "skylight" where the AC was originally installed and now the AC (another hole). The AC is now mounted over the axle where is should be and the "skylight" is well done but I doubt an original installation. I really like the original fans (front and back) so the challange remains to put something in the AC hole that looks near original...

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