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Old 08-28-2014, 01:49 PM   #15
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Think about saving the old unit, some one on here might want it!


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Old 08-28-2014, 09:14 PM   #16
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I've had my old Armstrong sitting for quite some time now. Multiple posts on C-list and no one has wanted it.

Sounds like your removal went way easier than mine.... I had to dig to find each and every screw head- which was a total pain. Then I polished and bucked in some matching rivets into the old screw holes. I fab'd up a frame from aluminum c-channel, but had to use wood on the fore & aft cross pieces because the roof is curved and I didnt want a flat spot.

Here's some pics of what I did.
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Old 08-28-2014, 09:18 PM   #17
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Man- Had to break up the pics into 2 posts...

That brings back some memories... It was ALOT of work to retrofit a new style AC.... No question about it.
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Old 08-28-2014, 09:24 PM   #18
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Oh.... and I had the Gantry's to use as scaffold. I cant even imagine trying to do this without. SOOOO glad I did this now even though the Armstrong was still working.
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Old 08-28-2014, 10:27 PM   #19
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I bet the new A/C is as loud or louder than the Armstrong.....

Just something I gathered from reading posts on here.
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:11 PM   #20
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Maybe. But I didnt upgrade for noise improvement. My improvements are increased BTU from the original 10k, to the now 15k. New one is a heat pump. New one has much higher CFM at 310. I can now control everything from the thermostat- fan, compressor, heat pump, furnace. Its low profile with a matching black shroud that just looks way better on my coach. When it dies, its 6 wires and 4 bolts to remove and install in a flash.
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:29 PM   #21
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Replace A/C in '72 Ambassador

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My painted cover looks pretty good, the cooler runs from the thermostat, fan and compressor. No heat pump.

It is only an 11K unit, but it keeps my trailer pretty comfortable, even in southern NM this July and central AR a couple weeks ago. It might be that the wood on my walls helps to stay a lot of heat transfer though.

To the best I can tell, it looks like the A/C was installed when the trailer was built 42 years ago. It still blows cold, no shakes or rattles, I don't find it particularly loud, especially on low fan.

I have no problem with new units, but I don't like their disposability.

There is nothing stock as far as fixtures and appliances except for my old a/c.

If that take out wasn't so far south from me I would try to buy it so I could fix up a spare for when mine does break. (For a quick fix).

When my Armstrong goes south I will be fixing it.
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:35 PM   #22
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I misunderstood your mention of the shroud, you were talking about the outside shroud....

Yea, my shroud is pretty tall.

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Old 08-29-2014, 07:15 AM   #23
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Morgan you need a strip of wood down the outside of that trailer as well. You could have the first Airstream WOODY.

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Old 08-29-2014, 07:39 AM   #24
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Lol, yea I know, but my wife wont let me extend the wood theme to the outside though.
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Don't get me thinking about an Airstream Woody! Sure would look cool! I just picked out the wildest veneer for the table...

The parts are in, I'll install the new A/C on Monday when my helper is here.
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A/C in!

The deed is done! Got the old A/C off the top of the Airstream, and the other one in place just before the thunder and lightning hit. The "scaffolding" that I used worked out pretty well. I anchored twin 2X8s to the ladders on one side, and put the exit ramp on the other side. It was easy to lift up the old A/C, and have my helper slide the 2X8 under using a 2X4X12 ramp as a handle. I belayed the A/C from the ladder side while helper caught it from the other side, lowering it gently to the ground.

I used a scrap piece of plywood to act as a sled to get the new unit up. A bit more effort required- I was moved to intemperate language, I'm afraid. If had had it to over again I would re-engineer the overhang of the 2X8s, that was a problem.

New Brisk Air II is much quieter and more powerful than the old Armstrong. When the Armstrong went, it fried my Blue Sea 20A breaker! I installed all of the goodies, like the heater coil and the two drain cups. Framing was a combo of aluminum sides and curved oak ends. While the roof was open, I pulled the antenna wire for my SiriusXM, and a spare 12V wire, just in case.

I'm off to the scrap yard to get some beer money for the old unit.

Thanks to all for the great suggestions and feedback!
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Old 09-05-2014, 10:09 AM   #27
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Nice looking trailer under that scaffold!
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Old 09-05-2014, 02:05 PM   #28
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Let us know how the drains work. Mine don't work so well in high humidity.

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