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Old 04-19-2009, 04:30 PM   #1
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Replacement Air Conn

Can someone tell me what unit would be the best to replace the air conn in our 76 31' sovereign? I was told coleman but I would like other opinions.

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Old 04-19-2009, 04:44 PM   #2
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Can someone tell me what unit would be the best to replace the air conn in our 76 31' sovereign? I was told coleman but I would like other opinions.

Thank you in advance
You want one that has the drip pan and IIRC that would be a Carrier, AFAIK Coleman does not have the drip pan and you will have water running off the side of the trailer. Not a good thing.

I would check with an Airstream dealer for specifics. Expect to pay ~$1000 for a new unit, and I would get the 15,000 btu with heat strips.

Also check into repairing your BayBreeze it can be done by a shop that does commercial refrigeration, or possibly a vintage friendly AS dealer.

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Old 04-19-2009, 06:01 PM   #3
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I got a 13,000 Demetic Penguin. I'm not sure if they make a 15,000 but I think so. The 13,000 is too small for a 31 footer. There is a drip pan kit for this unit and heat strips. I skipped the heat strips as I just use a small ceramic heater for the same purpose. One of the reasons I got the Penguin is in my opinion the low profile looked better on my Airstream
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Old 04-20-2009, 12:01 PM   #4
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Thank you all for the feedback. I do like the low profile of the Dometic.

What do you know of the air conn's with heat strips? Are they needed? We have a new furnace. Is it just one more thing to go wrong?

I think 15,000 BTU is the way for us to go....the person that told us 13,500 BTU builds Horse trailer living quarters and said a 15,000 BTU
would run all the time and freeze up on us, which doesn't make since to me...

One more thing..The pan? Does it come on the Dometic and Carrier brand? I couldn't really find that info.
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Old 04-20-2009, 01:26 PM   #5
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Kani,

You only needed to call me.

We have a Carrier low profile unit in ours, and it works great. We have been frozen out of our trailer a few times. We really don't use the heat strip since it is noisy, and a small ceramic heater works better.

I highly recomment a unit with pan that allows you to run a drain hose through the walls of the trailer. Jack and you will need to remove a side panel and run the hose down, and out through the wheel well.

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Old 04-20-2009, 02:29 PM   #6
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I don't know about Carrier but a pan is available for the Dometic Penguin. I did not have to take off a side panel just hooked up to the existing tubing for the old AC.

I have never used heat strips, but have been told they will take the early morning chill off but not heat the trailer.

I have had my 13,500 freeze on my 25' I wish I went 15,000
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Old 06-04-2009, 07:47 PM   #7
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Need advise on A/C units: Are there any out there that can run on a 2kw generator?

I've got a '77 Sovereign with an old Coleman A/C unit. I travel with a Honda eu 2,000i Companion generator. Is there any A/C units out there that can start up and run off a single Companion?

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My 1990 Excella has a Coleman 6798 that has a pan, The trailer also has a drain line. What do you have in yours?
Did they quit making units that drain thru the tubes in the walls?
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Old 06-04-2009, 08:05 PM   #9
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I've got a '77 Sovereign with an old Coleman A/C unit. I travel with a Honda eu 2,000i Companion generator. Is there any A/C units out there that can start up and run off a single Companion?

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Sure is, but it wouldn't even come close to cooling your 31 foot Airstream. It wouldn't cool a Caravel 17 footer.

A 2000 watt generator cannot properly run your AC.

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Sure is, but it wouldn't even come close to cooling your 31 foot Airstream.
We have dual AC and a 6.5 gen set, split the difference and you'll know what you need.
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Mike, Andy, and AirheadRus,

Thanks for the input. I figured that I'd probably need another eu2000i, but needed to run the idea by the forum to get the bottom line.

Next Question: Anyone have experience on the low profile Carrier unit, ie: operational reliability, etc. Looks like a good replacement for the old Coleman...

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Mike, Andy, and AirheadRus,

Thanks for the input. I figured that I'd probably need another eu2000i, but needed to run the idea by the forum to get the bottom line.

Next Question: Anyone have experience on the low profile Carrier unit, ie: operational reliability, etc. Looks like a good replacement for the old Coleman...

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Wise choice.

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Old 06-05-2009, 10:19 AM   #13
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Kani,

You only needed to call me.

We have a Carrier low profile unit in ours, and it works great. We have been frozen out of our trailer a few times. We really don't use the heat strip since it is noisy, and a small ceramic heater works better.

I highly recomment a unit with pan that allows you to run a drain hose through the walls of the trailer. Jack and you will need to remove a side panel and run the hose down, and out through the wheel well.

Steve
That is only necessary on the pre 1968? trailers, to the best of my knowledge anything manufactured since the late 60's comes pre-wired and pre-plumbed for the AC.

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I don't know about Carrier but a pan is available for the Dometic Penguin. I did not have to take off a side panel just hooked up to the existing tubing for the old AC.

I have never used heat strips, but have been told they will take the early morning chill off but not heat the trailer.

I have had my 13,500 freeze on my 25' I wish I went 15,000
I have heat strips on my popup and they do take the chill off on a cool morning, but on the AS I prefer to use a Catalytic LP heater, LP lantern or a small ceramic heater. The heat strips are okay but I wouldn't go out of my way to get them.

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