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Old 06-24-2007, 10:26 PM   #1
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Replacing AC on my 1959 Fly Cloud

Ok here goes. I am so very lost. I have two Aistreams, a 1959 Fly Cloud, and a 1972 Tradewind. Both will be needing new air conditions. The 59 is first, not even the fan works on it. I checked out Camping World last week when they had their sale on AC units with a free install. I was considering the High Efficeincy Brisk Air model because it only uses 10 AMP. I was told by the manager that I would need a drip pan from another source. The old unit is a coleman. Ok, from reading and searches I am more lost now than when I started. First it seems like the drip pan is not offered but for a few different types of AC units and thats not clear about model year. I am more than sure that in 1959 Airstream had no plans for AC to be used. Along the line someone added the ac mounted right now, but not sure about any drip lines or pans. I dont see any water lines running down it, but its not polished yet. I would like to use a unit needing less AMPs because I cant say the old wiring makes sense to me, this unit is still wired outside to plug in a 15 AMP source. I am looking for a possible second plug just for the AC. I am also considering a carrier unit because I read no drip pan was needed. For the small size of this Airstream I think the 13,500 rating is fine, but even reading up on those has me scratching my head and trying to figure out a working plan. I am on a very fixed budget, so without cutting corners I want to figure this out. On here I read the Carrier units could be modified to conect in with the drain lines, which I am sure my Tradewind has, but not sure on the older Flying Cloud. I live in Florida where it hot and it rains a lot and the ac is needed. Any help on ideas will be great. I was thinking about going to the Rally in Perry, but not sure I can make that happen, so I wont be getting any good ideas that way. I even consider having the ac swapped there, but wasn't sure what to expect on vendors or even cost.
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Old 06-24-2007, 10:39 PM   #2
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I am about to replace an A/C unit on a '58 Overlander tomorrow. The owner decided on a Carrier Air V low profile unit. They are a good unit and don't require a drip pan. They DO need to have the 14 X 14 opening re-inforced with 'U' channel, however. This is done to provide a solid base for the A/C gasket to seal against, as the roof aluminum alone is not sufficient in strength and will distort.

The PO added an extra circuit for the existing much older Dometic unit that is present now. Adding a drain hose is easy with the Carrier. Simplyblock off the existing drain holes at the exterior of the evaporator pan and drill out the center drain provided. Connect your drain tube there and run it thru colset to the belly pan of thru the wheel well. This is the plan for tomorrow's install.

I'll take a few shots if there is time.
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Old 06-24-2007, 10:40 PM   #3
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I don't know if I can be of any help, but I would like to share some information. We have a 1976 Tradewind with a Coleman air conditioner. After having tried to get it repaired, we are having it replaced. Camping World offered free installation and also 6 months same as cash. We were told it needed a special drip pan because of the Airstream shape. Camping World is getting the drip pan but it didn't come in as expected for installation this past Saturday and our new install date is July 5th. Colorado can be very warm this time of the year during the day. At night we usually need to use the heater. Good luck to you.

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I don't know if I can be of any help, but I would like to share some information. We have a 1976 Tradewind with a Coleman air conditioner. After having tried to get it repaired, we are having it replaced. Camping World offered free installation and also 6 months same as cash. We were told it needed a special drip pan because of the Airstream shape. Camping World is getting the drip pan but it didn't come in as expected for installation this past Saturday and our new install date is July 5th. Colorado can be very warm this time of the year during the day. At night we usually need to use the heater. Good luck to you.

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Edie,

I would do a search of these Forums about member's Camping World experiences with having installations performed on their Airstreams. The general consensus is NOT GOOD!! You should turn up a few threads on the topic.

Camping World uses mostly untrained and uncertified techs at the bottom of the pay scale who have little or no experience about the intricasies of Airstreams. Most CW's won't even touch them.

Please spend a little time and get some of the member's past experiences with CW before trusting your trailer to them. Quality is NOT just about price!!!!
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