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Old 03-06-2014, 12:07 PM   #1
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Want to install AC-Where do I begin?

I bought a 1969 Tradewind last year (first RV) and after a few summer days in Wisconsin realized we need AC. Looking on top of the hull, it appears there may have been one at one time as there looked to be some patched holes in the top center of the roof. So, here is the question: Where do I begin? I have no idea what to look for the type of unit I need or where the best places are to find it. How difficult of a process will this be for me to install? I am assuming (always the mother) that there is wiring running through the roof in that area. Please help! I am just getting more confused trying to research this online. Thank you!
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Old 03-06-2014, 12:19 PM   #2
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I bought a 1969 Tradewind last year (first RV) and after a few summer days in Wisconsin realized we need AC. Looking on top of the hull, it appears there may have been one at one time as there looked to be some patched holes in the top center of the roof. So, here is the question: Where do I begin? I have no idea what to look for the type of unit I need or where the best places are to find it. How difficult of a process will this be for me to install? I am assuming (always the mother) that there is wiring running through the roof in that area. Please help! I am just getting more confused trying to research this online. Thank you!
The original AC wiring was built into the shell.

Station "ZERO" is the front edge of the awning rail as well as the roof sheet.

Measure rearward 101 inches from station "zero".

That's where the original AC wiring was located as well as the AC.

If there is patches there, remove them.

The original 1969 AC has 2 holes in the roof.

Ball park, one was about 1 inch or so round and the other was about 2 x 4 inches oval.

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Yep, that fits the bill. Great. So where do I go from here? Do I need to have a special type of AC unit that fits these holes? From research it sounds like I should be looking for something in the 11-14 kBTU range. I would like something with a low profile, relatively quiet, and not extremely expensive. Where are the best places to find them?
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Yep, that fits the bill. Great. So where do I go from here? Do I need to have a special type of AC unit that fits these holes? From research it sounds like I should be looking for something in the 11-14 kBTU range. I would like something with a low profile, relatively quiet, and not extremely expensive. Where are the best places to find them?
The last year that had those holes was for the 1969 model.

From 1970 on, a 14" x 14" hole must be cut into the roof.

How about posting a couple of photo's of the roof in the are that I specified.

I will then try to better help you.

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