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Old 06-23-2010, 08:24 PM   #1
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What to do with A/C wires??

Don't know if this is the right place for this question, but, I removed the AC from my 67 tradewind and will not replace. Unfortunately I now have two big wires hanging down from the ceiling where the AC used to live. One is the power supply and the other goes to the thermostat. I do not wish to remove them in case I or another owner wants to replace the AC.

Question-has anyone come up with a clever idea on how to hide the wires?? Considering an AC light fixture hooked to the power and covering the thermostat. Unfortunately the wires are not in the center of the trailer but off to the side 7-8"

Thoughts please.

Thanks, John in Wyoming
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Old 06-23-2010, 08:44 PM   #2
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Anyone else see a chandelier?

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Old 06-23-2010, 09:12 PM   #3
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I like a ceiling fan that looks like a P-40 Warhawk (with the shark's mouth and mean eye painted on it) diving out of the ceiling!

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My wife won't let me have one of those in the house either

Isn't the a/c hole pretty big? Like 16" square? Could you make an aluminum plate to cover the giant hole and put you a light fixture or something in the middle projecting into the coach. Then, just let the wires reside in the cavity. You might even want to put some insulation in that cavity.

Best of luck with your project,
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Old 06-23-2010, 09:43 PM   #4
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Does the AC unit still work? If so, is it for sale?

Light fixture sounds like the best idea to me...
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What about a ventilation fan, like a Fantastic Vent of Maxx Fan? They will fit the existing 14 X 14 opening perfectly and give you some nice, cooling breezes to boot!
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The Armstrong AC of that era would have had the two small holes rather than the 14x14 opening.
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"Thermopolis , Wyoming ", huh?
If ya announce that you have 'courtesy parking', there may be a qualified 'streamer or two that would offer to stop over for a night or two and see how to help ya out...

Really, wire nut them up, shove them into the cavity and follow Lewsters advice...if the opening isn't 14 X 14, grab some tin snips...
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hiding wires

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I now have two big wires hanging down from the ceiling where the AC used to live. One is the power supply and the other goes to the thermostat. I do not wish to remove them in case I or another owner wants to replace the AC.

Question-has anyone come up with a clever idea on how to hide the wires??
Thanks, John in Wyoming

John,
I would cut the opening to a 14" by 14" hole so that a vent will go in there. A high prices one of low price, no matter. Tape up all your wires and tuck them inside the outer and inter skin. You will have to put wood between the outer skin and the inter skin. See picture below.


This picture shows where an AC was replaced.

You will have to put a few screws into the skin up into the wood to hold the wood into place.

Seal when finished.

This way you will have a vent to let air in.

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Old 06-24-2010, 10:20 PM   #9
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Courtesy parking and A/C details

Vernon and others, I did sign up for courtesy parking you are welcome. Pretty exposed, no shade-but very private!!

The ac in my trailer was installed with only two rather small holes piercing the roof. One hole was for the fan shaft and the other carried the freon to the coil., so the compressor was on the roof and the coil was in the trailer-pretty nifty.
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..a clever idea on how to hide the wires?? Considering an AC light fixture hooked to the power and covering the thermostat. Unfortunately the wires are not in the center of the trailer but off to the side 7-8"

Thoughts please.

Thanks, John in Wyoming
Cool for posting the 'parking...
If you don't need a vent...your Idea of using a lamp fixture to cover the interior hole is a good one...a '70's 'stream had some really big, cheap roof lamps. They will cover the interior "ugly" and run off of 12 Volts...
The outer hole...A sheet of aluminum and some 'stream sealer, some rivits and that part will be a non issue...
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