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Old 08-02-2013, 01:37 PM   #1
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Where does the AC go?

I have a 1972 argosy 26 ft that has never had roof air.
I took it to my local rv dealer for a new ac, thinking it would be installed in the center vent.
They said there was no bracing or wiring there.
Does anyone know if airstream had another area for mounting it?
It's hard to believe no provision was made for roof air.
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Old 08-02-2013, 01:52 PM   #2
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I have a 69 tradewind. I called Airstream with the vin#, model. and they gave me the location.
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The stuff dangling from ceiling are power and condensate tubing.

They were secured to ceiling


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Check with Airstream as sated earlier. I would bet that the the wires and drain tube are installed. The bracing will need to be added.
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When you install your new AC, try to put the drip tube in the wall cavity. I used a graphite rod for running phone line from Home Depot. Run it down a rib if possible, it makes it easier to get passed through the insulation. The bottom wall panel must be removed enough to access the C channel, so you can drill a hole through it for the tubing to pass. Once through, run it out through the belly pan.
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:04 PM   #7
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I know what you're asking. I am doing the same thing myself. The Airstream factory will tell you a measurement from the front bow. You need to be sitting on top of your airstream, and hook your tape over the edge of the first sheet of aluminum that is perpendicular to you in front. Meaning, the end caps are several pieces, that stretch towards the hitch, but they go under a pice that wraps over the top. Measure from that lip back to the measurement they gave you. That's going to be the center of your 14" cut out. I used a sharpie to make a perfectly centered 14" square. Then, I ran the center of that down the side visually and put a sharpie mark on the window. I went inside the trailer to make sure that it wasn't in the way of anything inside. You've got a little wiggle room front to back on the roof, but you need to make sure you don't have any rivets within your 14" cutout, and actually 1.5" beyond your 14" cutout. If all that's clear, then you can use a drill bit and drill all the way through to the inside. I put a drill bit just inside my 14" square, and drilled through to the inside. Then I measured inside to make sure it was square and equadistant from everything inside before marking those.

Be careful on cutting that aluminum inside and out. you will have your AC wires all bundled up there between the skins and you don't want to cut those or your drain tube (mine was too old for a drain tube, so I have to route one)
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:06 PM   #8
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When you install your new AC, try to put the drip tube in the wall cavity. I used a graphite rod for running phone line from Home Depot. Run it down a rib if possible, it makes it easier to get passed through the insulation. The bottom wall panel must be removed enough to access the C channel, so you can drill a hole through it for the tubing to pass. Once through, run it out through the belly pan.
I really wanted to do this on mine to prevent any kinks, but I have a quilted side that requires removing a lot of material. The other option is to run it into your upper cabinets, horizontal, then down throug the inside of a closet. Not a straight shot, and not the best, but easier than "doing it right".
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I really wanted to do this on mine to prevent any kinks, but I have a quilted side that requires removing a lot of material. The other option is to run it into your upper cabinets, horizontal, then down throug the inside of a closet. Not a straight shot, and not the best, but easier than "doing it right".
I admit that my '55 has aluminum on the interior as well, and relatively easy to access, just removed enough rivets to pull skin and expose C channel.
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I have a 1972 argosy 26 ft that has never had roof air.
I took it to my local rv dealer for a new ac, thinking it would be installed in the center vent.
They said there was no bracing or wiring there.
Does anyone know if airstream had another area for mounting it?
It's hard to believe no provision was made for roof air.
Thanks,
loren
Never install an AC in a roof vent on an Airstream or Argosy trailer.

The wires and drain tube are aleady in the center of the roof.

The dimensions are inches back, from "station zero". Station zero starts at the front edge of the awning rail.

Measure back 113 inches from station zero.

The thermostat wires are also in the same place.

I do not have the location of those wires for the wall thermostat.

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Smile 1972 Argosy 26ft

Dear Andy,

Thanks for your help on my ac location. Before I received your reply, I
followed another members suggestion and called airstream. I didn't have my vin available, but gave the tech my year model, layout, and length and he told me to measure 93 inches back from the first seam on the front top and this would be the center of the 14 inch cutout.
This differs from your advise and I feel you have had much more experience with it. What do you think?
Also, is there bracing for the ac built in or will I have to do it myself?
Sure wish I could bring it to you, but Arkansas is a little too far.
Again, thanks for your support and advice and I'll look forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely,
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Did you find the necessary bracing or did you have to add it?
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:54 AM   #13
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We have a 1998 Safari Airstream with a ceiling mounted air conditioner. Does anyone know where the drain tubes drain to? We've been trying to eliminate mildew smell from visible mould stains and have been successful but the smell still lingers. Just wondering about the possibility of the drain tubes running somewhere they shouldn't. Thanks
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On a reasonably humid day, if the drain tube is operational (and you have the AC running), you should see water dripping out from near one of the tires.

On my '74, it comes out on the street side, IIRC.
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