Originally Posted by Marlboro Mafia
I have been a good and responsible newbie ont he AS Board. I have read every thread and researched every nook and cranny of the site.
However, I cannot find a simple answer to a couple of my simple quesitons. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I own a '61 Safari. Which AC should I buy?
There isn't a "one best" answer to the selection of an air conditioner - - unless you want to install one with a drain pan. If you desire an air conditioner with a drain pan, your choices will be limited to those models of air conditioners (your selection will likely be limited to a very few air conditioner models) for which Airstream has drip pans available (any Airstream dealer should be able to provide information about the air conditioner models for which condesate drip pans are available).
If you don't mind having the condesate drain on the roof and then run down the sides of the coach, any RV air conditioner would be an option. I have a Coleman Mach series air conditioner on my '64 Overlander and a Coleman Mini Mach on my '78 Minuet - - neither has a condesate drip pan - - the one on the Airstream hasn't caused any noticeable streaking on the coach while there are rust stains on the side of the Minuet as a result of the condesate runoff on the Minuet. If I were to go back to the initial installation decision, I would have installed an air conditioner with a condesate drip pan on the Minuet; I am not as certain with the Overlander as I have been well satisfied with that air conditioner.
Something else to keep in mind is that your coach likely doesn't have a built-in drain tube for the condesate - - that didn't become part of the air conditioner preparation package for several years after your coach was built. My Overlander didn't have built-in drain tubes from the factory either and they were routed along the ceiling against the bulkhead that separated the bedroom from the kitchen - - the tubes were inconspicuous as they were securely mounted to the bulkhead and sidewall that separated the bedroom from the kitchen. If your coach doesn't have an existing air conditioner, it also means that you will be facing cutting a hole in the roof for the air condtioner a specified distance from the main bow (intersection of front dome and main roof panel) rearward (this measurement can usually be obtained from Airstream or a current Airstream dealer).
Good luck with your air conditioner selection!