Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-16-2010, 02:10 PM   #1
1 Rivet Member
 
denver , Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 5
cost of adding AC and Pex plumbing

hello
i am considering the purchase of a 67 GT. mostly reconditioned and in very good shape overall. I would like to see if anyone can shed some light on approximate cost to install an AC unit and redo the plumbing with PEX. thanks.
__________________

__________________
fiji69 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2010, 02:12 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
wkerfoot's Avatar
 
1979 23' Safari
1954 29' Liner
Orange , California
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 3,667
Quote:
Originally Posted by fiji69 View Post
hello
i am considering the purchase of a 67 GT. mostly reconditioned and in very good shape overall. I would like to see if anyone can shed some light on approximate cost to install an AC unit and redo the plumbing with PEX. thanks.
The cost depends on whether or not you plan on doing the work yourself or having it done by someone else. What are your plans?

Bill
__________________

__________________
Bill Kerfoot, WBCCI/VAC/CAC/El Camino Real Unit #5223
Just my personal opinion
1973 Dodge W200 PowerWagon, 1977 Lincoln Continental, 2014 Dodge Durango
1979 23' Safari, and 1954 29' Double Door Liner Orange, CA

http://billbethsblog.blogspot.com/
wkerfoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2010, 02:20 PM   #3
1 Rivet Member
 
denver , Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 5
reply

definitely having it done by someone with experience. there are a couple of local AS dealers in Colorado that the work could be done by. thanks for the clarifying question.
__________________
fiji69 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2010, 04:02 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
mello mike's Avatar
 
1958 26' Overlander
Mesa , Arizona
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 1,742
Images: 53
I'd say about $800 for the Air Conditioner, and for a GT, about $400 for the pex plumbing.
__________________
1958 Overlander
2011 Wolf Creek 850N TC
2011 Ford F-250 Crewcab (6.2L), 3.73RE

WBCCI #5661/AIR #5661/TAC # AZ-6
4CU 1st VP

My '58 Overlander Restoration and Travel Blog:
http://mellomikesairstreams.blogspot.com/
mello mike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2010, 04:52 PM   #5
1 Rivet Member
 
denver , Colorado
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 5
reply

the dealership in CO that i called quoted me $1800 for the AC and $3000 for the plumbing?
__________________
fiji69 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2010, 05:37 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
mello mike's Avatar
 
1958 26' Overlander
Mesa , Arizona
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 1,742
Images: 53
Quote:
Originally Posted by fiji69 View Post
the dealership in CO that i called quoted me $1800 for the AC and $3000 for the plumbing?
YIKES!!!! That's outrageous. You need to call around.

You did tell them the PEX was for a tiny GlobeTrotter, correct? A new A/C costs about $600 and should only take an hour or two to install. Maybe they charge you for several coffee breaks??

BTW, PEX is so easy, anyone can learn how to do it. As for the A/C, best to have the pros do it who have the lift to mount the A/C on the roof.
__________________
1958 Overlander
2011 Wolf Creek 850N TC
2011 Ford F-250 Crewcab (6.2L), 3.73RE

WBCCI #5661/AIR #5661/TAC # AZ-6
4CU 1st VP

My '58 Overlander Restoration and Travel Blog:
http://mellomikesairstreams.blogspot.com/
mello mike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2010, 07:50 PM   #7
Rivet Master
 
easyride's Avatar
 
1977 27' Overlander
1973 27' Overlander
1963 19' Globetrotter
Naples , Florida
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 1,259
Images: 1
Depends if it has an ac on it now or not,if not they must cut the hole & reinforce,run 20 amp circuit.
so the ac price is a lot closer than the pex, now $3,000 for the pex I think I could drive there and still make money @$3,000.That is a total rip off. Dave R&R Plumbing
__________________
easyride is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2010, 08:37 PM   #8
Rivet Master
 
mello mike's Avatar
 
1958 26' Overlander
Mesa , Arizona
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 1,742
Images: 53
Quote:
Originally Posted by easyride View Post
Depends if it has an ac on it now or not,if not they must cut the hole & reinforce,run 20 amp circuit.
That's true. I assumed there was already an old A/C mounted.
__________________
1958 Overlander
2011 Wolf Creek 850N TC
2011 Ford F-250 Crewcab (6.2L), 3.73RE

WBCCI #5661/AIR #5661/TAC # AZ-6
4CU 1st VP

My '58 Overlander Restoration and Travel Blog:
http://mellomikesairstreams.blogspot.com/
mello mike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2010, 09:25 PM   #9
3 Rivet Member
 
1977 31' Excella 500
plano , Texas
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 128
Even if there was an old AC unit, it would have been one of the 2 copper lines feeding through not the standard 14x14 hole. This would require a significant amount of time to adapt. Now for the PEX, when I redid a 67 sovereign, the parts alone were over $100 (you don't know how many adapters/elbows/etc you need until you realize how much they cost each... sorta like door knobs in your house). Also you end up removing most of the trailer contents to do it right.

With that being said, I would expect the AC to be closer to 1500 and the plumbing closer to 1000.

-t
__________________
tschat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2010, 09:47 PM   #10
Rivet Master
 
utee94's Avatar
 
1963 26' Overlander
Austin , Texas
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 2,636
These are two common DIY projects on vintage Airstreams. Are you handy at all?

I replaced my A/C for the cost of my A/C, around $750 shipped for a 15,000 BTU Carrier AirV low-profile and that includes the heat strips.

I replaced all of my plumbing with PEX for around $150 including tubing and all fittings.

These are not terribly difficult projects for even a beginner DIYer.

Good luck!

-Marcus
utee94 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2017, 06:15 PM   #11
1 Rivet Member
 
Fort Lauderdale , Florida
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 18
My 1970 23' Safari does not have an A/C system. How much would it cost to get a rooftop A/C system installed, and how would one hide wire and drain pipe? I am in Florida. Does anyone have any recommendations on companies or contractors that can do the job?
__________________
writemate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2017, 07:55 PM   #12
Rivet Master

 
1986 31' Sovereign
Miami , Florida
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 1,650
Blog Entries: 13
JD Sanders in Alachua is a family-owned, honest outfit with lots of Airstream experience. You might want to give them a call.
__________________
Old (usually dirty) Nissan Titan
Old (enhanced with "male pattern baldness") Sovereign
Young, lovely bride
Goofy dog, dismissive cat
n2916s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2017, 08:13 PM   #13
4 Rivet Member
 
1991 25' Excella
Santa Ynez , California
Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 440
Being a plumbing contractor in one of the highest priced markets in the country(montecito) and being able to charge a premium for my service I find the $3k pex repipe way out of line, if there is not a lot of cabnetry and such to disassemble to gain access to the piping then $1k leaves room for a decent profit. I hate to see gouging and this is a prime case. Unless they have to disassemble the trailer to get the pipe runs in.
I vote do it yourself, google, youtube and home depot are your freinds.
Basically 4 fixtures to plumb to with a w/h and your city and tank piping.
__________________
AlinCal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2017, 08:20 PM   #14
Rivet Master
 
Steve Bryant's Avatar

 
1991 34' Limited
Wichita , Kansas
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 736
Images: 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by fiji69 View Post
definitely having it done by someone with experience. there are a couple of local AS dealers in Colorado that the work could be done by. thanks for the clarifying question.
If you're buying a '67 trailer and even if it appears to be in good shape, I think that the reality will be that it will need a significant amount of ongoing maintenance. I've owned three used travel trailers (2 have been Airstreams) and all appeared to be in good condition when I bought them. However, all of them have required more repair and maintenance that I could have imagined in the beginning. This is likely to be the same experience that you may have, too. So you might want to re-evaluate how willing you might be to tackle some of the restoration that will inevitably be required.

Back to your original question...I think that the price quote that you received is likely reasonable for the AC. However, the PEX plumbing is probably about twice too much, unless fixtures, etc. need to be replaced. I reworked my plumbing with PEX, and it was a lot more work than I thought it would be.

All my best,

Steve
__________________

__________________
Steve
Steve Bryant is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cost of new AS cdlusmc Trailer Values 22 04-21-2010 07:43 AM
What's a '71 cost new? Lumatic 1970-79 Tradewind 11 08-02-2008 11:56 AM
What Will It Cost You? GT1963 WBCCI Forum 1 01-27-2006 05:20 PM
What did it cost new? Stefrobrts Trailer Values 6 06-14-2004 02:34 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:31 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.