Originally Posted by dennis82468
I am thinking about buying a 1972 Airsteam that needs some interior work. I would like to get it to the point to be able to use it even though it may not be entirely updated. What are some websites to buy parts for A/C and so-on? I would to update the RV without breaking the bank
Thank you in advance
If the Airstream you find has the original Armstrong air conditioner, it's worth at least looking into fixing/maintaining it. You may have to find someone who does commercial refrigeration work, or perhaps works on truck refrigeration units to do the work. Most any RV shop is going to immediately tell you to buy a new one.
If it's some aftermarket unit installed on the trailer instead of the Armstrong, the likely advice I mentioned from an RV shop is probably right... the other brands aren't designed to be repaired, and some of the new models are more efficient. If you do go for a newer unit, make sure it's one with a condensate system that's compatible with the Airstream drain tube, there are several options that work without dripping condensate on the shell of the trailer.
There are lots of us who travel in vintage trailers that are largely original, or even "aluminum tents" with in-progress renovations. If you find a good trailer to start with, you don't necessarily have to spend $20k just to comfortably go camping.