Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-01-2013, 09:58 AM   #1
1 Rivet Member
 
1975 31' Sovereign
Texarkana , Texas
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 15
Greetings

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
Dennis
__________________

__________________
dennis82468 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2013, 10:47 AM   #2
Moderator
 
DKB_SATX's Avatar

 
2017 26' Flying Cloud
1976 Argosy 28
Alamo Heights , Texas
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 6,401
Images: 1
Blog Entries: 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by dennis82468 View Post
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
Dennis
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.
__________________

__________________
— David

Zero Gravitas — 2017 Flying Cloud 26U | Il Progetto — 1976 Argosy 28 Center Bath | WBCCI# 15566

He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. — Sir Winston Churchill
DKB_SATX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2013, 10:56 AM   #3
Site Team
 
Aage's Avatar
 
1974 31' Sovereign
Ottawa , ON
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 11,204
Images: 25
Howdy and to Airforums.com, Dennis! You have found the right place to get the right answers to all your questions.

If you want to go about repairing and updating your trailer while being careful with costs, one way many people do this is to download, print, and completely fill in the "Trailer Inspection Checklist", prioritize the things to do, and go about it one at a time.

You can find the list here:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f138...ist-43294.html

And please, post any and all photos of the trailer you have. We love photos, and it makes it easier to help you in answering your questions.

Good luck!
__________________
“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
...John Wayne...........................
Aage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2013, 11:01 AM   #4
Site Team
 
Aage's Avatar
 
1974 31' Sovereign
Ottawa , ON
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 11,204
Images: 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by dennis82468 View Post
What are some websites to buy parts for A/C and so-on? I would to update the RV without breaking the bank
By the waym since you are interestedin in repairing your AC unit, and again assuming it is the original one, have a look at this sticky.

It's a thread about a member that tore down, repaired, and even improved his Armstrong unit. He not only increased its output, but added the heat pump function to it!

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f427...dor-76432.html
__________________
“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
...John Wayne...........................
Aage is offline   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



Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:39 PM.


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.