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Old 05-31-2023, 05:52 PM   #1
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Hot hot hot

Good afternoon.

I come to you all as an 1965 Caravel owner since 2021.
Not really needing AC until now!
I was unable to get much information from owner I purchased it from in 2021.
Previous owner did all the work I am guessing.
A window unit was placed inside frame of where it appears a cabinet was removed. So it is in this cabinet frame about 2 to 4 inches from ground.
Underneath it is vented but I feel not very well as it can get hot all around the unit and at times blowing warmer air.
But let me tell you, as of now in New Mexico...workcamping and full timing. Its not what I would call exactly comfortable as I'd appreciate.
I am not unrealistic in this heat but I am hopeful that I can get improvement.
Where I am located I am unable to find a good vintage trailer or airstream contact.
If anyone can advise me of a good resource for vintage trailers/airstream near Truth or Consequences New Mexico, I'd be ever so grateful.
I'd like to either get one installed in roof or consider find a portable swamp cooler? For a 30 amp, is that possible?
I am a travel nurse and am going further South end of July but do not plan on living in it in those temps at that time!

Thank you kindly
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Old 05-31-2023, 07:01 PM   #2
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RE: Hot hot hot

While I can't be of direct help in locating a qualified installer to assist with installing a regular RV air conditioner, I would add a precaution. Unlike a typical trailer/RV of today, the air conditioner in a Vintage Airstream wasn't typically installed in an existing vent opening, rather it was installed in an opening cut a specific number of inches behind the number one roof bow. It was at this location that you would find the 120-Volt AC power cable as well as the condesate drain tube coiled up ready for the install. The existence of this pre-wire can usually be identified by the presence of a wire that isn't connected to the breaker box. The photo below contains the data for locating the opeining for an air conditioner in a 1965 Caravel.

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Old 05-31-2023, 10:47 PM   #3
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Thank you

Appreciate your reply.
My Caravel is 17inches.
So I see where it is 60" from the #1 rib.

Perhaps this is why a rooftop was not installed rather than the existing set up.

I have seen 65's for sale or online with a rooftop AC.

Have a good evening.
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