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Old 09-09-2007, 04:23 PM   #1
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My wife and I are the proud owners of a 1970 Overlander. Much as we love Texas, it is just a bit to hot using the original AC Unit. So we decided to get a new 15,000 BTU AC installed. Problem is we are having trouble finding someone to do it for us. We have been to most of the major RV shops in the area and none will touch a 1970 RV. I did find a contractor who initially gave us a reasonable quote, but then never got back to us when we tried to schedule getting the AC unit installed. We are looking forward to getting up to Lake Livingston in the near future and wanted to get this job knocked out. Anyone have a recommendation on a place we can get good service in the Houston area? Thanks in advance...
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Old 09-09-2007, 05:29 PM   #2
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I used a place called RV Masters on Bingle and Longpoint near I-10 for my rear lights that were corroded. They had a mechanic that did a rig job to just get them working first but when the owner was made aware, I brought it back and they let the guy go and did a FIRST rate job.

I would use them again for sure just be sure and talk to the owners (husband and wife very honest and nice). Just had a bad apple in the bunch.
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Old 09-09-2007, 05:32 PM   #3
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I replace my AC unit my self. Very easy once you get it up on top. Definately something a person can do with some muscle power.
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Old 09-09-2007, 05:33 PM   #4
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Great! I will give them a call. Thanks for the help.
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Old 09-09-2007, 06:02 PM   #5
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It would be worth your drive too Weatherford and Roger William's Airstream.
Call David at 800-378-5883 and save money and headaches.

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Old 09-09-2007, 07:10 PM   #6
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It would be worth your drive too Weatherford and Roger William's Airstream.
Call David at 800-378-5883 and save money and headaches.

Don
Couldn't agree more. But the job, twins that were born last month (and are going through colic), and the two pups make driving that far like planning a mission to the moon. Some place local will be a better fit for me. Appreciate the tip.
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Old 09-09-2007, 07:35 PM   #7
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Hi, We are new to this forum, and we know how it can be to have questions regarding older Rv's, we also had rejections from major Rv shop, such as Demontrond. We did find one shop that was very helpful and they were willing to work with us regardless of age on the Airstream. Their name is Bob Jones Rv Repair 713-910-2949 in south Houston. Ask for Carlton, and he will be nice and helpful.
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Old 09-09-2008, 12:24 PM   #8
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I have been in Houston for a long time and I agree the Bob Jones RV is the only place I,ve found that will treat you and your old RV with respect.
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Old 09-09-2008, 01:38 PM   #9
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Wow, lots of new Texas members on this thread, welcome to the Forums!

As Flintstones said, replacing the AC on your RV is something you could actully do yourself. I just finished this task a couple of weeks ago on my 1963 Overlander.

But if you do not want to do that, then it looks like you're getting some good suggestions from other Houston folk.

Good luck!

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Old 09-09-2008, 02:50 PM   #10
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Let me add a third vote for Bob Jones RV. I took my '67 Globetrotter to them recently and could not have been happier with their work and the interest shown in my old Airstream. Among other things, they looked at a range and water heater that I was told had to be replaced. The people at Bob Jones said no to both and showed me precisely how the other shop was wrong and that both items were in good working order with just a bit of work.
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Old 06-15-2009, 07:21 AM   #11
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Wow, lots of new Texas members on this thread, welcome to the Forums!

As Flintstones said, replacing the AC on your RV is something you could actully do yourself. I just finished this task a couple of weeks ago on my 1963 Overlander.

But if you do not want to do that, then it looks like you're getting some good suggestions from other Houston folk.

Good luck!

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Another new Texas member here!

We're just starting on this Airstream journey, but I'm curious about the AC replacement. My husband has built/restored cars and is very handy. Where would you recommend finding an AC unit and did you by chance have a thread that shows how you replaced it?
Thanks.
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Old 06-15-2009, 08:13 AM   #12
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We bought our AC unit from PPL Motor homes, 10777 Southwest Freeway (Hwy 59 South) Houston, 77074. 713-988-5555.
As for installation, it was pretty easy. The hardest part is getting the new unit up on top. I used an aluminum extension ladder that I raised up an laid up against our AS making sure it laid on a part of the frame then with a thick towel around a piece of wood to support ladder against AS. I extended the ladder so the angle was not steep and just slide the whole unit up while climbing up behind it. Once on top be sure and lay cloths around the opening so not to scratch the skins. Un-box unit and put into place. You can use the same process to remove old unit and slide it down the ladder the same way. Wiring was pretty straight forward to and I'm no electrician. I believe it was just three wires if I remember correctly, hot, neutral and ground.
Its a job that can definitely be done at home and not have to take to a shop.

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Old 06-15-2009, 08:40 AM   #13
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Wow, lots of new Texas members on this thread, welcome to the Forums! -Marcus

When I checked about 8-9 mos. ago, there were close to 250 folks from the Austin, TX area alone on the forums...! As of today, there are 319!!

As for Texas, there are 2409!!!
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Old 06-15-2009, 10:17 AM   #14
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Good place to purchase a A/C is Family RV. They are on Ebay and have all versions & options with good prices.
FACTORY NEW LOW PROFILE CARRIER 15K RV,AIR CONDITIONER:eBay Motors (item 160257540728 end time Jun-28-09 11:36:36 PDT)

Be sure to pay for the $10.00 shipping insurance.....UPS did a good job damaging my 1st one
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Old 06-15-2009, 12:06 PM   #15
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Take a day off make the short drive to San Antonio to TEXAS RV PARTS. They replaced my 13.5 A/C with a 15000 low profile in one day (with an appointment).

It sits in the sun and you know how hot it's been the last several days, we were cleaning and stocking to prepare for a trip and the inside temp was 74.

Great people to work with and resonably priced.......I assume
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Old 06-15-2009, 12:45 PM   #16
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many thanks for the A/C info...i'm glad to see there's lots of options...i'll be starting this week on cleaning out what's been dismantled and will have to wing it with many large fans in this 100+ deg heat....
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I saw an ad for an airstream the owners added another ac of the same size. Something to consider maybe. 2 ac's.
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Old 01-26-2010, 07:37 AM   #18
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I saw an ad for an airstream the owners added another ac of the same size. Something to consider maybe. 2 ac's.
Have seen several widebody 34's with twin A/C units, all with Texas license tags.


Thanks, above, for recommendation of Bob Jones RV

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1408 Missouri Ave. South Houston, TX 77587

Appears to be just a few miles north of the Sam Houston Tollway, east of I-45; directly east of Hobby Airport.
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Old 08-13-2010, 04:59 PM   #19
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I am a newbie Airstream owner (82 Excella), and will be taking my new baby back to Texas soon. I am looking for a reliable and trustworthy repair shop, either near Austin or near Houston. I need work on three windows, one has to be replaced for sure. Can someone please make a recommendation? Thank you, Kati
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Just my limited experience so for what it is worth. It is a long way for you but there is Griffith RV Service in Okie City. Does good work and has a good parts supply. My argosy is with him now. He stays pretty booked up. I took my trailer there and just left it with him "in line" so to speak.
There is North Dallas RV just north of Dallas on 35. They specialize in airstreams.
I want to say there is a business on the south of austin that specializes in airstreams. Also one in Katy. I think the one in Katy is a dealership on I 10. Good luck
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