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Old 06-08-2024, 09:47 AM   #1
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A/C Help on '58 Traveler

As the title states I have a 1958 Airstream Traveler and considering installing an Air Conditioner. Typically we travel more in the winter but when I sell our motor coach that may change.
I read here that I will need to reinforce the roof in the area of the vent but cannot find that post, any help would be appreciated.
Also wondering if anyone has moved the vent because I do like Dry Camping.
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RE: A/C Help on '58 Traveler

Greetings Steve!

My suggestion would be to contact customer support at the factory and ask if there is a preferred spot to cut the opening for a roof mounted air conditioner on your 1958 Traveler. When the air conditioners became factory options on Airstreams, they were cut into the roof in a location other than an existing vent opening so there is a document available that lists the distance from the number one (front) bow to cut the opening for the air conditioner. The document that I am familiar with covers most of the 1960s, but there may also be standards for the 1950s models as well.

Out of Doors Mart offers an air conditioner install kit with the necessary hardware to reinforce the opening for an air conditioner. They list it as out of stock at the moment, but it would be worth contacting them to see when it may be available again.

Good luck with your project.

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Steve, glad to see that you havenít retired from the Airstream world.
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Back at ya! how are you guys doing?
You haven't missed much at Pismo (spring) attendance has gone down.
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I will look into that but I was told that the proper location would be where the vent is.
I saw a different post where it was reinforced with a wood framework and that is what I would like to find.
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Old 06-09-2024, 02:34 PM   #6
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Vintage AC locations

Reinforcing what Overlander64 said. There is (used to be) a chart of recommended AC install locations. It is possible Out of Doors Mart has it as well. Most times the vent was the spot but that is not an absolute.
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I hate to disagree with the person that told you that the proper place for the A/C is in a vent opening. When my grandfather first got an A/C in his (now my) 1960 Airstream (back in the early 1970's) he took it to the factory. They did NOT use one of the 3 available vents on his Overlander, but made a separate opening for it between the rear two vents! While it is an option to use a vent opening, it is one that in my family's experience is not the factory's preferred location. I too appreciate being able to open the vent instead of relying on the A/C all the time.
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The opening basically just needs to be in between two middle ribs and that does not interfere with any interior furnishings. With an 18 ft Traveler you don't have a lot of topside real estate available, so an existing vent may be your only option. I put my AC on in between two existing vents on my 21' Globetrotter and there was really only one choice for its location.
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Has anyone tried any of the 12 Volt DC ones designed for vans?
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Steve, take a look at the Nomadic S1 mini split for vans. Thereís a guy in Austin thatís going to order and install one in his 22 foot Airstream. I read the online manual and have some questions. Just a thought.
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PLEASE, Please, please do not put an AC on top that trailer.

I would suggest looking at this thread, my post #15 will show you a quick, easy way to have AC (when you need it)

https://www.airforums.com/forums/f42...nit-41052.html

If you have question please message me and I’ll walk you through the process.
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Steve, take a look at the Nomadic S1 mini split for vans. There’s a guy in Austin that’s going to order and install one in his 22 foot Airstream. I read the online manual and have some questions. Just a thought.

Don't have room on the outside for a split unit. With my spare tire & propane tanks there isn't any room left.
Have you looked at their 12 Volts DC units that fit the opening?

Thanks for the thought
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[QUOTE=rideair;2740286]PLEASE, Please, please do not put an AC on top that trailer.
I would suggest looking at this thread, my post #15 will show you a quick, easy way to have AC (when you need it)
https://www.airforums.com/forums/f42...nit-41052.html


Sorry but that is not what I am looking for. Rather have something more permanent since I live in Southern California. Thanks for the thought though.

But.. still not sure what I am going to do. As soon as I sell the motorhome then it will become more necessary.
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