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Old 06-01-2004, 10:16 PM   #1
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Airconditioner Replacement

it sure is a lot of pain to wrestle a coleman ac off a coach. and just much more to put one on .
sad part is new colemans dont fit the airstream drip pans .
i found the problen to be a difference of 2 inches in the side to side opening in the drip pans.
new colemans are set up for a 4 bolt 12x12 mounting pattern and the old units are a three bolt 10 x 6 pattern.
airstream is using and supplys a drip pan for the duo therm penquin unit. that unit is available in 11000 , 13500,and 15000.
was wandering if anyone has a unit with the 15000 penquin ac heat pumpand your thoughts on it.
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Old 06-02-2004, 07:25 AM   #2
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I have the 15k unit with the heat pump and comfort control system and love it. Works far better than the 11k unit from what I can tell. I have limited testing with it so far this season, but after the weekend after next, I should have far more detailed info on it-- but my initial observations so far are very positive.
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Old 06-08-2004, 04:15 PM   #3
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dutherm ac penquin

my ac arrived today and i flipped it over and tryed to mate the drip pan. it appears that the ac gasket has to be notched to fit the pan???? any body with a word of wisdom on this problem. need to get one on for the international .
also where the drip pan is there is a piece of aluminum angle and when the pan sits on the roof there will be an opening if not filled with vulkem.will require a lot of vulkem to fill that hole. seems strange they would have made the pan with a big void.
your comments are needed before i get my razor knife out.
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hese is some pictures of the pan.
first picture is looking from the outside and the second is from the inside of the pan.
this is the hole i mentioned
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the next two pictures are the pan moldings that i think requiring a notch in the ac gasket one side is about 2 inches and the other side will need to be about four inches?? the Coleman i took off had three notches for some reason??
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here is the inside and outside shots. might be some help when loking at the other pictures.
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the new ac install has been completed. 90 outside 72 inside. that is with both ac going.
didnt get any comments and i now know why. camping world will do my next install. to much work...
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will try to post pictures of completed install,
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Al &Sue,

I appreciate your hard work and excellent documentation. I'll be doing one this summer and have bookmarked this thread.

Perhaps you did such a good job explaining that no one had any questions.

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you missed the go to camping world. i wouldnt touch it for $35. that is what an install would have cost. i just figured no one had done an install. not often that you need new roof acs.
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you missed the go to camping world. i wouldnt touch it for $35. that is what an install would have cost. i just figured no one had done an install. not often that you need new roof acs.
I've heard that CW won't do new AC install on Airstreams, at least not for $35.
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I had a new to me but used Penguin DuoTherm put in by my RV shop. It took them several hours and he quoted me for an hour labor, which I held him to. Once home I haven't been able to fire it up becuase no matter where I plug in to power it trips the circuit breaker even when the AC is set to 'off.' I called the shop back up and they tell me my 100' cord is too long. The closest electric available is 25' away. This weekend's task is to get it going.

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i would check the wiring. dont think it is the ac . did you test run before the install?? i ran mine for two hours to get a warm fuzzy that i wasn't wasting my time and pain getting the unit on top.
they are not too heavy just bulky and awkward to lift.
the less cord the better. 25 ft shouldnt be a problem as the penguin only pulls 16 amps. im running 60 ft of cable on the unit i just installed. but it is heavy cord 10agw. i was going to go the used route but couldnt find any. the wife wouldnt allow it on the front air new or nothing. we fixed the old unit a few times and yes it went south on the hottets days. lol
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FF,

If its off and wired ok it should not trip the breakers.

I'd start by turning off all the breakers in the trailer and then plug the trailer into the house. If it does not trip then turn the breakers in the trailer one at a time until it does trip and that will tell you what circuit your trouble is on.

Also, I'm sure you know you should not run your A/C on a 15 amp circuit.
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