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Old 04-15-2019, 05:06 AM   #2297
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I just bought 2 more Penguins 15,000 MAXís for the Snap-On truck, I put them on the 370LE and I am very happy with the performance. The original Colemanís lasted me 30 years plus I like the idea of the heat pumps, a back up so in case the furnace craps out Iíll have heat providing itís not minus 20 outside. Regards, Bob
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Old 04-15-2019, 05:24 AM   #2298
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1984 Airstream 345 owner (Newbie) need advice!

Thanks Bob.
Both my AC units look to be original. The front one works ok, but the rear one now wonít start. Neither looks in great shape.
The Penguin units are sleek looking and they were on my wish list, but low priority. My choice would be a 15k with heat pump, but beggars canít be choosers for now!
But, i bought this Penguin 2 for less than half price. Itís new but a scratch n dent special , and itís local, so no shipping. Itís a 13.5k, non heat pump I think. Model number is 640315CXX1C0.
My plan is to put this one on the front, for now, and inspect the rear one. Swap the front one to the back if I canít fix the back one. Gotta pull both units off to put gaskets in anyhow! Later, I hope to get the 15k unit, and put that on the front, and swap the 13.5k to the rear.
Will grab this unit next week, but need to test it to confirm itís good before I sign off.
For that, I need the interior part... distribution box thingy.
Iím baffled by it tho.... there is ducted, and non ducted, manual and electronic controls.
Any suggestions?
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:08 AM   #2299
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OK, so at least you have the model number, thatís a start, the Dometic website sucks, so I suggest you call the good folks at PPL motor homes for clarification on which ADB ( interior part ceiling assembly) you need, some ADBís have controls on them and some donít using a wall mounted thermostat instead. The model number of your unit will dictate this. Regards, Bob
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Old 04-15-2019, 09:51 AM   #2300
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And I thought it was me, with the Domestic website!
Looking at it with fresh eyes today, I think the manual control unit might be best for now. Cheaper, simpler and donít have to run wires!
Assuming this works good, the $ I saved might be invested in a Soft start unit!
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Old 04-16-2019, 01:59 PM   #2301
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... plus I like the idea of the heat pumps, a back up so in case the furnace craps out Iíll have heat providing itís not minus 20 outside. Regards, Bob


Heat pump or heat strip?
In my experience the strips work down to about 40, they're just tiny space heaters
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Old 04-17-2019, 08:00 PM   #2302
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I think itís the Heat Pump units that are limited to what temp they work at.

So, I picked up the Penguin AC.
Looks ok. Shroud is cracked in a couple of places, and the lower frame is tweaked a little. I can fix both, but really donít need to as itís not visible from the ground. Iím ok with saving $600 if it works ok!
Just comparing the shroud sizes here. I think itís probably a few inches lower, and maybe an inch or so in length
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The ceiling assembly is $75 ish so will order that and test.

As I was out there picking up this AC, I stopped by and spent time at the Airstream.
Put the original roof shroud back on the front AC.
Much better.
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This is rear one for comparison!
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So, I thought I would test the front AC.
Fired up my noisy 3500w portable to see.
Ambient was 78f, blue sky day. Roof temp was reading 88f ish.
Front AC was working fine.
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Thought the rear was dead.... but it fired right up!
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Dang it!
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Was making some space in my garage for work, last week, so kicked a few items to storage, and in the reorganization of that, I found a box of TBI parts Iíve been looking for.
Iím not sure if Iím going TBI yet, but want to have it all to hand and ready if this carb or smog gear is not working out.
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TBI, intake manifold, air filter assembly, AIR tubes, egr etc. more to come.
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Stripped.
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I knew if was a 454 unit, but confirming visually itís the 2Ē bore.
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