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Old 08-20-2016, 07:57 PM   #1
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2016 Classic Air Conditioner Problems

We bought our Airstream the end of December. We are now on our third microwave and as of today our rear air conditioner has gone out again so this will be our second air conditioner. Would you assume this sounds like possible wiring problems? The breaker was changed on the microwave but not the air conditioner. We have noticed that no condensation is coming out of the rear air conditioner hose, which we have checked the hose for blockage. We're stumped!! Tomorrow morning the RV park will be checking to make sure the electrical box outside is actually pulling 50amps to rule that problem out but we are 90% sure that isn't the problem. Has anyone had these type of issues before and if so what did you do?
Thanks in advance for any help possible. We're new to RV life and we really don't feel we should be working out these kinds of bugs within the time we have had our new, straight from the factory, Airstream.
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Old 08-20-2016, 10:05 PM   #2
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I certainly am no expert on this matter but, my thoughts are that low voltage and/or power surges may be at fault. Are you using a good surge protector? The more sophisticated models guard against low voltages as well as surges.

Sorry to hear of your troubles. Hopefully you will get to the bottom of this soon.


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Old 08-21-2016, 08:21 AM   #3
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Thanks Ron,
We will look into this tomorrow with the RV Mechanic.
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Old 08-21-2016, 09:14 AM   #4
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I'm with Ronald on this. My first action would be to acquire a quality surge protector with both low (the more likely culprit in the failures you've experienced) and high voltage protection. A decent protector should also look got open neutral, hot/neutral reversal, open ground and other all too common wiring issues found in campgrounds.

Be sure to use it even if you are on generators of your own, not campground power. I am much more likely to see low voltage from my own generators than from shore power.
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Old 08-21-2016, 12:12 PM   #5
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No problems with our 2016 Classic

We are full-timers living in our Classic and have not had any electrical issues despite traveling and staying in a variety of RV parks, some with poor, uneven power delivery. We bought the best surge protector we could find prior to taking delivery of our AS. Maybe that has helped us avoid any issues so far. Good luck and we hope you enjoy your Classic!
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Old 08-21-2016, 02:06 PM   #6
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Monitoring the incoming voltage for a voltage drop will determine if the source of power has enough current. Check the voltage with no or minimal load, and compare that to the voltage when there is full load (i.e.: both AC units are running concurrently). You should not see a significant voltage drop. If you do, then your problem is likely the >source< of the power.

You can also compare the voltage coming into the trailer under load and compare that to the voltage going in to the A/C unit itself. Again, there should not be a significant difference. If you see a significant drop there, then the problem is somewhere within the confines of your new trailer.

"Surges" are a bit of a misnomer here. The key is monitoring for voltage drops due to poor connections or the wire being too small for the load. Wire getting slightly warm is not abnormal.

Having multiple digital multimeters, or one that will record a MIN / MAX, will assist in the troubleshooting. This same procedure can be used for checking and comparing the voltage to the microwave as well; look for a difference between the voltage coming in to the trailer versus the voltage at the receptacle that the microwave is plugged in to.

I have a new 2016 Classic. We have about 7 weeks living time on her and have had no electrical issues whatsoever. You may have a single loose connection causing a voltage drop that is responsible for all of the issues you have been experiencing. The procedure I have outlined will help narrow down the location of the fault.

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Old 08-21-2016, 05:48 PM   #7
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since you are still under warranty what is the dealer saying the issue is.. Might need to make at trip to JC to get it right. Something is going on it seems.

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