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Old 09-12-2009, 08:30 AM   #1
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A/C Dripping Water Inside Camper

My 2005 16' Bambi with a Dometic A/C started dripping condensation on the floor during a recent camping trip. I leveled the camper a little better and it helped, then I lowered the tongue a little and leaned it slightly to the left side helping more but it still seemed to collect water for a while and then drip for a while. The Bambi has had very little use and the coils are clean. We live in Central Texas, the humidity is very high and the A/C produces a lot of water. The drain is working and producing a lot of water also. It drips during a heavy rain but very little. The good news is that at 106 degrees the AS stayed very cool. I suspect maybe a problem with the gasket or seal between the pan and A/C unit or simply some kind of an obstruction at the drain line preventing the pan from draining all of the way. I plan to dig into it but thought someone might have some experience with this problem and save me from some of the learning curve. I could put it in the AS shop but what fun would that be?
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scroll to the end of this page and look in the box "similar threads". you might find this info you're looking for. if you don't find anything, please post the air conditioner model if possible.
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Old 09-12-2009, 09:34 AM   #3
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It's amazing how many similar threads you find after you post one! Rookies... Thanks for the response. It is a 13,500 BTU Penguin.
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It's amazing how many similar threads you find after you post one! Rookies... Thanks for the response. It is a 13,500 BTU Penguin.
yes, always use the google search on the drop down menu. the airforum search does not pull up as much.

i don't have specifics for you but someone else will :-)
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Old 09-12-2009, 01:53 PM   #5
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I have the same issues. My AC is new (8 months ago) replaced the gasket 2 twice. Leveled and releveled and tried other positions - still leaks in the conditions as yours.

When I leave the trailer for a period of time I place two big thick towels when the run off drips. Getting ready to replace a few floor tiles where water got under them.

This is one of my two leaks that I still have - it also has to go away. I'm going to research the past posts as suggested above.
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Old 09-12-2009, 02:31 PM   #6
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I have a 76 sovereign,replaced the a/c 6 months ago it took 3 months to figure out why it was leaking with all new hardware.The drip pan had a small hair line crack ..
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Old 09-12-2009, 02:47 PM   #7
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I have not looked at it yet, but would a crack in the drip pan allow rain to leak or just condensation?
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Old 09-13-2009, 08:38 AM   #8
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leaky a/c

I had the same thing happen on my Excella 1000. Turned out the drain tube was blocked by a mud wasp nest. The drain line should be on the street side right even with the a/c by the banna wrap. While the a/c is running see if you have any water dripping out the tube. If not, then it is plugged and backing up into the drain pan. Running a thin piece of wire up the tube and out should clear the obstruction.

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Blowing compressed air from the bottom works for me.
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I have not looked at it yet, but would a crack in the drip pan allow rain to leak or just condensation?
My problem did both
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One of the best "wires" for unclogging the line is a piece of line from a powered lawn trimmer or weed wacker.
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Old 09-29-2009, 03:41 PM   #12
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I don't know if I should start a new thread or continue with this one, but here we go. I took the A/C apart from the inside and found that the water was coming in from the front curbside corner. The drip pan seemed to be ok but there was no gasket between the drip pan and the A/C unit at the square opening. There appeared to be some kind of caulk at one time around the raised portions of the drip pan where it contacts the bottom of the A/C unit. The unit was sitting crooked on the pan because two large bolt heads that I believe mount the compressor on the curbside interfere with the edge on the pan. The drip pan seemed to be caulked down to the roof well. When I lift the unit there is no sign that there was ever a gasket. I believe the outer rim of the drip pan can be cut out to accomidate the bolts without causing a problem but shouldn't there be a gasket or something at the square opening?
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Old 09-29-2009, 03:57 PM   #13
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I had a problem with my AC leaking in my 08 19" Bambi this summer while parked down in Port A, I came back one afternoon and found the area rug soaked. Most advise from the fourm was to check the drain tube for blockage, none was found. What I did find was that where the drain tube attatches to the drain pan there was a lot of a grey seal material. I cleaned this all off and found that the nipple that the clear drain tube attatches to the black drain pan had a small crack in it. I found some epoxy plastic repair, patched the crack and now I have had no more leaks. I have been full timing in the unit since I purchase it 6 months ago. The only other problem has been the fridge door insert keeps sliding out while on the road. Ps I believe that your 16 footer was parked on the other side of the Pioneer RV park the same weekend I was there.
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I'm glad you found your problem, my drip pan and hose seem to be ok and no evidence of water around there. I believe mine is missing the gasket around the square opening but we will see. By the way, we go to Pioneer every year during that time. Maybe we will see you there. Thanks
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