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Old 03-22-2008, 05:21 PM   #15
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It looks like this - in fact this is the same interior cover I have now....

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Old 03-23-2008, 11:48 AM   #16
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Here is picture of the spacer that I built. I designed to fit up to the ceiling by making a template from the light fixture to match the curve of the ceiling. It has the 14" cutout to match the hole in the roof for the AC and the inside unit is mounted on the flat side of the spacer with the 4 long bolts that hold the outside unit down. I tightened these bolts to achieve the required compression of the gasket that fits between the outside unit and the roof. Then the cover is attach to the inside unit which is mounted to flat surface of the spacer. The spacer when pained a matching semi-gloss color in the same shade (mixed by Sherwin William's using the cover as a guide) it looks like it came with the AC. I have had people tell me that their Carrier did not come with this piece and want to know if it is a special order item. I don't have the A/S home now but should have it here next week and will take some more pic's with the cover off.

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Old 03-23-2008, 11:54 AM   #17
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Thanks Don,

I look forward to more photos. How about some big ones that we can click on for more detail? What did you make the spacer from? I am installing a Carrier on my Excella, hopefully next weekend. I would especially appreciate details of your drain attachment, since I have been considering the same thing. Hey, I’ve already got the line!

That’s a nice part of the country where you live. I’m also glad to hear the 15,000 unit is keeping you cool. My 34’ Excella was warm last summer, and now the old Coleman will only run about 2 minutes before cycling.
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Old 03-23-2008, 12:42 PM   #18
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Don, That does look really good from what can be seen. If you could post some more pics of your work that would help. Thanks....

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Here is picture of the spacer that I built. I designed to fit up to the ceiling by making a template from the light fixture to match the curve of the ceiling. It has the 14" cutout to match the hole in the roof for the AC and the inside unit is mounted on the flat side of the spacer with the 4 long bolts that hold the outside unit down. I tightened these bolts to achieve the required compression of the gasket that fits between the outside unit and the roof. Then the cover is attach to the inside unit which is mounted to flat surface of the spacer. The spacer when pained a matching semi-gloss color in the same shade (mixed by Sherwin William's using the cover as a guide) it looks like it came with the AC. I have had people tell me that their Carrier did not come with this piece and want to know if it is a special order item. I don't have the A/S home now but should have it here next week and will take some more pic's with the cover off.

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Old 03-23-2008, 02:31 PM   #19
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I should have it home by Tuesday and I will take some more pic's of the spacer and the drain. I will make them a little larger so that you can see more detail.

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Old 03-23-2008, 02:35 PM   #20
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I should have it home by Tuesday and I will take some more pic's of the spacer and the drain. I will make them a little larger so that you can see more detail.

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Making a spacer is not required, and a big waste of time.

Simply use the same material the surrounds the "vista view window" cutout.

We have used that material for 20 years for that purpose.

Slide it up or down as needed over the shroud.

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Old 03-23-2008, 03:02 PM   #21
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On my 76 the curve produced an about an inch gap in the center when each side of the cover touched the ceiling. There was no way to attach the cover using the screws supplied to the inside unit after tightening the bolts to compress the outside gasket. Believe me I tried. Certainly there are other way to work around this issue but my spacer produced a solid base to attach the inside unit and tighten the 4 bolds to compress the gasket. I then had a flat surface to attach the cover as was intended. On new A/S the curve is not as big so other methods work.

So a spacer may not be required, but mine works, looks great and provides a solid base.


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I built a frame around the inside cover for my Penguin. I do not know the details of the Carrier unit. If it is similar to the Penguin, make sure you are not creating a cross connection between the supply and return plenums.

Because of the curvature of the ceiling, there is not a good seal between the edge of the cover and the steel channels. Cold air can leak directly from the supply plenum to the return. All that's required is to put a couple of foam strips (A/C seal strip from Home Depot) inside the steel channels for the ceiling cover to seal against.

There are a couple of pictures here.
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Old 03-23-2008, 03:26 PM   #23
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Lew - I just chunked out $725 minutes before seeing your reply...!!!

Well - I've made my bed - so not much I can do about it now. If you really don't think this is a good unit I could trying calling the dealer on Monday and see if they will let me apply the cash to a different unit? It's Family RV in New Port Richey, FL.

Link to the item on Ebay.

eBay Motors: NEW LOW PROFILE CARRIER 15K RV,AC,BOAT,AIR CONDITIONER (item 160218588828 end time Mar-24-08 02:47:08 PDT)
I've bought from those people before, they are very good to work with.
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Old 03-23-2008, 04:54 PM   #24
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RE: Interior spacers...........

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I've installed 6 Carrier units in Airstreams and have never used a spacer. Not with the Dometics either. It is very simple to scribe the curve of the ceiling to the lower unit and cut the plastic with aviation snips. Fits perfectly. If you must, you can line the ceiling with 1/4" foam tape, but it rally isn't necessary unless you are getting evaporator freeze-up from too much cooled air directly feeding into the return.
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Old 03-27-2008, 04:30 PM   #25
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Here some additional picturers of my Spacer and the brass fitting to provide the drain line.

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Old 03-27-2008, 06:18 PM   #26
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Here some additional picturers of my Spacer and the brass fitting to provide the drain line.

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Don,

I'm pretty fussy about what I do - you just made it worse......

That's some fine work - nice and clean. Did you put in a new drain hose.

Thanks for posting those pictures.
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On the drain hose I connected it to the existing drain line that was already there that runs down the inside wall and out at the wheel well. I used a short piece of new tubing with a plastic barb connector to run from the brass fitting to the old drain line. It works like a charm.

I wish I would have taken pictures of how I made the spacer. Like most of my projects it was just something in my head so off to Home depot to see what I could come up with. I know I built a frame using furring strips and then used the light cover as a template to match the curve using some thin wood strips. A little trial and error and I had it. Calked, sanded and painted and I solved the curved roof problem. Hope this helps.

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(This thread is one of the reasons I so enjoy this forum! I may not have an Airstream -- I don't have the "mount problem" on mine -- but, boy, do I love to see nice work done and helpful tips from others: fabrication, potential warranty problems, etc!! Great food for thought, and inspiration on my own work!!)
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