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Old 09-10-2007, 02:58 PM   #43
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Now my next safety equipment is going to be some fold flat safety cones I saw on RV Road Trip with the battery powere flahing red light on top and some fold up safety triangles in case I ever have a flat or other break down 'cause you can never be too prepared and never have too many gadgets!
If you have a Northern Tool near you Tom, you can get these items there at a competitive price.

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Old 09-10-2007, 04:16 PM   #44
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There is one in Stockbridge which is 30 or so miles away...in Atlanta that's just around the corner!
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Old 09-13-2007, 12:19 PM   #45
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I just bought a digital voltmeter and checked the voltage in our tt. I thought that the $20 meter we had might not be reading correctly because at almost every campground, the power reading was low. 108-110, sometimes lower. It also read 108-110 at home at the 30amp outlet we just had added.

With the digital voltmeter it reads 115.6. We are leaving soon on a trip across the country on I-10, so now will have an accurate check of the power when using the ac.

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Old 09-13-2007, 12:35 PM   #46
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that $20. meter might have a calibration adjustment on it somewhere.
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Old 09-13-2007, 01:49 PM   #47
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What are you going to calibrate it with?
At what voltage and air temperature are you not going to use the A/C?
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What are you going to calibrate it with?
At what voltage and air temperature are you not going to use the A/C?
i usually calibrate them with a screwdriver, using a reliable meter as a guide. i'd use the best voltage i had available. as for air temerature, my a/c gets turned on at about 72 degrees fahrenheit so i guess i would not use it below that unless it was very humid.
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Old 09-25-2010, 12:47 AM   #49
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Bump: AC Start Capacitor & PTCR

I'm bumping this thread because I need to check out my Dometic Brisk Air AC that I had installed on the 68 Trade Wind, in 2007. It worked very well until summer of 2009. I suspect low voltage and improper wiring led to burning out the start capacitor and PTCR. There could have been a fire.

The breaker switch heated to the point that little bubbles began to form in the plastic, smelled awful. Since that time, the compressor tries to start, but does not continue. Hot days are supposed to end this weekend for a while.

Improper wiring means the installers did not locate the factory 110v wire located in the roof, between ribs at the proper location. Instead, they ran an extension off the one breaker. Trying to run too many things through the same 15 amp circuit overloaded and created a low voltage situation.

I hope the compressor isn't a total loss. Before I found this thread, I just today had the AC removed from the roof, and I intend to install a Fantastic Vent in its place. This should be good for the rest of fall, tailgating and camping.

If the start cap. and PTCR repairs do the trick, I might put the AC on eBay. I was not comfortable with the slight sag on the roof caused by the AC.

I will continue to search the forums for options on locating the AC other than on the roof. As some have said, I've not been happy aesthetically with the big white bump on the top, I prefer the lines of the simple original shape.

I'll check back with a progress report and photos. This is a great thread, possibly could be a sticky on AC Start Capacitor and PTCR.
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I'm bumping this thread because I need to check out my Dometic Brisk Air AC that I had installed on the 68 Trade Wind, in 2007. It worked very well until summer of 2009. I suspect low voltage and improper wiring led to burning out the start capacitor and PTCR. There could have been a fire.

The breaker switch heated to the point that little bubbles began to form in the plastic, smelled awful. Since that time, the compressor tries to start, but does not continue. Hot days are supposed to end this weekend for a while.

Improper wiring means the installers did not locate the factory 110v wire located in the roof, between ribs at the proper location. Instead, they ran an extension off the one breaker. Trying to run too many things through the same 15 amp circuit overloaded and created a low voltage situation.

I hope the compressor isn't a total loss. Before I found this thread, I just today had the AC removed from the roof, and I intend to install a Fantastic Vent in its place. This should be good for the rest of fall, tailgating and camping.

If the start cap. and PTCR repairs do the trick, I might put the AC on eBay. I was not comfortable with the slight sag on the roof caused by the AC.

I will continue to search the forums for options on locating the AC other than on the roof. As some have said, I've not been happy aesthetically with the big white bump on the top, I prefer the lines of the simple original shape.

I'll check back with a progress report and photos. This is a great thread, possibly could be a sticky on AC Start Capacitor and PTCR.
ANNE,

Your roof A/C unit should be isolated on it's own dedicated 20 amp breaker. That means that nothing else is drawing from that breaker of hot supply line. Any other configuration is against RVIA standards and just plain dangerous!!!
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Hi, Lew -- Thank goodness an overheated breaker stinks so bad! That's why I went ahead and had the AC removed today. And, have you seen the burned out Airstream on eBay now? That's a very scary scenario.

I don't have the equipment or overhead system to take care of a rooftop AC myself. If I'm going to have AC, I will have one I can deal with by myself.

Having a vintage Trade Wind is a choice that has a lot of other choices along the way, mostly about dealing with RV service centers that do not know Airstreams, don't want to work on vintage ones, and do not like taking instruction from a customer (especially, a female customer). In 2006, I insisted that the techs find the factory wiring, but they insisted they had it all under control. Hindsight: I should have either insisted flat out, or left before they touched it. I equivocated, didn't know then what I know now, and now I am paying the price. I really hate throwing good money after bad.

So, down it came today, and it's sitting in the bed of my truck, and tomorrow I will look for the start unit under the shroud. I'm looking for the replacement kit online now, just in case there is hope that the compressor isn't totally lost.

But, I learned a lot -- checking the voltage every time, monitoring the voltage, monitoring the wear and tear on the electrical system. In the long run, it's on me, to know what's happening and taking the steps to keep it safe.

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Your roof A/C unit should be isolated on it's own dedicated 20 amp breaker. That means that nothing else is drawing from that breaker of hot supply line. Any other configuration is against RVIA standards and just plain dangerous!!!
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