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Old 05-17-2015, 04:39 PM   #1
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Cleaning AC drain hose

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Every month we have to put some special solvent into our home ac drain pipe. On the Airstream, does anyone ever clean out their AC drain hose? If so, what do you use and how do you access it? I know the drain on my unit exits on the street side wheel well but I have never seen the other end at the AC.
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Old 05-17-2015, 04:47 PM   #2
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In the old Bambi II I used vinager and high pressure air to open the hose up. I need to check the drain on the Safari, I am getting a lot of water running down the sides lately when running the AC. Humidity has been pretty high.
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Old 05-17-2015, 05:09 PM   #3
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Where is the intake on the hose? I am sure it is at the pan but have not located it. I have a Dometic unit OEM.
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Old 05-17-2015, 06:43 PM   #4
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Not sure where it is in the 2006 (same year as mine). I have not made effort to find it. The previous owner of my trailer had new AC put in by Jackson Center about this time last year, so it might be different than yours. If you pull the inside shroud you should be able to see it with some looking around.

The outlet should be somewhere underneath around one of wheel wells.
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Old 05-17-2015, 06:55 PM   #5
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On my 2014FC the hose came up the roadside wall into a T connector. From their it went to each of the drain cups. Get a very stout roll of weed wacker plastic whacker stuff and run it up the tube. Or take off the inside AC cover and you could run an electrical snake up from the outside and put something on the end, small piece of cloth, and pull it back out. This all worked on a 2014. YMMV.
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If your tube (air conditioner) is really clogged up go to an auto parts store and get the longest speedometer cable you can. Remove the outer shield and chuck the inner cable in your drill. Run it up and down the drip tube and watch the krap come out. It is possible to come through the tube if it is old and corroded so be careful.
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I managed to keep mine clean with air pressure. The first time I blew back up the line... I don't recommend that. Blowing down the line is better.

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Ditto on not blowing up the hose, lesson learned the messy way.
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I occasionally attach my wet/dry shop vac to the outlet and suck out anything I can. This is also how I clear household AC condensate drains also. No dis-assembly required, no mess, effective.
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I occasionally attach my wet/dry shop vac to the outlet and suck out anything I can. This is also how I clear household AC condensate drains also. No dis-assembly required, no mess, effective.
This is what we do...

Also, we use Clorox in the line for house.. 1/2 cup a month. Yes, it is "overkill".... Then after an hour use wet/dry outdid to pull some air thru line.
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A filter helps too

I had a mud dauber build a nest in the drain tube on our 23'.
A simple plastic filter in the line prevents that happening again. The critters apparently like the moisture in the tube and saves major problems.
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How do you access the drain hose fron the top? Can you take the ac cover off?
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How do you access the drain hose fron the top? Can you take the ac cover off?
You can access the hose by removing the inside vent cover. You should be able to look up and see it.
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