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Old 10-16-2013, 02:35 PM   #1
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Does Your Air Conditioner Rain Down On You?

Our A/C rained down on me a couple days ago ... inside the Airstream. Upon removing the interior cover and base plate, what I found is that the "high quality piece of crap plastic Drip Pan" (known by some as a Base Pan, Condensation Pan, etc.) is all cracked around the fitting, and that the hole in the Drip Pan, that the fitting screws into, appears to be drilled out larger than the fitting diameter.

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So I contacted Dometic and they don't even sell replacement "high quality piece of crap plastic Drip Pans". Their solution is to purchase a new A/C. I won't express my thoughts on that.

So the RV Tech I met with today discussed it with me and we're going to use an autobody epoxy and permanently plug the current hole that has failed. Then we're going to drill a new hole on the side of the "high quality piece of crap plastic Drip Pan" and install a 90 degree fitting and hook the drain hose to the new fitting.

So, if your A/C is raining down on you inside your Airstream it may be a more serious issue than simply condensation. It may be a poor installation job done at the factory that requires a more in depth review of the situation.
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Old 10-16-2013, 03:58 PM   #2
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Rivet crao plastic

Frank and Mike ,
What an answer ! Buy a whole new AC unit ! What Dolts !!!
As far as finding things that were screwed up at the factory , I hope this one
is as bad as it gets for you , I have found quite a few things that Airstream
did to ours that were simply "don't give a **** construction" related . and one huge engineering problem. Hang in there and muddle through the screw ups , then yours will be a mostly trouble free nice looking trailer.
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Old 10-16-2013, 04:06 PM   #3
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Wow, you must of been beside me when I found the exact same thing with ours. OK, maybe not as bad, I was able to use epoxy around it to seal it.
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Old 10-16-2013, 04:08 PM   #4
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Same with ours. Epoxy fixed it, but what a bad design. We are thinking of replacing the AC to get a larger unit. And the new Coleman Mach 8 unit is looking even more attractive now.
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Old 10-16-2013, 04:10 PM   #5
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Our air conditioner also had a leak in the "high quality piece of crap plastic Drip Pan" because of a crack located where the fitting screwed into the pan.

After finding where the water was actually coming from, and in our case this was the hardest thing, I was able to stop the leak with Household Goop.
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:27 PM   #6
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I've just had that happen to me. I have not had a chance to look to see where the problem is. I will definitely try these suggestions. I will post what I found.
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:42 PM   #7
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The Tech is coming tomorrow to fix the issue. I'll try to take some photos if I can.
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Old 10-22-2013, 05:51 AM   #8
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That would be great. Mine too is a 25ft 2007. I guess the life span of the pan is up.
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Old 10-22-2013, 06:22 AM   #9
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Check with Lewster, you may need the "kit".

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Old 10-22-2013, 06:49 AM   #11
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It's a crying shame that AS has embraced the philosophy of "build it light and build it cheap " so it lasts till the warranty expires ! then Who Cares :-(

the factory installed AC on our 1966 AS still works fine and drains to the outside after 47 years of use .
Just saying
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I also "JB Welded" mine....but I occasionally still had a drip problem in very humid conditions. I found that there was a gap between the top of the pan and the bottom of the A/C unit. When the blower was on high and humidity was high the air turbulence was "damming up" the water and not letting it drain, but rather was blowing it over the top of the pan and down onto the filter area of the cover. A quick test of this is to go outside and then have someone shut off the A/C during a leak condition. If you see a lot (like a pint or more) of water coming out of the drain tube in a sudden rush, it is being held back during operation.

I fixed mine by sealing the top of the pan to the A/C unit.
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That is an interesting finding. I may have experienced that as well. I had thought it was a plugged drain tube. I haven't been in a really hot humid place since early this summer when it occurred.
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Plastic isn't plastic and epoxy isn't epoxy.
Once you know what kind of plastic you have, consider West Systems G/Flex. There is a good guide to adhering to different types of plastics here. I've had great luck with this.
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