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Old 06-21-2008, 08:39 PM   #1
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Our 2008 Safari came without the owner manual for the A/C. I attempted, without success, to find one on the Dometic website to download.

My question: What maintenance is needed for the A/C? Also, we have a minute but pesky leak, and an RV tech told me that the mounting bolts for the A/C have to be tightened periodically. Airstream tech support, to the contrary, never heard of such a thing. Comments?

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Here is a link to the installation instructions.
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Thanks.... I successfully downloaded the installation manual, which is a help. Jeff Cooney
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the manual mark linked is the only thing that comes with the owners packets...

there are some 'pages' on the a/c operation, also in the a/s owners manual...

if u don't have that, it can be viewed and downloaded as a pdf from the a/s website.

the basic maintenance is cleaning the screens/filters inside, and keeping the outside free of debris...

the fan bearings are sealed (i think) and the compressor doesn't require maintenance.

visually checking the wiring, connections inside and so on, may be useful too.

there are examples of units coming loose, but 'routinely' tightening the 4 lag bolts is un-necessary.

by leak do you mean inside/outside air leak, a water leak OR coolant leak?

-coolant leak=new unit, it's under warranty so don't tolerate a defective a/c...

-air leak = loose or misaligned unit and should be serviced by a dealer...

-water leak = plugged or cracked pan or plugged drain or improperly gooped rooftop sealant, again go2the service shop.

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Old 06-22-2008, 12:27 AM   #5
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Greetings:

Our 2008 Safari came without the owner manual for the A/C. I attempted, without success, to find one on the Dometic website to download.

My question: What maintenance is needed for the A/C? Also, we have a minute but pesky leak, and an RV tech told me that the mounting bolts for the A/C have to be tightened periodically. Airstream tech support, to the contrary, never heard of such a thing. Comments?

Happy Summertime to All... Jeff Cooney
Hi Jeff and welcome!

I'll just add a little to the good stuff that is already here. Per Dometic spec, the gasket that is under the A/C unit should be compressed to 50% of the original dimension for a proper seal. In newer Airstreams, there is a drain pan sandwiched between the A/C unit and the roof. If you are 'leaking' water or condensate into the coach, I would look at the drain hose connections, the drip pan itself, and possibly the sealant layer between the drip pan and the roof.

Of course, if you are within Airstream's 2 year warranty, I would have this done by your dealer or other 'reputable' Airstream dealer, as this is probably an installation problem and NOT generally covered under your 3 year Dometic factory warranty.

As for regular maintenance, there really isn't much: keep your coils clean! Remove the shroud and check the condenser coil once a year for dirt. Dirty coils will negatively effect the operation of your A/C unit. While up there, check the condenser fan for mud daubers or other insects, as they can un-balance the blower and cause a nasty vibration. Keep your interior filters CLEAN! This means removing them and washing/drying them at least month, more if you use the A/C on a regular basis. This will keep your evaporator coils clean and help prevent evaporator icing.

Other than that, not much else until you have a problem!
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Thanks to all the fine fellow 'Streamers for all your help. By the way, i'm always impressed with the quality and kindness of the replies and tips. May the whole world interact with the same courtesy as Airstream Forums.

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