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Old 08-22-2011, 09:20 PM   #15
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We've had the exact same problem with our 2011 25' FC. We live in Florida and while camping in Daytona Beach last month, we had water dripping on both sides of the A/C unit. Also got an error code on the CCC. Took the cover off, inspected everything and dried off the wiring, disconnected the "telephone" connector and dried it well. The unit restarted but didn't cool for a while, then returned to normal. Some moisture the next day coming out but by the third day it had stopped. This is a problem AS needs to address. I wouldn't dare take it to a dealer because they would run it and tell me it's working fine at the time. Sure would be interested in a permanent solution if anyone comes up with one.
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Old 08-22-2011, 10:00 PM   #16
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I'm having the same problem...new Dometic Penguin low profile drains great for days then decides to drip for no reason at all...water always SURGES out of the drain when the fan shuts off...I have a bit of an advantage...my '91 has the original Penguin on the front and it works fine...differences?...airflow baffles are different...and the new unit does not allow me to keep the fan on...when the compressor shuts off, so does the fan.

Im figurin if I can swap the control circuit to keep the fan on, my problem will go away....

Anyone have a switch schematic for a manual control Dometic?
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Old 08-23-2011, 10:22 AM   #17
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I wouldn't dare take it to a dealer because they would run it and tell me it's working fine at the time.
This problem has been reported on a couple of the threads, so if the dealer hasn't heard your story by now, they will over time. You need to do so before your warranty runs out.

If they won't and don't know how to fix it, contact Airstream about it until you get a good answer and solution. You could also contact the manufacturer.

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Old 08-23-2011, 12:11 PM   #18
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I'm having the same problems. Drops of water inside the trailer when it is not raining outside. Now, I am having a bigger problem. The unit hums, but the fan is not working. I am traveling in Alaska and have seen my share of dust and dirt. Any suggestions? I plan to head south in a few days and thinking of taking it to a dealer in Alberta or BC. It is still under warranty. I don't want to wait until I get back to Georgia. I may need it. However, for now, the fantastic fans are keeping me cool when I need cool air.
Benjisgal,

We had the "humming" problem on our AC a couple of years ago. The Fan was stuck, when we started up the AC in the spring. I took the shroud off of the rooftop unit, and simply spun the fan -- after that it ran all season (and has for the last couple of years.

Nor sure if this is your problem -- but an easy thing to check.
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:53 AM   #19
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The design flaw (post #10) has been addressed: a/c upper units are now being installed at the factory in such a way that some of the condensate is diverted to the roof....perhaps not a perfect solution, but certainly a step in the right direction.
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Old 08-24-2011, 11:43 AM   #20
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Today we just noticed a steady drip off the roof in the front of the AS. perhaps this is the roof condensation fmrcaptevil is referring to? It's a little humid outside but no dripping inside.
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Old 08-24-2011, 02:40 PM   #21
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Long ago learned a lesson from auto AC units....especially on our 95 Burb TV.

A lot of them dripped all over the passenger side floor when AC was running on Auto max cool with the fan on high, the drains couldn't handle the amount of condensate.


When we first got the 03 Classic I also thought the "auto" setting was the way to go. When I noticed water running off the roof AND out the drain I remembered the wet floor fix.

My solution...high humidity, don't use the auto setting.

Turn the temp to max cool and the fan down, the air out the vents will be cooler because the air is spending more time around the coils. The slower fan speed will cut down the volume of air being de-humidified, less water.

It's still what I do with the AS, once the interior was cooled down enough to be comfortable I turn the fan down and set the thermo where it will maintain the interior temp.

No more water off the roof.

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Old 08-24-2011, 05:31 PM   #22
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On our 11 FC, we had the A/C turned down to 60 and fan on low. Water poured from the sides of the unit during the night and there was considerable water on the floor the next morning and the A/C was out all day while I was drying things out. I'm not convinced running on max cool with the fan on will work. We were at Daytona Beach last month when this happened.
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Tater,

I'm sure it's quite a bit different down in Fla, but if I set it at 60 all night we'd be froze to the sheets in the morning.

"once the interior was cooled down enough to be comfortable I turn the fan down and set the thermo where it will maintain the interior temp."

During our recent run of 90's here I had the unit running 24/7 for a 14 days. The interior was 95+.
When it cooled down inside, I set the thermostat at 78 and let it run. 90+ outside 78 inside was quite comfortable. And all water exiting thru the drain.

Have you been able to ck the pan for cracks and drain for blockage?

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Old 08-24-2011, 09:13 PM   #24
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I posted here some time ago about my AC unit dripping boocoo amounts of condensate during useage, esp at shutdown. I've had the 2010 FC23FB into the dealer a couple of times and also to the factory several times and the problem has never really been solved. My big concern is the water hitting the floor splashes very close to the electric panel. Hopefully, the factory will eventually come up with a good fix.
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Tater,

I'm sure it's quite a bit different down in Fla, but if I set it at 60 all night we'd be froze to the sheets in the morning.

"once the interior was cooled down enough to be comfortable I turn the fan down and set the thermo where it will maintain the interior temp."

During our recent run of 90's here I had the unit running 24/7 for a 14 days. The interior was 95+.
When it cooled down inside, I set the thermostat at 78 and let it run. 90+ outside 78 inside was quite comfortable. And all water exiting thru the drain.

Have you been able to ck the pan for cracks and drain for blockage?

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When I had the cover removed, I looked for cracks and didn't notice anything. At the time I did that I did not check the drain. Earlier in the day the water was coming out by the wheel so much that the person camped next to me thought I had a water leak. I am moving the trailer to a mancave next to the house at the end of next month and I will remove the cover and check the pan for cracks since I did not really look for that before, and I will check the line for blockage as well. I should add it never dropped the temperature down to 60 that night and the unit did not work the next day due to the water on the telephone wire issue. The next night I was happy at 78 degrees or any cooling at all. The third day it was all back to normal after everything was dried out. Thanks for the tips.
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Well an hour a got the 15k unit did the big dump of water when it shut down. When it tried to start up again it would stop, start again then stop. The CCC had the E1 code flashing for zone 2 then a moment later zone 1. I turned it off, pulled put the very wet filters in the unit and pointed the table fan at the unit. Had the EE code before, we pulled the cover off and dried everything and was able to reset the unit.

I'm going to let it dry some more, read the manual and try it again. Thankfully its morning and still cool inside.
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The design flaw (post #10) has been addressed: a/c upper units are now being installed at the factory in such a way that some of the condensate is diverted to the roof....perhaps not a perfect solution, but certainly a step in the right direction.
But, do the dealers know this and are they correcting the problem on units installed improperly?

Are there trailers out of warranty where this is a problem and is Airstream fixing this at no cost?

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Our symptoms were the same as post 26 almost to the T. After everything was dried out, we did get it restarted and it ran intermittently for a couple of hours then straightened out ok. Mine is an 2011 and under warranty. I have no confidence in any dealer I have taken our A/S to to adequately fix anything on the first trip. Wouldn't be so bad if they were close by but in our case they are at least and 1 1/2 to 2 hours each way. When you talk with A/S customer service they tell you to take it to a dealer. Quality service is not an A/S strong suit based on my experiences.
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