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Old 11-04-2012, 09:50 PM   #1
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Penguin II AC, drip pan?

For those who have installed a Penquin II low profile AC, did you install the accessory drip pan?

Reading the owner's installation manual I did not see any mention about installing a drip pan. After wondering about it, I find there is a such a drip pan available for the Penquin II. Part #: 3107688.016 AUXILIARY DRAIN PAN KIT

What is the consensus here regarding an installation. Is it necessary, is it a personal preference, is it worth adding it. Is there problems if the drain tube gets clogged?

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Old 11-05-2012, 06:43 AM   #2
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Greetings.

I have been pushing the auxiliary drain kit (the one you mention) over the drain pan for years. I had never seen the drain pan that Airstream uses until I had to replace a roof unit on one................. that was some time ago

The drain kit consists of 2 drain cups that are screwed into the under side of the A/C base pan below the drip holes. They combine with the supplied tubing and plastic 'T' fitting to allow final connection into the Airstream drain tube. A second A/C foam gasket is also supplied to allow the assembly to clear the roof. I believe that Airstream has finally started to use this system over their old, proprietary drain pan system.

I have also heard of a new condensate pump system that Dometic has just come out with. Don't have any details for it but will find out from their tech center this week. PM me if you need more info.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:51 AM   #3
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I followed Lew's advice during my install and used the drip cup system. It works great and doesn't have the inherent weakness of the pan setup.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:34 PM   #4
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Thanks for the comments! I received the installation manual for the drip pans! OMG! 2 plastic cups, with a clear hose attached to a Tee connector! I haven't priced it out, but shame on Dometic. It should have been included with the AC regardless if it were used in the installation.
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Thanks for the comments! I received the installation manual for the drip pans! OMG! 2 plastic cups, with a clear hose attached to a Tee connector! I haven't priced it out, but shame on Dometic. It should have been included with the AC regardless if it were used in the installation.
I installed them, not sure how well they work cause I havent fired up my ac, but here are a couple pics. It wasnt hard to install. I am just finishing up with installing the condensation line.
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They work much better than the pan. The hose from the pan tends to get clogged which ultimately results in the water overflowing the pan and down inside the trailer. If the cups drain line happens to get clogged the water overflows out of the cups themselves and it runs down the outside of the trailer.

I'm a fan because I used to deal with a plugged drain line several times a year and the resultant mess cleanup was a real pain. One time the overflowing drain pan even submerged my control circuit board and took it out so I had to buy another one. That can't happen as I see it with the cups.
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Thanks for the photos added. Looks like you added the drip cups pre-install of the AC. "Lewster" mentioned above that there is a second foam gasket along with the drip cups to be installed. I already have my AC mounted, and still have the walls open. If needed I can pull the AC off. I have yet to order the drip cup kit.

Question: Is it necessary that the AC come off the roof for the install, and did you run the drip tube inside the walls?
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Thanks for the photos added. Looks like you added the drip cups pre-install of the AC. "Lewster" mentioned above that there is a second foam gasket along with the drip cups to be installed. I already have my AC mounted, and still have the walls open. If needed I can pull the AC off. I have yet to order the drip cup kit.

Question: Is it necessary that the AC come off the roof for the install, and did you run the drip tube inside the walls?
I screwed up the first install and had to add the second gasket. You have to remove the ac for the install because you have to add the second gasket. Also I dont think my unit had pre drilled holes for the drip cups. But the unit is much lighter than the oem unit. I am running 1/2" condensation line in the wall down the rib over the front street wheel well. I will post more pics when I am done with the electrical.
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I screwed up the first install and had to add the second gasket. You have to remove the ac for the install because you have to add the second gasket. Also I dont think my unit had pre drilled holes for the drip cups. But the unit is much lighter than the oem unit. I am running 1/2" condensation line in the wall down the rib over the front street wheel well. I will post more pics when I am done with the electrical.
There are a couple of holes in the vicinity of the drip cups, but I have found that you need the self-drilling screws in the kit to mount the cups. They go thru the base pan like a hot knife thru butter!
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Thanks lewster i discovered that
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Folks,
My original Domestic A/Cs (25 years old) both died on me...just finished replacing them with new Penguin II's...since it was the way they came, I installed the a/c's as is without any drain line connection, assuming Dometic's design must be to have condensate drain could off the outside the RV. Anyone have any thoughts whether this will be a problem or not?
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