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Old 02-03-2013, 11:45 AM   #1
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Remove/Replace AC

I am going to be removing and replaceing the AC on my 1976 31' Sovereign very soon. I need some recommendations for a setup to work from to avoid crawling around on my newly painted white roof. The AC that I am removing is a Carrier so only four bolts holding it on and these are removed from the inside so that is easy. But I want to be able to lift it off without sliding it across the top. Same for placing the new unit in place.

Any suggestions, thanks

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Old 02-03-2013, 12:59 PM   #2
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Erect contractor scaffolding both sides of trailer span all 4 sides of AC then you have a safe platform to work. Scaffolding not exp. to rent or maybe borrow
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I checked with a local RV dealer. They use a forklift to get over the trail.
A word of caution: The pan under the AC unit often breaks while changing out the unit. Be ready to stop work and order a new pan.
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Scaffolding both sides of trailer sounds like what I need to do. I don't have access to a a forklift.

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Old 02-03-2013, 07:31 PM   #5
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I checked with a local RV dealer. They use a forklift to get over the trail.
A word of caution: The pan under the AC unit often breaks while changing out the unit. Be ready to stop work and order a new pan.
DITCH THE PAN!!!!!!!!!!

Use Dometic's Auxiliary drain kit and be free of the pan forever!!!!!

It works better too and will not leak condensate into the trailer like a cracked/overfull pan will.

Every other RV manufacturer (and I DO mean EVERY OTHER one) uses this drip kit for their Dometic installations where an internal drain hose is used.

Even Airstream has gone to the drip kit on 2012 and newer units.
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This is how I did mine:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f478...tml#post866576



I used a tractor loader to lift to the scaffold.

The scaffold was handy to have for polishing.

I got on the roof on a plank or two to work on the side with no scaffold. No problem!
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