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Old 05-19-2012, 07:51 AM   #1
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Tell me I don't have to remove the skins please. AC drain tubes

My A/C has been leaking inside the trailer so I got to pulling it apart this morning and, much to my chagrin, I found this... the drip line hose has completely deteriorated. I went to reach for the other end, and it fell apart in my hands. Am I going to have to remove skins in order to fix this??? My old Coleman didn't even have a drain tube, it just drained outside the SOB camper.

Also, while I've got your attention, what's going on with this unhooked wire. It's presumably the same one that's coiled up unused at my t-stat. The air works fine without it.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-19-2012, 08:08 AM   #2
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About that wire--if the a/c works, don't mess with it.
Now, for the drain tube. Before taking everything apart, try running a flexible wire through the inside of it. Then connect a stiffer wire to the end of that, and use the first wire to pull that through. Hook the second wire to a "fish tape", and pull it back up into the roof. Attach a new hose, smaller than the one that's there, to the fish tape, and pull it down through the old hose. Use an adapter from the larger end of the drain pan to the smaller drain hose, and put everything back together.
This should work well, though in some high humidity situations (like pea soup fog in a swamp) it may overwhelm the smaller hose.
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Old 05-19-2012, 08:19 AM   #3
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The drain tubes do run inside the skins. My 77 has it exiting around where the fridge would be (if I had one). My AC has been changed out with the Slinger Technology that tosses the water off the fan. Kind of annoying having water dripping down the sides of the trailer.

I'm no expert on the drain tubes, but I would think it would be pretty difficult to change out. Easier to buy a new AC!
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Old 05-19-2012, 09:42 AM   #4
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Argh! Yeah, That's what I was afraid of. I located the far end of the drain tube (thanks Sneakinup!) and it crumbled as well, so there's no hope of fishing wire or tubes through it. If I can find my fish tape (another argh), I'll try sending a wire through it just on the off chance there's a clear path.

Does the Armstrong unit have an overflow output on it too? One that dumps directly outside? I'm wondering if I can cap this one as a temporary fix and let it drain via overflow.
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Whats the argument about running a new drain line over to the cabinets and then down to the floor?
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:06 AM   #6
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C'mon Boondocker, you're making a difficult situation way too easy, lol. That's a great idea, and I could easily conceal it actually by drilling a hole in the top of the tambour cabinets and running the new line behind the fridge.

Thanks for the assistance and common sense, Lord knows I need it!
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Those drains can put out a good bit of water, you might think of routing over to the street side if the architecture of your rig allows it.
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We had better access while we were replacing the air conditioner, but it was fairly easy to run a new drain tube through the wall of the trailer. IIRC, there was only one place where it ran through a rib, and that was right next to the AC.

We chose to used lawn sprinkler system black flexible pipe for the replacement, same diameter as the original,and it has worked well.

Good luck with your fishing project.
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Old 05-19-2012, 06:06 PM   #9
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The drain tubes do run inside the skins. My 77 has it exiting around where the fridge would be (if I had one).
Everything changes, I guess. Our '74's drip line comes out on the streetside, just behind the rear (IIRC) tire.
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Everything changes, I guess. Our '74's drip line comes out on the streetside, just behind the rear (IIRC) tire.
And our '74 has the drain line ahead of the front tire on the street side.
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Old 05-20-2012, 12:47 PM   #11
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Ok, so that was a fulfilling, 10 minute fix that saved my Saturday and allowed me to get to work removing the kitchen cabinets. In my 78, the drain line was on the street side just in front of the tires. I put in a braided hose with a hose clamp and it's dripping beautifully to the street below.

I appreciate the help!
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