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Old 03-22-2011, 12:36 AM   #29
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Well, after 269 miles round trip, we have the 'Spud back from C & G and they claim it is fixed. They did NOT remove the AC or work on the roof at all. Rod, the owner, said Airstream instructed him to remove the shroud from INSIDE the trailer and to seal around the ceiling from there. It has been stored under cover since we got it back so I can't report with any certainty whether the leak is truly fixed or not. C & G says they tested it with a lot of hose water but I won't feel comfortable until it's been tested in a good ol' rain storm rolling down the highway. That should happen in late April when we hit the road for three weeks. Stand by...
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Old 04-06-2011, 06:51 PM   #30
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Mine (Duotherm) leaked from vent and after exploring discovered the pan was cracked and had been repaired (sort of) with caulk AND, somewhere along the line the gasket was missing--either from initial install or after repair. Replaced pan and added a gasket and problem solved. Pan probably cracked in the first place because the gasket appears to dampen vibration as trailer is going down the road and without it the pan (probably) vibrates excessively.
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Old 04-07-2011, 07:39 PM   #31
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I agree you should have another AS dealer look at it. My 2010 30D's pan was also cracked along with the AC unit. The correction was to replace the entire unit (AC and Pan). If a mechanic or installer used a power tool to tighten the result can be a cracked pan. It is important to tighten only by hand according to the AS dealer that fixed ours in Paso Robles. Ours was over torqued somewhere along the line (factory or dealer). Just a thought.
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:12 AM   #32
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Thanks HCR & Bramer. The fact that yours, Bramer, is also a 2010 really has me concerned. We're getting the Silver Spud out of storage next week and heading to Utah for three weeks. I'm not brimming with confidence that it won't leak again if/when we get into any rain. Guess I can just always hope for sunny weather wherever we go. Except we live in the Pacific Northwet most of the year. :-)
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Old 05-21-2011, 03:31 PM   #33
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Thumbs up The final verdict.

Good news to report. We just got back from a great, 2,600-mile, three-week trip to five National Parks in Utah and hit some serious rain in the final days. And....ZERO LEAKS! (The trip blog & pics are at bbkb.wordpress.com)

We are very happy. Let's hope it stays this way for years to come!

Thanks to all who chimed in.
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Old 01-12-2014, 06:15 PM   #34
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I'm glad you got your leak fixed up and repaired. Currently, I'm dealing with a similar issue on my 05 dometic ac unit. I removed the inside shroud and the metal plate held on by the 3 long bolts. (will tighten back up with hand when done.) I found a very slow leak coming from a small crack, about the size of an eyelash coming from the black pan right where it hooks up to the hose. It seems to only leak when in rains...I want to repair it, but I have a few questions:
1) should I remove and replace the entire black pan ( and all of the factory grey caulking)

(if so, I can't find the part # of the drip pan)

2) or just find some sort of repair for the crack (epoxy?)

3) is to cough up $ and take it to the dealer to repair...how much did you spend getting yours fixed?

4) Is it normal for water to find its way into the drip pan when it's raining in the first place? Or should I be looking for an additional crack/leak from the exterior?

Any input helps. Thanks guys
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Old 06-22-2014, 11:55 AM   #35
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Any help in we are discussing a Coleman roof unit. I have a 1986 25' Excella we just purchased. Airstream is like new except the ac leaks - both when it running and not raining and when the ac is off, but it is raining. Just started the rain leak, we took our Airstream on a maiden voyage from Destin, Florida to Ct and back - ten day round trip. Rain leak started when we returned home. The a/c leak first appeared when we hooked Airstream to shore power.
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Old 07-21-2014, 11:09 AM   #36
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Well, I'll tack my woes on, since the OP's problem is fixed (thanks BillB44 for sticking around to post the resolution). I have a '71 Overlander with a Coleman A/C unit. Around 10 years or so ago, the interior control panel was taken down in preparation for removing the unit (going to Colorado -- wouldn't need it). The trailer was moved a few hundred yards with the A/C unbolted, but it never leaked before or after. Now that I'm back from Colorado (never took the trailer) I decided to stick the control panel back on and bolt 'er back up. Surprise -- the A/C still works!

But now it leaks very badly in any substantial rain -- have a tarp over it right now. With the interior cover off, it appears to be leaking everywhere, or at least coming in unseen and splashing everywhere. My first thought was that tightening the mounting bolts opened up an old, brittle caulk seam, but reading this thread leads me to think that this is unlikely. I'm now guessing that it's a cracked drain pan, and/or it possible shifted out of place when the trailer was moved with the unit unbolted. By the way, condensate does run down the side of the trailer, and nothing leaks inside when the A/C is on and it's not raining.

Thoughts? Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-13-2016, 12:44 PM   #37
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Can't tell percentage compression on the gasket - wonder if a gap measurement (between roof and roof unit might help those of us "re-tightening?"

Chiming in late to this old party. Foureagles, did you figure yours out since last July? Just curious, since mine is DuoTherm and perhaps not at all same.

My 2005 CCD25 started leaking a month ago. Only leaks when raining. Initially thought cracked corner on cover but caulking that, in place, didn't change the leak. Leak is coming from forward road side hex bolt head above the cabin air filter. We pull the filter, place a 1 qt pan on floor and we're good.

Took off outside shroud today, cleaned and inspected, all looks good. Took off inside shroud, drain pan and tube connection all appear sound. Thinking I'll try Lewster's rec for gently snugging mounting bolt.
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Old 01-15-2016, 03:28 PM   #38
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Okay, followed Lewster's rec two days ago on compressing the air conditioner's roof gasket. The a/c mounting bolts all three (2 front, 1 center rear) felt pretty slack. I used 1/4" ratchet with extension, and turned each from under the a/c inside the cabin about two turns. They felt smoothly tighter. Can't visualize the amount of compression or gap change, but could tell I had taken up the slack.

Handily we had an entire afternoon and evening of rain yesterday. No leaks!

By the way, first time I've ever removed the a/c covers inside or rooftop. Far easier than I imagined although the outside one won't suffer many procedures without cracking thru on the flange corners. How was the roof unit after 11 years of zero inspection and maintenance? As bad as you can expect.

I removed remains of an attempted bird nest and a lot of surface dirt. Most striking and guilt inducing is the complete 1/4" thick filter mat that had accumulated on the condenser coils. Fortunately the lint easily pulled away, leaving pretty good looking fins. I'm sure the campgrounds would see lower power bills, if only we ever used our a/c. Honestly, we don't have two hundred hours on it.

It'll cool better now, though. And doesn't leak into the cabin, for now. Thanks, Lew. I owe u yet again.


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Okay, followed Lewster's rec two days ago on compressing the air conditioner's roof gasket. The a/c mounting bolts all three (2 front, 1 center rear) felt pretty slack. I used 1/4" ratchet with extension, and turned each from under the a/c inside the cabin about two turns. They felt smoothly tighter. Can't visualize the amount of compression or gap change, but could tell I had taken up the slack.

Handily we had an entire afternoon and evening of rain yesterday. No leaks!

By the way, first time I've ever removed the a/c covers inside or rooftop. Far easier than I imagined although the outside one won't suffer many procedures without cracking thru on the flange corners. How was the roof unit after 11 years of zero inspection and maintenance? As bad as you can expect.

I removed remains of an attempted bird nest and a lot of surface dirt. Most striking and guilt inducing is the complete 1/4" thick filter mat that had accumulated on the condenser coils. Fortunately the lint easily pulled away, leaving pretty good looking fins. I'm sure the campgrounds would see lower power bills, if only we ever used our a/c. Honestly, we don't have two hundred hours on it.

It'll cool better now, though. And doesn't leak into the cabin, for now. Thanks, Lew. I owe u yet again.


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DS,

You only have 3 mounting bolts????

I have seen that used on flat roof SOBs but on a curved roof Airstream??

If you look at the rear mounting bracket, there are 2 foil covered spots directly in line with the front bolts. There are also threaded inserts above them on the unit's base pan.

I would highly recommend that you find another bolt (1/4-20) and use the outside anchor points. I've seen too many leakers because of them being too cheap (Airstream or Dometic) to add the 4th bolt!!!!


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Lewster, thanks!! The 4th bolt made a huge difference!!!
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We picked up our spanking new 23' Flying Cloud last October and no sooner got it home than found a puddle on the floor below the AC. Looked up to see rain water dripping out the AC vents. Took it back to dealer who re-caulked around the AC and thought that fixed it. Last week we drove thru a major rain storm and found the interior soaked again, dripping thru the AC. Anyone had this depressing deluge?
Me..I just took mine to Jackson Center to correct the problem. I have always had problems with this, too.
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Thanks HCR & Bramer. The fact that yours, Bramer, is also a 2010 really has me concerned. We're getting the Silver Spud out of storage next week and heading to Utah for three weeks. I'm not brimming with confidence that it won't leak again if/when we get into any rain. Guess I can just always hope for sunny weather wherever we go. Except we live in the Pacific Northwet most of the year. :-)
Mine is a 2010, too.
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