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Old 04-08-2008, 03:17 AM   #1
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AC condensation drain tube

From the airstream.com FAQ:

Q: What about the water condensate air-conditioners produce. Where does it go?
A: The air-conditioner needs to be installed in a contoured pan, specific to the brand of air-conditioner available from Airstream dealers only. This pan is connected to a drain hose that goes down between the inner and outer skin and exits the floor and belly pan. This drain was preinstalled on 1967 and later models, and has to be retrofited on older trailers. This pan also adapts the AC to the rounded top of the Airstream.

I have two questions:

Have other 68 TW owners found that it is possible to connect a drain tube to the condensation pan on a Dometic Brisk Air roof unit?

Is the factory installed drain tube visible from the outside of the trailer?

I can't see the tube exiting on the street side. Could it be routed into the gray water drain system? Does it exit in the wheel well? I'll have the wheels off and will check this week.

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Old 04-08-2008, 05:56 AM   #2
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On my 1977 and 1979 Argosy, the drain tube is near the edge of the body and is in front of the wheels. This location might be different on other models.
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From 66 to 68 there are similarities with the Airstreams. The drain tube on mine comes down through the ceiling, over to the closet and down through the belly pan. It is concealed by trim inside the coach.

Hope this helps!
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I was going to have a Brisk Air put in my unit because it had a heat pump and at the time the Penguin heat pump could not be purchased through Camping World. The Brisk Air did not use the drain pan, so I had to settle for a penguin without the heat pump. This was 2 years ago and things may have changed.
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Old 04-08-2008, 11:07 AM   #5
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Thanks, Silverhobby, Centennialma, and Tarheel.

Rather than hunt for the wiring in its mysterious location in the ceiling, is it advisable to pull the centerline trim off, drill out rivets in the interior skin and get a visual location of the wiring and possibly the drain tube? I don't see anything anywhere to indicate the tube is there. There is an unconnected 110V wiring set that I think is waiting to be connected to an air conditioner, so I do think it is worth searching for.

I had not intended to completely gut the TW, but to approach my remodeling one area at a time, starting with the bathroom. More about that in another post. We want to try to actually use the TW and work on it between fun trips out and about. I started this last summer and it's a fun compromise.

I listen to the VAP and sometimes envy those who can garage the AS year-round and work on it start to finish to perfection. That's not my life.

Again, thanks for the tips.

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From the airstream.com FAQ:

Q: What about the water condensate air-conditioners produce. Where does it go?
A: The air-conditioner needs to be installed in a contoured pan, specific to the brand of air-conditioner available from Airstream dealers only. This pan is connected to a drain hose that goes down between the inner and outer skin and exits the floor and belly pan. This drain was preinstalled on 1967 and later models, and has to be retrofited on older trailers. This pan also adapts the AC to the rounded top of the Airstream.

I have two questions:

Have other 68 TW owners found that it is possible to connect a drain tube to the condensation pan on a Dometic Brisk Air roof unit?

Is the factory installed drain tube visible from the outside of the trailer?

I can't see the tube exiting on the street side. Could it be routed into the gray water drain system? Does it exit in the wheel well? I'll have the wheels off and will check this week.

Thanks,

Anne
Our 65 Caravel was prep electrical for air but no drip tube, we bought the drip pan from a Airstream dealer and ran our drip tube (a hose right from camping world worked perfect) The pictures show how we did it, you can't see it when the cabinet doors are open or closed, hope this helps.
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Toastie,
Thanks for your post and the great photos!
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Where to buy a condensate pan for BriskAir Dometic?

Does anyone know where to buy an air conditioner condensate pan for a BriskAir by Dometic, for 1968 Trade Wind?

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Toastie,

What size drain line did you install?

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Does anyone know where to buy an air conditioner condensate pan for a BriskAir by Dometic, for 1968 Trade Wind?

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I bought my drip pan from a Airstream dealer, and at the time it only worked with the Pengun model, give your local Airstream dealer a call..........
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Toastie,

What size drain line did you install?

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5/8 dia. water hose from Camping World

Never-Kink Hose, 25' x 5/8" - Camping World

I attached a pic showing it attached to the Airstream drip pan, runs over to the cabinet to the back closet than down to the outside.

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Hi Toastie, we are embarking on adding A/C to our 66 Caravel this year. Do you have more pictures and advice that we can leverage from? What size A/C unit did you go with, where you routed your drain hose is great, did you drill through the wood on the side of the cabinets, etc.

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