Need to replace A/C

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Repairs & Maintenance' started by Ro Sank, Aug 23, 2017.

  1. Ro Sank

    Ro Sank New Member

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    Hi,
    I recently bought a 2007 Rockwood Freedom 1640ltd. The camper is in good shape and everything works, except the rooftop A/C trips the breaker when switched on (the fan settings in the A/C work fine). After some troubleshooting as per instructions in this and other forums, i figured out the compressor is grounded. So, I need to switch out the A/C with a new one.

    Any recommendations? I was looking at the Dometic Duo Therm Brisk 2 and the Coleman 13.5K rooftop. Both are around $500 +shipping and both have a 2 year warranty. The Dometic is lighter (72lbs as opposed to 108lbs), so that is a plus.
    Let me know if there are any other options.
    Thanks.

    G
     
  2. JPBar

    JPBar Well-Known Member

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    What brand do you currently have? Don't think the bottom half of A/C (inside part) units are compatible with different brands. Not sure but I would not think so.
     
  3. Ro Sank

    Ro Sank New Member

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    i currently have a Coleman, but it is pretty old. Planning on replacing both outside and inside unit. There are add on heating elements available as well, for $50 more. Are those worth it? I don't have a furnace in the camper, so will be nice if we use it in the winter.

    G
     
  4. JPBar

    JPBar Well-Known Member

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    I have the heat strip also but never have used it, but I have used the furnace and heated mattresses if its get that cold. I try not go camping if it going gets that cold.
     
  5. Ismael Jenkins

    Ismael Jenkins New Member

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    I am also having the same problem.
     
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  6. Ro Sank

    Ro Sank New Member

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    I ended up replacing the A/C. I got a Dometic 13.5K unit, along with the roof control panel and the optional heater. The replacement was not difficult, but took about 3 hours. New unit is much smaller than the old Coleman and seems pretty efficient. Too warm to try the heater, but it seemed to be heating up when switched on. Looking forward to testing out the new unit next month on a quick weekend trip.
     
  7. JPBar

    JPBar Well-Known Member

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    Good to hear you got it replaced with out any issues, Happy Camping.
     
  8. Ismael Jenkins

    Ismael Jenkins New Member

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    When my brother faced the same kind of problem, on his friend's suggestion he has hired heating company Essex County NJ team to get his AC replaced with a new one. He hired them because he does not want to take the risk of the damage while installing the new AC in home. If you want , you can also go with the same option and can contact the professional anytime. Good luck.
     
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  9. crackerJack

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    I swapped my unit last year. I upsized to a coleman 15,000 btu. The installation was easy.
    I'm very happy with the new unit. It was able to keep up with the FL sun this year. No more condensation dripping inside. The heat strip is great for mild nights. During cold nights I use it to push the hot rising air from my furnace, into the bunk ends at night.
    The only negative, is the old coleman indoor grill had plenty of fin adjustments. The new style does not have as much versatility.
     
  10. tfischer

    tfischer Well-Known Member

    This plumbing and heating company will do A/C work on a pop-up camper?

    Or is this spam?
     
  11. Ro Sank

    Ro Sank New Member

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    I Think that was a spam post!! :)
    Anyway, happy to report that the dometic A/C unit is working well. we did a weekend trip and it was around 90 degrees during the day. Inside stayed nice and cool and the kids and the dog kept indoors when we were at the campsite, so the wife and i got to enjoy the outdoors! :)
    The only complaint is that the fan is loud, even at low speed. But it was nice and COOOOLD at night, so slept really well!!
     
  12. JPBar

    JPBar Well-Known Member

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    Fan drowns out the snoring!
     

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