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Tom Cooper

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Posted: 09/14/19 06:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The problem is not rare, so it will be easily solved by you at any RV repair center or some private service stations

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Posted: 09/20/19 06:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Went to a RV dealer today who has a parts shop and the guy had at least 20 used ones that I saw and also new ones. I did not have a model number on the a/c unit, my helper did not find one; I will have to climb up myself and see if I can find one. The RV guy said it might have been on a plate which has fallen off, seeing as how the trailer is 40 years old. He said only way he could match it was to see the old one. All I had was the biggest piece left after it shattered and he thinks it's an old Dometic. The only shroud he had that they thought might have a chance to work was $200. And it has a rounded front and mine seems like it might be more square. So, I don't even know if it would work, period. But spending $200 on this for this old trailer seems a stretch. I'd rather just make a shroud out of something. The RV guy said the a/c wouldn't work too well if you don't have a shroud, I guess meaning it won't draw air properly or something. My takeaway after the visit was an exact match might be impossible.

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Posted: 09/20/19 10:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You’re at the point of diminished returns. A 40 year old camp trailer is going to cost a significant % of its overall worth to replace any component.
What would you say bout tires? $400 for something that is still only worth $1000 after the investment. Fridge dies? New one is worth more than the camper.
The sheet metal thing “could work”. But it will be flimsy at highway speeds or high winds, need to make a frame. Venting will be an issue unless you have a tool to make louvers in the tin.
Honestly, your best bet is to find an old AC enclosure that is big enough. Not something that is easily fabricated in your backyard.


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Posted: 09/20/19 11:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think you are on the right track with a piece of sheetmetal and some tin snips.

I'd think as long as you have a cover over the top, and shroud in the fan so it pushes air through the condenser you'll be good to go. A simple rectangle piece with two bends in it seems like it'd work to me.


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