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Old 05-03-2017, 03:43 PM   #181
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The Battery that came out of it was an Everstart Maxx 29.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/EverStart...ttery/20531539

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Old 05-03-2017, 05:28 PM   #182
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Is that old battery really dead? Is it really most sincerely dead?
Have you tried putting it on a manual charger at 10 amps for 24 hours or so?
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Old 05-03-2017, 05:44 PM   #183
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Is that old battery really dead? Is it really most sincerely dead?
Have you tried putting it on a manual charger at 10 amps for 24 hours or so?
Yes, Eddie....it is most sincerely dead. At least I hope so. I took it to the scrap yard on my last trip there.

It was in the camper when I bought it. The camper had been sitting outdoors for at least 6 years since the widow's husband died, and who knows how long before that. Even through new England winters.

The little date-of-purchase punch-out label on the battery wasn't punched out....go figure...

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That is determination! Bravo!
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Old 05-04-2017, 03:51 PM   #185
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That is determination! Bravo!
...or insanity...

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Old 05-06-2017, 10:50 AM   #186
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Quick question about AC unit...

Today I was looking inside the AC unit. I noticed that there was crumpled up newspaper stuffed up in there...







There's even a flap from a UPS delivered box taped to the opening sidewall...



Do you think that this was done at the factory?? If so, why...to quiet down a vibration, or something?

I was going to take the paper out, but if it should be in there, I'll replace it with something better....maybe big pieces of rolled up bubble wrap??

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Old 05-06-2017, 10:58 AM   #187
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I just answered my own question. I went back out there and took the newspaper out. It was from 2002 (camper is 1999) and it was a local paper from our town.

Bad news is, is that some of it was mouse-chewed. I've seen some evidence of new mouse poop, lately, so I set up 3 new mouse traps in there today.

THWAP!!




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Was the newspaper plugging up a gap perhaps? Previous owner trying to prevent air leakage on the cheap?
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The camper looks great with the new metal on it. It looks like you sealed it up so well that now its submersible ! Jay
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Was the newspaper plugging up a gap perhaps? Previous owner trying to prevent air leakage on the cheap?
I'm not sure. There is a gap/void in the design of the AC unit. I'm going to leave the paper out of there, and see what happens.

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The camper looks great with the new metal on it. It looks like you sealed it up so well that now its submersible ! Jay
Good thing, too! We've had nothing but rain for the last 3 days, and 2" just yesterday!

The sun just came out......

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Today I was looking inside the AC unit. I noticed that there was crumpled up newspaper stuffed up in there...







There's even a flap from a UPS delivered box taped to the opening sidewall...



Do you think that this was done at the factory?? If so, why...to quiet down a vibration, or something?

I was going to take the paper out, but if it should be in there, I'll replace it with something better....maybe big pieces of rolled up bubble wrap??

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Maybe the previous owners were doing some cool/cold weather camping and there was a draft coming through the A/C. So, they plugged it up?
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Maybe the previous owners were doing some cool/cold weather camping and there was a draft coming through the A/C. So, they plugged it up?
I guess that could be the reason.

Do drafts typically enter into the RV, through the AC unit when it's turned off?

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I guess that could be the reason.

Do drafts typically enter into the RV, through the AC unit when it's turned off?

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No
, but they might have been blocking off a vent where they didn't want flow to make it cooler somewhere else.
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No
, but they might have been blocking off a vent where they didn't want flow to make it cooler somewhere else.

Maybe but, on pre-ducted AC, all the air is exchanged right there in the AC unit so, there must be a reason they did that?
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Old 05-07-2017, 06:22 PM   #195
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Maybe but, on pre-ducted AC, all the air is exchanged right there in the AC unit so, there must be a reason they did that?
Eddie was on the right track...and...what rracer5 said is true, also.

I looked into it deeper today. There are 2 areas that were blocked off with cardboard taped over gaping openings.

The openings go into the "attic space" between the roof and the ceiling.

That is also why the newspaper was jammed in there...to block off another opening.

Basically, if the openings were not blocked off, the cold air would go into that "attic area", with just a portion of it coming out of the AC's cover.

Here are some pics...

This is one of the "covers" (Redneck Trailer Supplies...)...



Here's the void behind it...



Here's another "cover"...



Here's the void behind it...



The void shown here is in a little deeper. That is where the newspaper was. I guess the PO couldn't get a cardboard cover in that spot.



This is a shot looking up toward the roof. The fins have insulation and other debris stuck on them. I will bring in a shop vac and vacuum that clean, eventually.



This shot shows the small duct that the cool air travels down before it exits the vents in the cover...



This is the squirrel cage fan that blows the cool air, (looking up into that small duct)...



That metal tape that you see, forms part of the duct. Mine happens to be torn and wrinkled, so that will have to be fixed, too.

It amazes me what you discover when you tear into things! These things are really built like crap....

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Got a little more done today...

Got ready to install the rear window. I replaced the torn screen that was in there, a while ago.

Applying butyl tape to the window flange...





It oozed out real nice...



Last weekend, I primed the floor (with stain blocker), where the refrigerator goes...



So, today I painted it, mostly to waterproof it a little...



Also installed the flange / door on the refrigerator access opening...





Installed the corner moulding vinyl inserts...





All-in-all, a good day...(these pics were taken before the vinyl strips were installed)...





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Eddie was on the right track...and...what rracer5 said is true, also.

I looked into it deeper today. There are 2 areas that were blocked off with cardboard taped over gaping openings.

The openings go into the "attic space" between the roof and the ceiling.

That is also why the newspaper was jammed in there...to block off another opening.

Basically, if the openings were not blocked off, the cold air would go into that "attic area", with just a portion of it coming out of the AC's cover.


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What is commonly done (but don't know if it was done on your trailer) is to cut "Ducts" into the Styrofoam in the roof or attic area. If your roof area doesn't have Styrofoam with ducts cut into it, ductwork may be fashioned somehow in the roof area. These 'ducts' in the roof will lead to a vent in the ceiling somewhere else in the camper. Do you have any ceiling ducts that could have, at one time, been hooked up to the 'duct work'?
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Rich:

Here's the manual for your AC unit. Hope it helps.

I did a quick run through it, and one of the pics makes it look like the opening in the ceiling was supposed to have been boxed in, but it isn't. Also, item #4 at the bottom of page 5 says:

The opening created must be framed to provide
adequate support and prevent air from being drawn
from the roof cavity.
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Great work on this. Your trade skills are many. I will get in with the others to watch and applaud your progress.
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