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RE: Need a Dometic rooftop AC unit

OP here with an update. With the help of responses here (in a different post in the tech section), I was able to reconnect the burned connection and the AC is now back in action! No thanks to the two RV places who were involved, or to Dometic. Those three entities could have at least steered me in the right direction instead of telling me there was no alternative to a new $500-800 rooftop unit. Cost me $2 in parts from Home Depot!! Plus a bunch of time, of course, but that's what being retired is all about. Thanks to everyone for your input.
rfloyd99 03/04/20 07:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Replacing TT AC

OP here with an update. With the help of responses here, I was able to reconnect the burned connection and the AC is now back in action! No thanks to the two RV places who were involved, or to Dometic. Those three entities could have at least steered me in the right direction instead of telling me there was no alternative to a new $500-800 rooftop unit. Cost me $2 in parts from Home Depot!! Plus a bunch of time, of course, but that's what being retired is all about. Thanks to everyone for your input.
rfloyd99 03/04/20 07:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Replacing TT AC

Again, thanks to all for the information and advice. BTW, before this problem happened the AC cover had never been removed (in case anyone is wondering if a prior repair or something caused this). I'm heading over to the RV now to clean up the terminals and better assess what it looks like. I'll take pictures. I've printed the instructions for testing for continuity and will look at the wikihow links Don sent before testing. I only have the very cheapest multimeter (the one you get for free at Harbor Freight). I'll go get a better one before I test. So, to summarize: 1. test for continuity 2. if that's good, purchase the correct klixon and run capacitor 3. wire them in, insulate as needed and and secure them somehow (zip ties?) Did I get the above steps correct? Also, is there any chance the capacitor is holding any charge? the RV hasn't been connected to AC power in 4 months. Don, I'll PM you my contact info, we can definitely have some BBQ when you're in Dunedin!
rfloyd99 02/28/20 10:36am Tech Issues
RE: Replacing TT AC

Don, I am so appreciative of your knowledge and the time you've spent on this. I'll start looking tomorrow for someone to help me solve the problem. We escape the Florida heat for four months each year, spending most of the time out west at higher altitudes. But, we still need the AC for the handful of hot days we always have. I've got about three months to get this fixed and tried out before we leave. If you pass through Clearwater, the BBQ is on me. If anything more comes to mind re this issue, let me know. I hope others who may have this problem can find this thread. I'll post here once I get it fixed.
rfloyd99 02/27/20 07:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Replacing TT AC

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rfloyd99 02/27/20 02:17pm Tech Issues
RE: Replacing TT AC

DFord, the model # is B57915.71X. I have pictures, I can easily text or email them to you, if you PM me your info. I'm sure I can figure out how to post them, but not for an hour or so. It looks like there is plenty of room to hang a bypass as you suggest. One of the terminals looks pretty burned, but may be salvageable. I am in Clearwater, (St Pete/Tampa Bay area). Thanks to all for the suggestions!
rfloyd99 02/27/20 12:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Glacier National Park Info

Great information, everyone. Please continue! We are definitely going, planning to arrive there 8/14, for about a week. Will no doubt benefit from this information. Any tips on places to not miss? Hikes, views, etc. Our limit on hikes is about two miles, unfortunately. Lived in Colorado for 30 years, so am familiar with mountain hiking, just getting old... We will be traveling to Glacier from Yellowstone, and have a week to spend on the way. Anyone have favorite places to see/stay in western MT? Thanks again!
rfloyd99 02/27/20 10:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Replacing TT AC

Matt, thanks for the suggestion, I plan to look into that. I talked to one place that was a Dometic warranty station. The person was nice, but said they couldn't even look at it for a quick diagnosis for three weeks. He was very helpful and took time to answer several questions. He said it sounded like one of the two capacitors failed. One is a replaceable part, the other is not. He predicted only a 30% chance that it was the replaceable one. I took it to a large RV dealership service department, the tech went right to the problem and said it wasn't a replaceable part. There are two similar looking electrical components at the top of the compressor (easily accessible). On one of them there was a short, I guess, that burned the wire off of its terminal. The two components were covered by a heavy plastic cap to shield/insulate them, so I don't see how there could have been a short, or anything else that caused the little fire that melted the wire. It looks like the terminal is damaged, but maybe somehow the wire could be reattached. But I don't know what the underlying cause was, so perhaps more is needed than just reattaching the wire. I have photos of this, if anyone would like to see them. Thanks for your response, I really can't afford the cost of replacement, but have to fix this before our trip this Summer.
rfloyd99 02/26/20 04:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Replacing TT AC

ScottG, after owning the trailer (bought new) 3.5 years with only moderate AC use, a capacitor failed. Dometic's genius designers made this a non-replaceable part, so the entire unit must be replaced. We were sitting in an RV park with the AC running on day two of a long trip, when I smelled that "electrical fire" smell. The fan continued to work, but no cold air. As far as I know, there was no cause other than poor design, or poor workmanship at the factory. I use a surge protector, so I doubt there was a problem with the power. I sent a long email to Dometic, hoping they would offer something toward repair since this was a no-moving-part item that shouldn't have failed with so little age or use. Of course, their response was basically "too bad".
rfloyd99 02/26/20 03:27pm Tech Issues
Need a Dometic rooftop AC unit

I have to replace the rooftop part of my AC. I'll be doing the work myself, but am looking for ideas on where to buy the unit. Is used/reconditioned an option? This is a real financial burden, but I've got to have an AC before I take off this Summer. Any ideas or advice greatly appreciated!
rfloyd99 02/26/20 02:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Replacing TT AC

OP here. Before posting I did a search but didn't try too hard. After posting I searched better and found a recent post on this issue which answered most questions. But, anyone have ideas on best place to buy this expensive item? Is there a place that sells used or reconditioned ones?
rfloyd99 02/26/20 02:25pm Tech Issues
Replacing TT AC

I have to replace the rooftop part of my four year old Dometic AC. It went out last Summer and I'm just now getting around to it. Back then I did some research and it seemed there were several places to buy one, at around $475-500. I plan to do the work myself. I'm pretty handy, but not a pro. An RV tech told me it was a fairly simple job. Anybody have experience with this? Advice on where to buy, is used an option, installation tips, etc. would be greatly appreciated.
rfloyd99 02/26/20 02:04pm Tech Issues
Glacier National Park Info

We are planning to visit there in a 27' TT in mid August for a week. I am aware that Yellowstone is a zoo all Summer, but is Glacier really busy also? Will it be hard to find a campsite or an RV park? We enjoy park/forest service CG's, with or without hookups for 3-4 days, then an RV park for the next 3-4 days with HU's. Any info or suggestions will be greatly appreciated! I'm planning the trip now, and can try to make reservations in the next few days. Thanks!
rfloyd99 02/26/20 01:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Urgent Need of Advice re Winterizing!

I am stranded in Colorado high country and am facing four cold nights of 10-25 degree weather. I have read about what to do to winterize and this afternoon I will be draining/blowing out the fresh water system. I have a 2016 Jayco TT. I have three issues I'm not sure about and would appreciate some help. 1. Should I do anything to the fresh water pump? 2. Ideas on how to be sure the toilet (the standard plastic Dometic) is drained/blown out well. 3. My tow truck is disabled so I can't tow to a dump station. I am parked on my daughter's ranch, and could dump the small (3-5 gal) amount of gray water and the same small amount of black water (pee and flush water only) on the ground if necessary to avoid an expensive repair. I really would prefer not to dump them unless really necessary. I am thinking that if the almost empty waste tanks freeze, there isn't anything to be damaged in the tanks, but I don't really know the anatomy of these systems. I could dump in a few gallons of windshield washer fluid - any of you know anything about that idea? I will be running a small electric heater inside the unit which should help keep the temp inside above freezing, and the TT will be parked inside a barn out of the wind. Of course, the plumbing is against the exterior walls, and the tanks are underneath and mine is not one of those 'Arctic-ready' units. I've got to get all this done over the next few hours, so let me hear from you about these specific issues, as wll as any other ideas on my predicament! BTW, the weather turns warm again in a few days, the truck gets fixed, and we are headed back to Florida, so don't need long-term winter advice. Thanks!!
rfloyd99 10/09/19 03:51pm Tech Issues
RE: South Dakota Advice

OP again. Thanks for the heads up re Deadwood. I lived in Colorado for 30 years and saw what the politicians and gambling interests did to three interesting, historic and beautiful mountain towns. I think we'll skip D'wood and drive the 75 miles to Devil's Tower instead.
rfloyd99 09/16/19 05:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: South Dakota Advice

OP here. Thanks for the responses, keep them coming! We've researched the sights in the area, and have read about the "usual suspects". Any off-the-beaten-path ideas?
rfloyd99 09/16/19 08:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Which campground at Custer State Park?

There are campsites available in all eight of the CGs during the time we'll be there - any opinions on which ones are best, or worst? We like to have shade when possible. Thanks!
rfloyd99 09/16/19 07:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
South Dakota Advice

We're traveling (27' TT) across S Dakota from the East, and our tentative plan is to spend three nights (beginning 9/18) in Badlands NP, then 3-4 nights in the Deadwood area, then 4-5 nights at Custer SP before heading for Denver. We've never been to this area and would love to get advice on places to camp and sights to see. Like everyone else, we enjoy camping in beautiful places, especially Nat'l and State parks, but we're flexible and stay in commercial parks when they're the best option. We've made no reservations so far, having flown by the seat of our pants for the last couple of weeks. I'm assuming space availability won't be a big problem this late in the season, but let me know if I'm wrong. ALL advice is welcome, and thanks in advance.
rfloyd99 09/15/19 04:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Parks in Montreal and Quebec City

OP again. Our trip takes us from Algonquin Park to Ottawa, then to Montreal, then Quebec City, then south to Maine. We have flexibility on dates, and don't mind driving out of the way to see or stay in scenic places. Any suggestions along this general route? Especially welcome scenic secondary roads over freeways when there's something to see.
rfloyd99 07/22/19 05:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Parks in Montreal and Quebec City

OP here. I didn't mean we didn't WANT AC, but that we don't HAVE AC! The **** thing broke on day 2 of a four month trip, and we were already booked out a couple of weeks and couldn't hang around in the US to have a new unit shipped to us. Have decided to wait til returning to US to get it fixed, seems it will be much less expensive. So we have been suffering, but looks like we will have to do so for another couple of weeks. Of course, we don't mind staying at places that have amenities, just wanted those responding to know they just weren't something we needed. Thanks for the suggestions, hopefully there will be a few more.
rfloyd99 07/22/19 04:27pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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