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Posted: 02/08/20 06:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I took an hour out of my morning to replace my rooftop AC unit on my 5th wheel. Folks....do not pay someone to do this. It is VERY simple to do, even for the faint of heart. Just a few screws and long bolts. The only hard part is deciding where to put the ladder, to use as a "long ramp" to pull the new unit up on the roof. You'll need help for about 5 minutes, to load and unload the units from the rooftop. Note: There is a temperature thing that clamps onto the coil.....do not be afraid to pull it off. The rest is pretty elementary. Save yourself hours of frustration and hundreds of dollars by not going to an RV repair shop.

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Sounds like you had a easy time doing that and saved several $ over having someone else do it.


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Good job! Getting the new unit up to the roof is the hard part.


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How much does the average AC unit weigh? Just curious--my TT doesn't have AC.


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webwrangler wrote:

How much does the average AC unit weigh? Just curious--my TT doesn't have AC.


About 100#. I would think the hardest part of replacement would be geting that pig up there!


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Thanks for the encouragement!


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webwrangler wrote:

How much does the average AC unit weigh? Just curious--my TT doesn't have AC.


70#.....A rope, a guy on top pulling, and a guy on the bottom, pushing it up an extension ladder.

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I replaced mine while boondocking in northern Florida. I left it in it’s shipping box, backed the truck up to the front of the FW, made a ramp with two 2x4s from the truck bed and pulled it onto the roof. Tie the rope securely so there is no way it can slip off. Return the 2x4s to HD.

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Posted: 02/09/20 05:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sounds like it worked great for those folks that are physically fit or young enough to do that type work.
Others have to pay for those type of services.

Anywayz glad it worked for you.


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Thanks for the post. That also tells me that the gasket replacement would be easy!
Brian

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