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Old 04-13-2019, 05:02 PM   #1
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Recently I have read on other Forums about people getting rain in through the air conditioning vents on the rear of the RT 170-210's. Some said they were setting level, others nose down. I was wondering, if you were to put Snap On's and a Vinyl Cover over it if that would be practical in eliminating the rain. Back in '05, I run into a Candian RT190 (Dodge) Owner, he had cut a piece of pvc lengthwise and affixed across the top...looked good but I always wondered the practicality of it. Any ideas, curiosity keeps me wondering. Ron
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That's also a relevant question for me. I recently acquired my mother's RT 190 and I noticed some staining of the ceiling fabric around the A/C. I knew she had it parked nose down all last winter in suburban Washington, DC, and there had been quite a bit of rain and snow. I made sure it was parked slightly nose up this winter at my house. We also had a very wet and snowy winter, and it stayed dry as a bone. I'm hoping that was it, but...

I have also wondered if perhaps A/C condensation drainage was blocked somehow, but I haven't run the A/C since I brought it to Arizona, and we won't really have enough humidity until July to get significant amounts of condensation during A/C operation. Hoping to open up the exterior cover and have a look soon.

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That's also a relevant question for me. I recently acquired my mother's RT 190 and I noticed some staining of the ceiling fabric around the A/C. I knew she had it parked nose down all last winter in suburban Washington, DC, and there had been quite a bit of rain and snow. I made sure it was parked slightly nose up this winter at my house. We also had a very wet and snowy winter, and it stayed dry as a bone. I'm hoping that was it, but...

I have also wondered if perhaps A/C condensation drainage was blocked somehow, but I haven't run the A/C since I brought it to Arizona, and we won't really have enough humidity until July to get significant amounts of condensation during A/C operation. Hoping to open up the exterior cover and have a look soon.

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Jon, I've been off traveling and away from the forum for a while. Were you able to resolve the electrical issues you inherited in your 190P?
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Jon, I've been off traveling and away from the forum for a while. Were you able to resolve the electrical issues you inherited in your 190P?
Itís in the shop now. Thanks for asking. Iíll update my previous post when I get some answers rather than take this thread on a tangent.
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This morning at 5 am I was woke up by dripping on my chest from the AC duct over the bed. We had heavy rain & strong winds at the campground. This never happened before & didn't last long. What should I do to make sure it doesn't happen again. I have a 2005 RT 190 Popular. AC was not running for hours before the leak & only running for about an hour that evening. Thanks, George
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I feel that the AC condensation and rain/wind/angle are BOTH a factor in the water intrusion. Mine too has very slight water stains on the material just under the AC. You have to look close to see but it is there. I was in Oregon during very heavy wind/rain and I found a little water one time had made its way in but very little. Parking with nose a little higher could well take care of the water getting in. Do that every single time and see if it clears up.
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Thanks for the suggestion but wouldn't that interfere with the refrigerator operation? Or are you suggesting a vey slight "nose up"?
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Yes, slightly nose up. I am not sure how high you could go before it impairs or damages (?) the fridge. Our RT is rarely on level ground even though we use plastic levelers. I have not noticed a change in the cooling of the fridge, apart from the erratic temperature behavior that absorption fridges have regardless of being level or not.

Some people are bothered by their heads being lower than their feet with the front raised. They want the opposite which maybe could lead to water issues. I have noticed a very small amount of water only a couple of times since I have had my RT since 2007. I know one time was during raging wind and rain in Oregon.
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On our 2006 Versatile the root cause was the TracVision satellite antenna mounting. We troubleshot this for several months, sealing the roof vent, making sure the A/C drains were clear, etc. When we sealed the mounts with 3M rubber electrical tape the leaking stopped. If I were to do it over again I'd use Eternabond or similar product.
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The rear A/C grill on a Roadtrek is not designed to be rain or water proof. The waterproof seal is in the sealed duct area behind the grill extending forward to the condenser coils. f you are getting water leaks it's not because of the grill - you have a hole somewhere inside. On my 94 RT the bottom pan rusted through under the Fedders AC unit for example. Tilting your whole vehicle up at the front can help the water run out the back (as it was designed to do) more easily but you still have a hole somewhere.

Note that a cover over the grill will keep the rain out but you need to figure our what to do on hot rainy days. Also, I think the condensate drain just free flows out the back so will likely go into any leak on its own.
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