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Old 05-29-2017, 02:59 AM   #1
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So yesterday was the first time I ever ran my AC for a long period of time (several hours) and I noticed a couple drops of water coming in from somewhere near the back window. Didn't have time to figure out where the water was coming in from.

Made me wonder though, do you guys have a condensation hose coming off your AC unit? Of does it just drip on the topper and run off the back?

I have a 1997 Dodge 3500 PW.

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Old 05-29-2017, 03:56 AM   #2
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on my 06 PW lexor Td the condensate just drips off the back...save and bottle it- you can use to top off the battery!

in fact you want to make sure you are never parked nose down or the condensate can puddle and find it's way past a seal onto your bed



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Is "momentary" leakage from an AC kind of normal? We just had a leak from the AC in our 6 week old Ram van Travato, and I wasn't sure if I should panic and get 4 more pounds of goop poured on top.

After several days of rain, not parked level, and a quick trip to the gas station we found water on the beds obviously from both sides of the AC unit up above. It could well have leaked just while driving. Looking on top, there appear to be all sorts of places water could pond, and a fast stop or turn might slurp it in. We had a previous monsoon period with no leaks.

Is the answer to figure out how to park to avoid this, or is this kind of leak necessarily a bigger problem?

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As a RV owner I have seen this problem. The problem comes from the inside panel has loosened up from traveling. Under the inside unit are 4 bolts that hold the top portion down tight to the gasket. When they get loose, you loose the gasket seal that prevents water from coming into the inside. You can see the bolts when you remove the filter for cleaning. Tighten the bolts and this should reseal the top portion. If this does not work, the seal needs to be replaced.

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Is "momentary" leakage from an AC kind of normal? We just had a leak from the AC in our 6 week old Ram van Travato,
my nose up parking mentioned above- is advised in my pleasure-way manual.

a few years ago we were in very severe weather- we could see tornados- and had water coming in thru my vent and or/antenna...once we got off the highway i found a spot where I could nose up and all the water ran off be fore it could pool or leak or get blown sideways

my B has a fiberglass top with just a few penetrations, these are sealed with stuff from a caulking gun, the rest of the roof is just washed and also waxed a couple of times a year

if you have a 6 week old van, I think you have a warranty concern


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Thanks mkguitar. The Travato has many penetrations and a corrugated metal roof, too. I think trying to get the water to run off would be like one playing of those old rolling ball bearing puzzles.
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In my reply you can see my avatar of my Trend. It has a flat fiberglass roof with lots of attachments thru the roof. Around the outside of the roof is a ridge of caulk that holds the water and helps cool the roof from the sun. I would take it back to the dealer for warranty work for the leaks. Winnebago has a lot of quality control issues and even a dealership here has returned models to them because of so many defects that they did not want to spend time trying to correct there problems.

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