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Happy Anniversary to My Sweetie . . .

No, not the Big One. That one’s the end of September and it will be 50 years this year.




This one, on July 5th, is the anniversary of the day Jan and I first met in Titusville, FL. And we’ve been together pretty much every since.

Happy Anniversary, Sweetie!

Finally after a little over 2 years, we got to see Nick and Terry again. They’re on their way from Florida to Show Low, AZ because his daughter is in the hospital after a recent heart attack. They stayed in Breaux Bridge, LA last night, and coming through Houston/Columbus this afternoon, made time to stop and have lunch with us at Schobel’s here in Columbus.

Nick and Terry at Schobel's




Nick called about 12:15 and said they there about 45 miles away, so Jan and I went on into Columbus to wait for them.

Really good to see them again after all this time. Just unfortunate that it was under these circumstances. And hopefully it won’t be two years until the next time.

Along with my working on the front AC’s on-the-road cooling problem, I’ve also been thinking about doing something with the rear AC unit.

It’s original to the rig, and I think it’s probably a little low on Freon. I’m not getting the cooling drop I would expect, and the coil freezes up pretty easy. So I’ve been thinking about replacing it with a new one. But I’ve run into a problem.

Our rig has a central duct running along the peak of the coach roof from the front to the rear with 11 vents distributing the cool air.



Rig Ducts

The 8” x 3” duct cross-connects both AC’s so that they reinforce each other, and also allow one AC to at least partially cool down the coach in case the other unit dies. But the problem is that I can’t seem to find a replacement unit that will connect into the duct system like the present one does. Every one I’ve found now just opens into the coach right below it, or at least out the front and back of the dropdown panel like our Coleman Mach XV that I installed a couple of years ago.

So if I can’t find a new one, I may have to pull the unit off the roof, temporarily cover up the hole, and take it to an AC repair place to add some Freon and give it a thorough cleaning.

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I’ll keep checking things out.



Thought for the Day:
 

Woman begins by resisting a man’s advances and ends by blocking his retreat. – Oscar Wilde

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5 Responses to Happy Anniversary to My Sweetie . . .

  1. Nancy W. Lee says:

    I’m glad you had a chance to have lunch with Nick and Terry. I know that with them traveling under such troubling circumstances that they were glad to see such good friends.  And, if anyone can solve your air conditioner problems, it will be you!

  2. Doug says:

    I don’t believe that the old freon is available anymore. That’s the problem with a/c now days. You can’t add new freon to old units.

  3. Linda Sand says:

    Icing and low freon indicates there’s a leak somewhere. Fixing that should take care of everything.

    • gregwhite says:

      Linda,

      No AC system is 100% leak free, and over 18 years it is not unusual at all to gradually lose a little Freon. These kind of long-term leaks are so small that no leak sensor will find anything.

      And of course these units are completely sealed, so a saddle tap will have to be installed to check/add Freon.

      Greg

  4. Boots Gibson says:

    I’m glad you got a chance to see Nick and Terry and I’m sure they appreciated the chance to be distracted from their concerns for a while as well.

    My A/C is/was ducted  as well and when I tried to get more frion added I was told no one does that any more so I had to replace the front A/C with a non-ducted unit that doesn’t do a very good job keeping the front cool like the old ducted unit did.  Sigh…this is progress?

     

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