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Old 03-21-2009, 10:26 PM   #1
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Exclamation A/C cover (shroud) blown off

Two weeks ago a friend pointed out that we were missing the A/C cover (shroud) for the front unit. We ordered a replacement and when our son went to install it he said that the screws were still there but that the cover had torn off. He checked the back one and two of its screws were also beginning to tear the cover. We reinforced them all (and added 2 new ones to each cover) with washers. Every once in a while we'd noticed a strange sound coming from the roof but could never pinpoint what was causing it. Now we assume that at those times the wind must have been catching and vibrating the cover. This is something that can easily be overlooked when checking things on the roof.
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Old 03-21-2009, 10:50 PM   #2
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A trucker pulled up along side us a few years ago and pointed to the roof of our 2003 Alpine. I got off the Interstate and noticed the AC cover was ready to come off. Luckily, I was able to remove it and later replace it before it blew off and hurt someone. I too used washers since the cover cracked around the screw holes. I'd suggest checking the cover regularly.

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Old 03-22-2009, 06:49 AM   #3
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I've had Dometic air conditioners for 12 years. My first rig had a Dometic and the cover cracked at the screw holes, so I started using 1" washers under the screws. Seems to have worked all this time, through 3 rigs.

Another lame Dometic product......
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Old 03-22-2009, 03:53 PM   #4
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Large washers (fender washers) help but I used a strip of 1" or 2" x 1/8" aluminum connecting the front bolts to spread the load even more.
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:09 PM   #5
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When I found cracks on mine, I reinforced the underside near the screw holes with more fiberglass. Now it seems I'll be adding washers, per above. (I'm such a lemming.)
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