Well Memorial Day weekend was interesting. We were tooling along I-77 in NC heard a thump, thump, thump, crash. I looked in the rear view and what did I see, our AC shroud going south (we were of course headed north)
. As luck would have it that night we had a thunderstorm and guess what, the water falls in NC are not all beautiful
, we had a bucket in the middle of the living room until I could get a tarp tied down over the roof.
It seems when I had the AC serviced a couple of weeks ago the tech found 3 screws (Dometic had 4) holding the shroud on the front AC and apparently only put 2 back when he finished (or at least that is all that remained when I finally got up on the roof to look at the damage). It took a cross wind and about 6 seconds and off she went, luckily there was no one behind us (and it flew over the toad). I have since replaced the shroud and now have a total of 8 sheet metal screws (#8 x 1/2") with washers holding that sucker down (I also have an additional annual checklist item
I believe those shrouds suffer from UV exposure in addition to tech inepitude) and become less resilient with age (don't we all). If you have a chance get up there and check yours (and maybe add a few extra hold down bolts, just in case) or you might also be seeing UFO's