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Old 09-04-2013, 05:23 PM   #1
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2013 FMCA Rally Storm Damage

For those of you that were at the 2013 FMCA Rally in Gillette last June during the hail storm... I found that the fins on my A/C coils on the roof had been damaged by the hail. The back of my rig was facing into the wind and it appears that the force of the hail was enough to flatten the fins that were exposed to the openings in the covers. They looked like someone had put their finger in each opening and mashed the fins.

I was having problems with the A/C units not working as good as they should on the way home from the event. It was really hot (117-121) on our last leg and I was running the house A/C to keep it cool. I have been talking to the manufacture of the A/C units and they suggested inspecting the units for being dirty. I finally had a chance to get on the roof and check things out last weekend and that's when I discovered the fins. It took me awhile to straighten them out but it's all good now.

So if you were there you should check your A/C units for damage.

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Old 09-04-2013, 08:58 PM   #2
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Thank you for the hint, most auto parts stores sell AC condenser/radiator rakes to straighten the fins and they are not expensive yet do a good job of straightening and respacing them.

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Old 09-04-2013, 09:13 PM   #3
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We were at the Rally. The wind and hail was so strong that I pulled my slide in so the toppers wouldn't get damaged (I had just had them replaced the day before). I have basement AC and the coils are "protected" when the slide is open on that side. The fins on the coils are now completely flat and the paint is all gone from the hail damage. Glad to know about the "rake".

As a side note, in my opinion the parking was very poorly handled. The storm resulted in many, many stuck MH's. I for one will never go to a Rally in Gillette again.
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:51 PM   #4
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Yep, I need to straighten all 3 of my ACs.

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