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Old 08-06-2013, 01:56 PM   #1
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AC Dripping down the side

Hey everybody!

How does your AC drain on your motorhome? We have found ours is draining down the side over a window. Should we be concerned at all?

Is there a way to funnel the draining condensation so it's not going down the side of the rig? We haven't been in a rainstorm yet, so this may be a stupid newbie question. Just thinking it could stain the finish or worse.

We have a 2012 34KD Thor Daybreak.
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:00 PM   #2
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Roof AC units generally drain onto the roof and the water ends up in the gutters. I have THESE gutter extensions installed on mine to direct the water away from the side. Simple solution to the problem.
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:03 PM   #3
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Some have catch cups/drains with internal hoses that drip underneath the coach. Other manufactures forgo the drip cups and just let the condensation drip onto the top of the coach, which inturn, runs down the sides. Depending on the type of A/C units you have, the drain cups are usually visible on the outside/underside of the units.
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Just like Ramblin, our external A/C condensation rolls off the roof to the gutters.

For us that is still a problem, because the gutters are open ended above the front drivers and passenger side windows - making a mess, dirt staining the gelcoat, and over the long term possibly getting water onto the window frame.

We use the Camco gutter extensions too, trying to fix the issue. But it's not a perfect fix.

Maybe add gutter? Without gutters, I would try to redirect the run-off away from the windows. Maybe you can add a bead or line of the proper roof sealer from a calking gun applicator to take the water where you want it to go(?).

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We have no drains or gutters. Once the Rv is level and slide out. I see where the water drains , and adjust my jacks slightly so they drain where I want it to go.
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Hey everybody!

How does your AC drain on your motorhome? We have found ours is draining down the side over a window. Should we be concerned at all?

Is there a way to funnel the draining condensation so it's not going down the side of the rig? We haven't been in a rainstorm yet, so this may be a stupid newbie question. Just thinking it could stain the finish or worse.

We have a 2012 34KD Thor Daybreak.

As mentioned, the A/C typically drains onto the roof where it runs downhill. Depending on whether you have gutters or not and the slope of your site, that usually means it runs down the side somewhere.
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Here is a gutter product that may help direct the water away from your widows.

Essential Products RV & Marine - EZE RV Gutters
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There is a drain kit available from Dometic that allows the condensate to flow through a hose inside the skin of the motorhome. But this has to be fitted by the manufacturer during the build. I have that on my coach but it all comes down to price as to which coaches are fitted with this or not.
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I think all A/Cs leak water, just check under your car. I use this method to check how level I am. Inside I use the bathroom door.

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I think all A/Cs leak water, just check under your car. I use this method to check how level I am. Inside I use the bathroom door.

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Yup ... perfectly normal. But .... it's not really a leak. It's actually a condensate drain to get rid of the normal condensation byproduct of A/C.
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If you have gutters they should drain to the front or rear of the motorhome and not down a window. You donít say but have you gone up and made sure there is nothing in the gutter obstructing the normal flow. Also if the gutter is not a solid piece if the point where the 2 pieces meet are not sealed well it can drip down at that point. The water is going to take the path of least resistance.
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