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Old 12-20-2009, 10:57 PM   #1
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We're set up on Mustang Island, Texas for the next week, and it's actually gotten warm enough here to fire up the A/C on our (new to us) Dutchmen Class C Motorhome.

I noticed, after a time, that water was dripping off the right front of the coach. This was due to condensation from the rooftop A/C unit running off the roof in that direction.

Dumb question: Is this normal, or is there a drain that this water *should* be flowing out of that might be plugged? There are two hoses sticking out of the bottom of the RV, one of which (I thought) was a drain for the A/C, but maybe not?

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As Rick said, it's normal. The dripping usually causes black streaks on the sidewall so some folks use a gutter extension like these. RV Gutter Extensions, 4-pack - Item - Camping World

The hoses sticking out of the bottom usually have to do with the drains for your fresh water system.
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Hi Jay,
A quick and cheap solution is to slightly re-level your coach so the water runs off the roof the way that is best for you.
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Hi Jay,
A quick and cheap solution is to slightly re-level your coach so the water runs off the roof the way that is best for you.
Thanks for the answers, guys. As always, iRV2 comes through.

Yet another reason to make sure the roof is waterproof, eh?
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You can get, I'm told, an optional "Tray" that fits between the A/C and the roof. it's gasketed above and below so it don't leak inside,

This tray collects the condensate and you can then run a hose from the tray's outlet to wherever you can run a hose too.

Now... frankly. I think this is how it should be done (with the hose dropping through a wall and down through eventually, the floor and dripping on the ground under the rig.. or even (optionally) into the sewer line post cut off valve)

but they don't do it that way
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You can get, I'm told, an optional "Tray" that fits between the A/C and the roof. it's gasketed above and below so it don't leak inside,

This tray collects the condensate and you can then run a hose from the tray's outlet to wherever you can run a hose too.

Now... frankly. I think this is how it should be done (with the hose dropping through a wall and down through eventually, the floor and dripping on the ground under the rig.. or even (optionally) into the sewer line post cut off valve)

but they don't do it that way
Well, yes, and no. Plumbing always, always, ALWAYS leaks. If you don't believe that, you haven't been around enough plumbing.

The idiot that built our hotel ran the condenser pipes from all the air-conditioners inside the walls. These are 1/2" copper pipes that routinely clog, causing water damage throughout. It's a terrible idea to run these sorts of things inside the walls (well, if you must do it inside a wall, using 4" PVC would solve the clogging problems...until a bird or mouse built a nest inside) but in the Iowa climate you can't run 'em outside or they would freeze and break. (Or we'd have to winterize the hotel like the RV!)

I like the tray idea.
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