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Old 05-13-2005, 04:36 PM   #1
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We attended the Texas Boomer Rally in Kerrville, TX in March and had a great time. Unfortunately, our RV didn't enjoy the trip quite as much.

Not far from home, we tangled with a railroad crossing arm that started down without warning and it put a serious bend in the outside rail of our rear ladder. I removed the ladder completely, taking it to a local boat propeller shop who could weld aluminum. $27 later, we got the ladder back with a new piece welded in right above the roof mount. You really have to look closely to even see it. The re-mount seemed to make the ladder even more stable than before. I was a little worried about leaks in the ladder's roof joints but we have been through quite a lot of rain and had no problems (he said with his fingers still crossed). I was careful about the caulk that I used and how I applied it. I've worked on boats for years and never had problems sealing holes but a rubber roof is a different animal.

Kerrville also treated us to a marble/golfball sized hailstorm that hit sideways. The hail flattened over half the fins on both our roof top air conditioners. For $2.00 at the local heating contractor store, I purchased a 14 fin per inch "fin comb". In some cases I had to start bending the fin back with my fingernail but afterwards was able to carefully run the fin comb down through. It took over 2 hours per A/C but the fins appear more uniformly separated than before the storm. It has been three weeks since the combing (I've sweated about having broken a fin joint) and both A/Cs seem to be cooling as well as ever. We just came back from a week's trip where we used them several times.

I really feel like I dodged a couple of bullets with these situations and thought that I would share the experience.
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We attended the Texas Boomer Rally in Kerrville, TX in March and had a great time. Unfortunately, our RV didn't enjoy the trip quite as much.

Not far from home, we tangled with a railroad crossing arm that started down without warning and it put a serious bend in the outside rail of our rear ladder. I removed the ladder completely, taking it to a local boat propeller shop who could weld aluminum. $27 later, we got the ladder back with a new piece welded in right above the roof mount. You really have to look closely to even see it. The re-mount seemed to make the ladder even more stable than before. I was a little worried about leaks in the ladder's roof joints but we have been through quite a lot of rain and had no problems (he said with his fingers still crossed). I was careful about the caulk that I used and how I applied it. I've worked on boats for years and never had problems sealing holes but a rubber roof is a different animal.

Kerrville also treated us to a marble/golfball sized hailstorm that hit sideways. The hail flattened over half the fins on both our roof top air conditioners. For $2.00 at the local heating contractor store, I purchased a 14 fin per inch "fin comb". In some cases I had to start bending the fin back with my fingernail but afterwards was able to carefully run the fin comb down through. It took over 2 hours per A/C but the fins appear more uniformly separated than before the storm. It has been three weeks since the combing (I've sweated about having broken a fin joint) and both A/Cs seem to be cooling as well as ever. We just came back from a week's trip where we used them several times.

I really feel like I dodged a couple of bullets with these situations and thought that I would share the experience.
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You must of had some NEW ENGLAND weather down there Tex, never know what to expect. Thanks for the "fin comb" tip never heard of that one. ---"007"
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I had this happen on a class C.... But no amount of combing was going to fix it. Also, I ran the unit and was not aware of the damage, you need to check the roof area as part of you trip check list, and I am almost sure that the compressor was over heated. Insurance covered the cost of a New 15k unit (replaced a 13.5k). I installed a DIY screen for just a few $.

I have pictures posted on my RV Tips page. Just follow the link in my signature.

OBTW - You can get a "fin comb" from Harbor Frieght also.
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Thanks for your insight, Dale. We noticed the damage right after the storme and we did not have to run the A/C units between the time that they were damaged and my repairs. I'm hopeful that we don't have to replace them but only time will tell.

When I get a moment, I'll going to study your link regarding the screens. I really don't want to have to EVER do that job again.
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Sounds like if it weren't for bad luck you wouldn't have any luck at all!! We got hit by the edge of a tornado one time. Our awning blew up over the roof and beat on it steady for about 20 minutes. I thought for sure we were going to blow over. Give me an earthquake ANY day!!! They only last a minute!
No fun inside the rig while bad things are going on outside, huh?
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