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Old 07-04-2020, 06:40 PM   #1
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Domestic A/C cover flew off

Is it safe and prudent to drive a few hours without the roof air cover missing?

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Old 07-04-2020, 06:43 PM   #2
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Old 07-04-2020, 06:44 PM   #3
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Yes. Sorry it happened to you but it is a fairly common thing. I have seen A/C hoods on the side of the road every time I'm out.

I would recommend getting a new one as soon as possible and make sure you flush out and clean the A/C before putting it on.

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The same thing happened to us. We never heard it go, but a motorist behind us flagged us down, so we were able to retrieve the cover. It was damaged, but after drilling a couple of new holes and using some zip ties, the cover was back on and survived driving 65 mph from Florida back to North Caroline. We now have a new cover.

It certainly won't hurt to drive your rig a bit without a cover. Just make sure you don't hit any low branches.
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Old 07-04-2020, 08:51 PM   #5
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How does that happen? My Carrier AC has like 20 screws holding it on.
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Old 07-04-2020, 09:05 PM   #6
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I believe most RV A/C (Coleman) plastic covers only have 4 screws on the top. A little brittleness with age, a little stress cracking around the holes, a good gust of wind and - away they go...
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I would highly recommend using ICON shrouds when you are ready to replace - they're very thick and marketed as being virtually indestructible. I have ICON on both of my ACs.

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How does that happen? My Carrier AC has like 20 screws holding it on.
We came up on a fifth wheel on the interstate and while the rear air conditioner was stable, the front one looked like it was a giant mouth opening and closing while gulping air. We tried to get their attention but they were oblivious.

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Our front Dometic AC shroud flew off a week ago while driving down the road. The plastic around the front screws had gotten brittle and it just snapped off. I wrapped plastic around it with duct tape, good and tight until I outdone get a replacement shroud ordered. It needs to be covered if it rains, otherwise water will run through the ceiling. Make sure to order your replacement from amazon if you are ordering one. The price difference between amazon and a RV dealer was $80.00, which is a lot.

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