Ever fix a broken RV air conditioner with a wooden spoon?

By June 7, 2014 September 6th, 2017 Airstream, Repairs

I am sitting in a wonderful coffee shop called Black Dog in Lenexa, KS. Be sure to check them out if you are ever in the area. Great coffee, and wi-fi and bread from a local bakery as well. Why does sitting in a coffee shop inspire me to write? Go figure. Actually I think I simply tired of deciding on a new art/photography gallery configuration for the site and decided it was about time I update you on the happenings of the last couple of weeks and why I have been an absentee blogger. Ready for it? Flash back to approximately two weeks ago….

11:30 pm, Thursday night, May 22nd: Air conditioner on the tin can starts to sound very odd…a little rattly (is that a word?) and louder than normal. I go back to sleep.

12:30 am, Friday morning, May 23rd: Air conditioner compressor attempts to kick on. A somewhat loud noise is heard. Everything stops except for a slight hum…Uh oh! I turn it off, attempt not to stress out and go back to sleep.

6:30 am: I wake up. Check the air…still only a hum and nothing more. Now I start to panic. I’m supposed to leave for Texas on Sunday. It is Memorial day weekend. I live in the South. If I leave without working air, I will return to baked cat and melted everything else. What am I going to do?

6:50 am: Text a friend at work. Help!

8:00 am: Call around for air conditioner availability, installation, and pricing.

1:30 pm: Leave work early to meet friend and assess the situation. We examine it from the inside of the tin can. It appears dead. We get out the ladder and climb to the roof. Yes! I finally climbed up on the roof. Seems pretty sturdy as long as I follow the advice I have read everywhere to stay on the riveted lines. What a view from up here! My friend pokes a wooden spoon into the air conditioner to spin the fan. At first it appears stuck, then it starts to spin. Then it spins even more freely. We remove the cover and examine the unit. It is old! Maybe older than me. Hahaha! We decide it isn’t worth repairing, and I will be better off replacing it. I attempt to get on the ladder and off of the roof…this takes a few attempts and moments of deep breathing. My friend is very entertained. I fear for a moment I may have to live up here, but finally succeed. Yay! We go back inside, flip the switch and voila the air is temporarily fixed and all with a wooden spoon!

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Cover off!


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Maybe I should clean above the awning roll?

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Nope! Not coming down!

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Yikes! This thing is ancient!

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Is it me, or do all the RV’s look smaller from up here?


Saturday, May 24th: I purchase a new a/c (A Dometic 13,500 BTU unit from Crain RV) just in case it has to be installed before I make it back from my trip.

8:45 am, Friday, June 6th: New air installed. Old air thrown from the roof. (I forgot to take a picture of the crash!) I did not complete the install myself, and instead hired a professional for this job. Let me know if you need an onsite repair guy in the Little Rock area, and I will give you his name. He did a nice job at a fair price. I need to add some trim to compensate of the slight curve of the roof, but otherwise the new unit looks pretty good and is working great. I do have some resealing of rivets, screws and the skylight to do now on the roof for some leaks loosened and uncovered during the air conditioner install. Does this mean I have to deal with the getting back off the roof issue again? Who’s up for holding the ladder?2014-06-06 09 2014-06-06 10 2014-06-06 13



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