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« on: August 22, 2017, 02:45:42 PM »
I have a 2007 32' South wind (workhorse)  and the back AC unit went out. The repair people say it is a sealed unit and cant be worked on but I can get it replaced for $1,000.00. Is this true and if so, are their discount AC units? Does it have to be factory or are there after market suppliers that will work (cheaper)? thanks



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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2017, 03:13:05 PM »
Amazon has AC units for $420 and up. I don't think $580 is a reasonable price for installation. Even if you buy one that costs $750, that leaves $250 for labor, which in my opinion, is a lot. The wiring is already in place, and there are four bolts that hold the unit in place.
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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2017, 03:16:32 PM »
Yep you can buy one for under $500 and install it yourself.

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« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2017, 05:36:43 PM »
And also, I'm pretty sure they're not serviceable. At least that's what I was told when I was in a similar situation. Mine was still under an extended warranty.


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« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2017, 07:14:04 PM »
even the wife can install one.   ;D ooops... sorry honey.  :P
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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2017, 07:51:05 PM »
It is correct that they are not repairable IF the problem is the compressor or related plumbing. However, circuit boards are replaceable, as are fans and start capacitors. Some (many?) RV shops don't want to "waste time" on diagnosis and just replace any a/c that is giving trouble.

If you can DIY, you can save a bundle, but replacement at an RV shop will probably run $800-$1100. Overpriced, but that's the way of the RV world.

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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2017, 12:26:16 PM »
Thanks, I'll try on line.


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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2017, 05:13:33 PM »
  I paid to have mine replaced (1,000 even) and happy to let them do it.. I have the skills but well it's 90 pounds up a ladder and I had (yes HAD YIPPIE) a very bad back problem (Man was it easy to fix, the back that is .. The A/C was harder)

I choose a Coleman this time. and glad I did.. Now you ask why?

COlemans suck (that is the fan draws air in via the condenser coils) others Blow (Air out through the condenser)  This means when I need to clear off the cottonwood cotton

4 bolts, lift off cover, clean thing, replace cover 4 bolts, done.

YOu don't even want to think about the job on my other A/C.. Except it's not got a Coleman fan so other than 10 Screws instead of 4 bolts,, Same Same.
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« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2017, 07:53:08 PM »
All air conditioners are repairable. However,,, most old ones are Freon 22 which can be found at a great expense but then you have more invested in repair for what another year.... If it is leaking freon or bad compressor, then junk it. Other items are readily available for replacement.

If you purchase a top unit that will work with your ceiling package then the new one comes with new gaskets, 4 new bolts and plug compatible. Two person job for less than an hour. (or hour and a half with beer break.)
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