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 10/5/2003 8:03 PM
 
Just came back from a long weekend in Charleston, SC and had an A/C "resist starting". Sounded like a car starter clicking - - - did that a couple times, then it started. Any suggestions on what to do to keep it from failing when we really need it. Thamks. ed n

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 10/5/2003 9:01 PM
 
Ed - A/C's take a lot of amps to get going. If you were plugged into a shore power that was deficient or overtaxed it's possible you weren't getting sufficient power. If you have a genset, try starting your A/C using that power and see if the problem persists. If you don't have a genset, see if the problem reappears at the next campground. There’s a possibility that it's a campground problem, not yours. Good luck. - Dave

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 10/5/2003 10:39 PM
 
There is a starting capacitor kit in today's ac units. If Dave's suggestions don't work, check that out. When one of mine failed I could see it arcing by removing the cover of the ac unit. The kit includes new caps and a thermistor or some such device and is not all that expensive from RV parts stores. I forget exactly what the kit consists of since it has been more than a year since I replaced mine! John Veach www.TheRollingHome.com Cannonville, UT KOA

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 10/6/2003 5:42 AM
 
Thanks to both of you. I'm betting it was the campground's power (KOA) - Guess I'll check quality of power next time. Any suggestions on best way? Highways has a blurb on the AEC 2020 digital monitor.????
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 10/6/2003 10:07 AM
 
A digital multi meter will measure AC voltage and lots of other things, too.
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 10/6/2003 6:53 PM
 
You do need to keep a close eye on the voltage that is supplied at a campground as well as the correct wiring. A good meter is a helpful tool and I also suggest that you get one of those test devices that plug into an outlet to see that it is properly wired. Also, check the voltage in your RV before plugging in and then check it again when your air conditioners are both running. It should be more than 108V to be sure and never run the air if it falls below 102V.
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