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Date: 25 July 2022. Grainger's has Parts (Mistakes were Made, Part 6)


This became a series detailing the nightmare upgrade to a plug-and-play air-conditioning system aboard Seaweed. I would love to be able to tell you how well it went, explaining how smart I was, and the debacles I avoided. Alas, that's not what happened. Details follow.

This is Part 6 of the Mistakes were Made series.

For folks that prefer to have all details on one page, this is the link you want:
AC Install from Hades (Mistakes were Made, complete series)

Cap'n Jesse's first stop was Grainger's here in Clearwater. They are a major seller of gear, hardware, fan belts, bottom paint, motors and more. One of the things we hoped to purchase was a replacement motor for the Dometic. We also were seeking a new thermostat.

When I was a little girl I remember purchasing 5 gallon buckets of bottom paint from Grainger's for our boat. They do mail orders too.

The motor that came with my Penguin II 15,000 BTU RV air-conditioner with a heat pump was 1/3 horsepower:


I also took a picture of the motor label:

Finally, I took another photo of the label inside my unit:

Fortunately Grainger's did have a thermostat for my system. It is not beautiful and elegant like the $267 one from Camping World. The thermostat was less than $100 and works perfectly. I am grateful, and I saved a lot of money. That said, Grainger's does not sell double shafted motors, which is required to make my a/c work.

The gent at Grainger's was kind enough to do a search
for the motor we needed. He located a match at HD Supply.

I was unfamiliar with the company but called them on the telephone while heading back to Seaweed with Cap'n Jesse. I was told by Arielle they had the motor I needed in stock. Brian confirmed and $200 later a new motor was on the way to me.

On the drive home I spotted an HD Supply truck on the highway. It was cool to see that.



My new motor from HD Supply arrived quickly. It was carefully packed so no damage could occur during transit. These motors all come with extended shafts. That way you can cut it to the length needed.


Here is where I made yet another mistake:  I did not confirm the horsepower of the motor ordered. Instead of the 1/3 hp I needed, I bought and paid for a 1/10th motor. It is much smaller than the one in my Dometic Penguin II.

We did attempt to run the smaller motor. I REALLY wanted to be cool rather than continue to bake in the summer sun. Alas, the internal thermal protection caused the motor to shut down after two minutes. I have to find a bigger motor to replace the broken one Dometic supplied in my Penguin II with heat pump.

By this point I was thoroughly disgusted with what I perceived to be ill-treatment by Dometic. I had such high hopes for this thing. Saving up for such a major expenditure took time. And then to not catch the problem soon enough for the company to be forced to resolve it has left a bitter taste in my mouth.

This is disheartening as the first reefer on our boat was a Dometic. I LOVED having a refrigerator. It was a Major upgrade as I grew up without any refrigeration. The Dometic was such a a big deal to finally own. I suspect most could not imagine life without a cold glass of milk . Indeed, I have never drunk a glass of milk. So that is a part of my disappointment in this whole sad fiasco. I expected better.

On the bright side, I do have visitors that do not seem to mind the lack of air-conditioning aboard Seaweed.

Jackie and Anisha had a great time in their kayaks. It is always nice to see friends on the water.

Having company helps when my world is discombobulated. Getting out does too. The thing is, no matter how bad all this is, I know it will end. There is a solution. I just have to come up with the parts and Cap'n Jesse will make it all work.

Wish me well. And thank you for reading.

Are you familiar with Grainger's? [http://grainger.com]
And, have you ever used HD Supply? Now that I have, is fun to spot the HD Supply trucks around town.

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