Talked to Paul @ SMB Today
Hi All -
BrianW - yes, we tried all the things you outlined. Thanks for the tips.
I talked to Paul at SMB Texas. He said I have a modified 12 floorplan, for what that is worth.
But, more importantly, he told me not to waste my money (not his exact words), on another Starcool air compressor. From the description of the problem he agreed that the compressor is shot, and he explained that they never got a van in a hot environment, in full sun, with the top up, cold.
He suggested an AC unit on wheels, and then drill a slot for an exhaust line. I saw another post here where someone cut the PH top and put in an AC. I will do more looking around, but the forum search feature doesn't seem to work well from my phone.
I don't love the thought of drilling into my van, or giving up precious storage space for an AC unit. I do love the idea of significantly cheaper and colder fix!
SMB and all of the local mechanics/shops kept using the word OLD to describe my van. Humph. 21 isn't old.