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Old 02-28-2013, 06:36 PM   #1
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External microwave/hood vent

We had 50 mph gusts here the other day and I arrived at my RV storage to find the outside cover of my microwave vent hood sitting on the ground. (Glad it didn't blow into the field next door!)

I just was in the process of reattaching it and noted that the hinged door in the vent didn't seem to open. Turned on the vent and sure 'nough, noise but no air. That little door has two latches on the bottom. It took a lot of pushing (up) to get them open.
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I'm guessing this is something that we failed to inspect during PDI. Or is it expected that this gets latched and unlatched for each camping trip? (I can't reach it except on a ladder.)

Is your vent-hood vent open on the outside?
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:46 PM   #2
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We had 50 mph gusts here the other day and I arrived at my RV storage to find the outside cover of my microwave vent hood sitting on the ground. (Glad it didn't blow into the field next door!)

I just was in the process of reattaching it and noted that the hinged door in the vent didn't seem to open. Turned on the vent and sure 'nough, noise but no air. That little door has two latches on the bottom. It took a lot of pushing (up) to get them open.
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I'm guessing this is something that we failed to inspect during PDI. Or is it expected that this gets latched and unlatched for each camping trip? (I can't reach it except on a ladder.)

Is your vent-hood vent open on the outside?
That item was missed on our PDI also. I believe it is a manual operation you have to do if you want it opened or closed. Ours is just low enough that I can reach it if the ground is level.

A very poorly designed item IMO.
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:57 PM   #3
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stove vent

And very hard to open!
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:00 PM   #4
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And very hard to open!
Yes and very hard to open - although I have found, in my unit, that if you don't push on the two tabs very hard it seems to be a bit easier to open.
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:14 PM   #5
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This style vent is hard to open, however I prefer over the old style. Our last trailer, the wind from pulling the trailer would suck the flap completely out of the unit. Had to replace 4 times.
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So you open and close them on each trip?

I agree that it leaves a pretty big gap for bugs to get in. I think gravity would close that door if those latches weren't in the way! Maybe I should break them off and add a couple of weights.
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That item was missed on our PDI also. I believe it is a manual operation you have to do if you want it opened or closed. Ours is just low enough that I can reach it if the ground is level. A very poorly designed item IMO.
During my predelivery walk-through on my Windjammer 2809W, my dealer tech explained that this vent should be opened for my range fan to vent outside.

Mine is identical to your picture. He let me try to open it, and I hesitated because it was difficult. He popped it open with obvious force on the two latches, then let me try again. This time I too forced it open.

He agreed with me about the poor latch design on this flap. He said I should close it before travel. It was equally difficult to close. He said it gets easier as the rough edges on the nylon plastic lips wear off. I was on a small step at the time. Brought it along for my walk-through.

On my previous trailer, the vent flap came open too easily. I frequently found it open while traveling. Lucky I never lost that littlle flap.
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So you open and close them on each trip?

I agree that it leaves a pretty big gap for bugs to get in. I think gravity would close that door if those latches weren't in the way! Maybe I should break them off and add a couple of weights.

I tend to Forget about them, but the DW will remind me to open theming close them.
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Yes, open when you use the vent hood. Close and latch when you travel. A weight may be too much for the fan to open or too little to keep closed when traveling.
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Thanks all. Added to my checklist.
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