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Old 08-08-2019, 08:22 AM   #1
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Range fan when dry camping

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We just purchased a Chaparral 336TSIK fifth wheel. We are currently dry camping and would like to do some cooking indoors but canít seem to operate the range hood fan. The only control seems to be on the microwave which will not work unless we are plugged in to power. Unfortunately, there is no power for miles and when I cook I really do require the assistance of an exhaust fan to clear the smoke :-). Please help, I do not want to eat cereal and sandwiches this whole trip!
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Old 08-08-2019, 08:25 AM   #2
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in many RVs, the 'fan' is integrated into the microwave... so, no, without an Inverter, Shore Power, or use of a Generator, will you have that option.

of course, another way around the same issue is to simply use your ROOF fan - it is 12v and runs off your battery(s).
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The only roof fan I see is in the bathroom, which is a long way from the kitchen. Is there another roof fan you are referring to that acts as an exhaust?
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We had a ceiling vent in the kitchen area that I put a remote controlled fan in. Has multi speeds in or out or temp setting.
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The only roof fan I see is in the bathroom, which is a long way from the kitchen. Is there another roof fan you are referring to that acts as an exhaust?
You can remove the bathroom fan (it barely does anything) and replace it with the $150-ish Fan-Tastic Fan that moves a massive amount more air. It is a really easy swap, you just peel the Dicor from your on the roof and unscrew it, clean all residual Dicor and goo, and re-goo and dicor the Fan-Tastic fan in its place. On low it moves many times more air and will pull the hot air from the ceiling and out the vent. If you have a front non fan vent, you can also put another Fan-Tastic fan there and use a nearby LED light to grab your power. That is exactly what I just did on my new Apex 289TBSS. So now I can just about suck the walls inward if I want to!

I used the $160 model 1250 that you have a rocker switch to reverse the fan rotation, you can blow in on one and suck out on the other... or you can crack some windows and suck out on both. It gives you some options, and it's not hard to install.


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For me, and what I want to do or use boondocking, a 2000 w inverter generator is a absolute MUST HAVE. I'm a liberal when it comes to power usage and must be able to recharge battery daily.

Also plan our meals trying to do most of the cooking outside whenever possible. Just gets to hot inside with no AC available.
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Thanks for all your replies and suggestions! Much appreciated! There are no ceiling vents anywhere in this unit other than the bathroom so installing a fan would not be an option. We do travel with a generator so I can easily fire that up when we cook.
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Thanks for all your replies and suggestions! Much appreciated! There are no ceiling vents anywhere in this unit other than the bathroom so installing a fan would not be an option. We do travel with a generator so I can easily fire that up when we cook.
I've never seen a bathroom vent lid without a fan, so you could at the least toss a fantastic vent fan in there. That would do a much much better job evacuating hot air than the nearly useless range fan unless yours is a whole lot better than Coachmen used on mine.
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The only roof fan I see is in the bathroom, which is a long way from the kitchen. Is there another roof fan you are referring to that acts as an exhaust?
You would need to ask this in the Coachmen sub-forum since you're asking for model-specific information.
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I took a look at the floor plans and it appears that there is a window near the stove. You can open the window and put a battery operated fan in front of it. That should be enough to pull out any smoke.
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Over the stove fan... does it even vent to the outside or blow stove top air up and over to another corner in the room?
Some units have the range hood light and fan on DC as the stove is LP and also used during boondocking.
If your unit has an AC fan in the hood there are 12V DC fans you can convert them to, but you must have a 12V power source near to tie in to.
Not sure how in depth and involved you want to get.
As said above first go to your make and models forum to see what others have done. I met a guy that has a little DC fan on their popup they sit by stove and let it vent through the window, screen or whatever it is.
Only as a last resort would I pull air from kitchen all through the camper to exit out the bathroom... but some cooking smells are worth it.
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Umm...no

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Over the stove fan... does it even vent to the outside or blow stove top air up and over to another corner in the room?
Some units have the range hood light and fan on DC as the stove is LP and also used during boondocking.
If your unit has an AC fan in the hood there are 12V DC fans you can convert them to, but you must have a 12V power source near to tie in to.
Not sure how in depth and involved you want to get.
As said above first go to your make and models forum to see what others have done. I met a guy that has a little DC fan on their popup they sit by stove and let it vent through the window, screen or whatever it is.
Only as a last resort would I pull air from kitchen all through the camper to exit out the bathroom... but some cooking smells are worth it.
Umm, his range fan is integrated into the microwave oven, like a residential over-the-range microwave oven. Changing the fan to 12v would not be easy.
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My misread. I didn't realize it was integrated into the Micro. That fan is definitely AC. Depending on what type micro just like at home it could be vented to outside or just a recirculation upward into the room. Looks like fan pointing out the window is the next step. Pulling more humidity into and through the bathroom I wouldn't like. But is' not a deal breaker or particularly bad.
Got to find what works for you.
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I have a 2017 336TSIK with the same Microwave/exhaust fan as you have. Mine also has a remote controlled 12 Volt roof fan above the stove area not in the slide but in the main camper area near the stove. Maybe you could have 1 of these installed on your 5th wheel and that would work to remove stove heat/orders.
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