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Old 09-09-2014, 05:37 PM   #1
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Anyone add vent to 378XL convection?

would like to add exterior vent to 2013 378 XL microwave/convection in order to get rid of the heat/odor issues while cooking. Wondering if anyone has successfully done this in this model Georgetown and specifically was there studs in the way of the exterior venting? Anyone who has successfully done this and could share info would be greatly appreciated.....
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Old 09-09-2014, 10:30 PM   #2
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would like to add exterior vent to 2013 378 XL microwave/convection in order to get rid of the heat/odor issues while cooking. Wondering if anyone has successfully done this in this model Georgetown and specifically was there studs in the way of the exterior venting? Anyone who has successfully done this and could share info would be greatly appreciated.....
I put one in my Berkshire. While I did not hit a stud I used a multi-tool and cut the hole from the inside. I went layer by layer rather than through the whole side at one time. As the flap for the vent is part of the outside part I figured if I found a stud I would just leave it in place, cut the hole around it. The air will just pass on both sides. Should work.
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Old 09-10-2014, 12:04 AM   #3
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378 xl convection vent

Thanks for the pictures. I've thought about the idea of leaving metal stud if one was in the cut area but have concerns what would be the resulting damage to the fiberglass and exterior paint if using the convection on lets say 425 degrees? I'd think the metal stud would get very hot?

I'm hoping someone with a newer 378 may have already either vented or attempted to cut from the inside using the template provided with the microwave and can inform me what I can expect. I have read a few posts some are just using the fantastic fan in kitchen area while using the convection but this I'd suspect this would make things pretty warm if in the sunbelt. Last time I was in South Texas it was pushing 110 in august. With the convection oven unvented as it is now it's pretty useless to us right now. I've wondered if this was left unvented by Forest River for cost saving ie short cut or for any real valuable reason? Looks like you have already answered that question as far as the Brookshire is concerned.

Thanks for your information provided.
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Old 09-11-2014, 04:54 PM   #4
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venting

My 5th wheel was not vented Could never understand why not.
I guess Forest River cuts corners as my new motorhome which has wonderful convection micro came from factory vented. It's not a Forest River product. Only hint I can give is it is made in Alabama.
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Old 10-10-2014, 05:08 AM   #5
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I'm still trying to figure out how to work my convection in my 378xl

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Old 10-10-2014, 12:02 PM   #6
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Are the convection ovens worth replacing the microwave?
What make and models do you have?
Does it still have a light and intake vent on the bottom like the microwave?
What is the wattage and does it work OK on the present 15 amp outlet?
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I had a convection/half time oven and microwave in our 5th wheel and loved it. It cooked in half the time as the oven and D/W loved it for baking and everything. It was vented to the outside. You can purchase a convection/microwave and any of the department stores and they will fit in the same location. What we have in our motor home is a residential style microwave. Measure and you'll see. Looking at purchasing one if and when ours take a s-it.lol
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Old 10-10-2014, 04:48 PM   #8
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I have at 2013 378 xl with the frigidaire micro/ convection installed from factory
In place of a conventional oven. Model number cfmv154clsa owners manual states 13.5 amp power required microwave output power 900 watts convection 1450 watts. Yes has lite above stove and is capable of being vented to outside but I'm
Not sure if a stud will be in the way to vent. I'm planning on removing unit and cutting wall from inside behind the unit using the supplied vent template to see if
Unit can be vented. I'd say it's a matter of personal preference but the biggest thing I do not like is it came from factory not vented. I'm sure a regular oven gets coach warm also however I think I'd like it a lot better if heat was vented to outside. Not to mention once vented the fan over the stove would also be vented to suck the cooking odors out. A 15 amp breaker will work fine with 14 3 wire but you'll not want to run anything else on the circuit while operating the convection.
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Old 12-15-2014, 10:14 PM   #9
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Sucessful Venting of micro/Convection 378XL

After much thought (actually worry) about trying to undertake this project today I decided I could not live with the recirculating of the cooking odors in the coach and the additional heat from the convection oven without finding out for sure if the unit could be successfully vented. So based on the outstanding guidance and pictures received earlier from "Silver" on venting of his Berkshire I decided today to pull the unit down, cut the wall from inside using the template supplied with the microwave to see if it could be done in the Georgetown 378XL. My main concern was would there be a stud in the way where the template required the hole to be cut? Getting right to the point the unit is now successfully vented. Used multi tool as advised by silver. Had to purchase an adapter from a distributer for the back of the convection in order to vent oven from back (part number can be found in installation manual for microwave) Bought vent at local RV dealer at parts department. (can be found easily on internet very reasonable) Project took about three to four hours but could of been done quicker if I was not triple checking everything before starting to cut. I'm very happy with the outcome. No more heat while using convection and no more smell from cooking! Well worth the effort. I'm going to post a few pictures as some of you other 378XL owners may be interested in doing this upgrade. My unit is a 2013 year model for the record.
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Very well done! I like the outside vent cover too. Looks better than most I've seen.


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