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Old 10-02-2013, 04:44 PM   #1
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Vibe 6502 air circulation issues

We just got back from a trip to Lake Ouachita state park in Arkansas and while the park is beautiful, we had several issues with our camper.
1 - the propane didn't stay on so when we arrived the fridge was not on/cold - good thing we'd packed everything in a cooler just in case
2 - we've only been out 4 times and already there is a leak in the vent in the bathroom. I spent all of one night getting up every hour to dump the pan catching the water as it rained all night and we couldn't patch it until the next day.
3 - this is the bigger/on-going problem. There is no air circulation in the bed/sleeping area. If we sleep up in the bed, we get hot even with a small circulating fan on the shelf - the a/c doesn't blow into that area at all due to the location of the a/c unit. And, if we sleep down in the converted dinette area we freeze! Any suggestions?? What have others done to rectify this? Is this just a design flaw that we either have to live with or get rid of the camper? I would imagine we'll have the same problem in reverse if we need to use the heater instead.

Thanks for any ideas!
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:39 PM   #2
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We just got back from a trip to Lake Ouachita state park in Arkansas and while the park is beautiful, we had several issues with our camper. 1 - the propane didn't stay on so when we arrived the fridge was not on/cold - good thing we'd packed everything in a cooler just in case 2 - we've only been out 4 times and already there is a leak in the vent in the bathroom. I spent all of one night getting up every hour to dump the pan catching the water as it rained all night and we couldn't patch it until the next day. 3 - this is the bigger/on-going problem. There is no air circulation in the bed/sleeping area. If we sleep up in the bed, we get hot even with a small circulating fan on the shelf - the a/c doesn't blow into that area at all due to the location of the a/c unit. And, if we sleep down in the converted dinette area we freeze! Any suggestions?? What have others done to rectify this? Is this just a design flaw that we either have to live with or get rid of the camper? I would imagine we'll have the same problem in reverse if we need to use the heater instead. Thanks for any ideas!
Is the A/C ducted? If so there may be things to do, otherwise you amy need to jury rig some deflectors at the A/C outlet to redirect the air forward to the bed area. try cardboard and tape first and then if it works you may be able to fabricate something.
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:14 PM   #3
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we close the ac vent in the living room which forces all the air to the bedroom. when i wake up (always first it seems), i open the vent in living room to the half way point to help cool it down if needed so when wife gets up it is usually cool enough for her.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:22 PM   #4
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Can't help on the circulation but as far as the fridge, the flame can blow out while you are driving due to wind. We had the same issue. I just always check it every time I stop.
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:54 AM   #5
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Thanks for your responses. My husband was thinking of possibly cutting a hold in that wall and installing a fan of some sort - any thoughts?
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Old 10-03-2013, 02:59 PM   #6
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3 - this is the bigger/on-going problem. There is no air circulation in the bed/sleeping area. If we sleep up in the bed, we get hot even with a small circulating fan on the shelf - the a/c doesn't blow into that area at all due to the location of the a/c unit. And, if we sleep down in the converted dinette area we freeze! Any suggestions?? What have others done to rectify this? Is this just a design flaw that we either have to live with or get rid of the camper? I would imagine we'll have the same problem in reverse if we need to use the heater instead.
Thanks for any ideas!
Hi Wybdgrl - We have a VIBE 6540 - and love it. It seems to have a similar floor plan to the 6502 other than our slide is for bunks, yours is for the kitchen. I assume the overhead air conditioner is in the same spot. There is a deflector knob on either side of the A/C to push air flow to the side instead of straight down (do not know if you have tried that). One thing we like to do as the exterior temperature drops is to crack the bedroom windows open slighlty then run the bathroom exhaust fan on low/medium or high depending on the conditions. This technique definitely helps the comfort level in the sleeping area. Hope that helps.
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Yes, we've tried diverting the air flow but then the a/c rattles and is very loud (maybe we have a bigger problem). And, the vent still only pushes air toward the wall rather than actually into the bed lfot area.

We've not tried venting the windows, though. However,I was a little hesitant to open the windows for fear that we might kick the screen during the night since it's pretty tight up there. We do normally keep the bathroom fan on, but as mentioned during this trip that vent was also leaking and it was raining in so we had to keep it closed.
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Yes, we've tried diverting the air flow but then the a/c rattles and is very loud (maybe we have a bigger problem). And, the vent still only pushes air toward the wall rather than actually into the bed lfot area.

We've not tried venting the windows, though. However,I was a little hesitant to open the windows for fear that we might kick the screen during the night since it's pretty tight up there. We do normally keep the bathroom fan on, but as mentioned during this trip that vent was also leaking and it was raining in so we had to keep it closed.
The Dometic A/C units tend to be a little loud, however it should not rattle ? Once you get the "leaking vent" fixed you should try just cracking the back window open even just a little with the bathroom exhaust running (A/C off). You would be surprised at how much ventilation that creates for the rear sleeping area (especially if the other main area windows are shut). You can even slightly crack open the "emergency exit" window in the sleeping area.

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Thanks - we'll try that suggestion, too. I'll keep you posted on the thought of installing a small fan (probably a computer type fan) into the wall. His thought was to install a small one in that dividing wall up near the top so the vented air will go more directly into the bed area. If the mod works I'll definitely share with photos. Thanks again for the ideas.
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it is sad that all the money spent on new rvs that the customer seems to be the one fixing it in the end. if any car maker had the same trouble with their vehicles (all being equal to units with problems vs units produced), they would be out of business in a very short order.
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