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Old 03-24-2015, 02:49 PM   #21
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RV Travel.com does NOT recommend putting screens over these openings. They say it can cause trouble by restricting air flow to your appliances. They recommend covering the openings when your RV is not in use and uncovering when you use it. These people are the experts so I am going with their advice.
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Old 03-24-2015, 03:07 PM   #22
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These people are the experts so I am going with their advice.
Whatever you do, do not take that as gospel in any way, shape or form. They are knowledgeable, but often not expert at all just experienced. I would bet you find significantly more experience in this forum than most of those who write for them, and expertise that is easily adapted to solving problems with any system in an RV. Don't take that as me bashing them, but encouraging you to take things with a grain of salt.

That said, it is nothing more than a relatively basic calculation to figure out the percentage of flow reduction versus percentage open area of a screening mesh. Done properly, your delta in efficiency in pretty finite.

I'll personally take that small loss over ever having stink bugs cook off in my furnace EVER again!
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Old 03-24-2015, 03:12 PM   #23
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RV Travel.com does NOT recommend putting screens over these openings.
OK but the majority of folks here many who have been camping for many years DO cover them with no problems.
In fact there have been several here who had major problems with bugs
but I've never heard from one who had a problem with the screens so you
make the call.

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Old 03-24-2015, 03:13 PM   #24
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RV Travel.com does NOT recommend putting screens over these openings. They say it can cause trouble by restricting air flow to your appliances. They recommend covering the openings when your RV is not in use and uncovering when you use it. These people are the experts so I am going with their advice.
Do you have the URL of the article where they recommend that RVers do NOT use bug screens? I'd like to study their recommendations.

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Old 03-24-2015, 03:15 PM   #25
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I have covered mine like this starting back in 1976 and have not had a refrigerator or water heater malfunction of any kind on 9 different campers. I also put dual fans on the back of the refrigerator and can guarantee I get more air across the back of any non-screened refrigerator vent door. JMHO
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Old 03-24-2015, 04:43 PM   #26
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RV Travel.com does NOT recommend putting screens over these openings. They say it can cause trouble by restricting air flow to your appliances. They recommend covering the openings when your RV is not in use and uncovering when you use it. These people are the experts so I am going with their advice.
I have always had my openings covered with bug screens and never had a problem with any appliance. I have seen on may camping trips insects looking for a way into these areas. I don't know that Not covering these areas is good advice.
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However, I use stainless steel mesh with same opening size and wire gauge on the water heater vents (mounted inside cover) because it's a cleaner look over two individual exterior covers (Camco solution). The mesh can be purchased from McMaster-Carr.
What gauge mesh did you use? I'm looking to do the same thing. Thank you!
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If anyone wants to see RV.coms recommendations, just google their website and look for the article
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I will continue covering the openings in the water heater door and the refrigerator access door with alum screen wire as I've been doing for years, regardless of what RV Travel.com says. IMO, they are "Out to lunch"
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