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Old 12-06-2011, 02:17 PM   #11
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Great question - this has been the source of alot of discussion at all of our plants the last 24 hours as we've found a couple of different ways that it's being done including running a self-tapper in some situations. We are reviewing all of our installations for a best practice that we can use across the board.

An FYI: The ducts that I have accessed on my 2011 Flagstaff Fifth Wheel are secured with tape and one tapping screw.
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Old 12-06-2011, 02:31 PM   #12
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Great question - this has been the source of alot of discussion at all of our plants the last 24 hours as we've found a couple of different ways that it's being done including running a self-tapper in some situations. We are reviewing all of our installations for a best practice that we can use across the board.
I've been doing residential HVAC for over 35 years and common practice is tape & at least 2 screws. One county in our area requires 3 screws. In some cases a panduit strap (zip-tie) is used as well. In most cases duct-tape has been replaced with aluminum tape. Glad to hear it's being looked into for a common solution. When standards are established the grey areas disappear.
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Old 12-06-2011, 02:34 PM   #13
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I recognize the word duct tape was used by a poster but we use aluminum tape on all of these applications.

A zip tie seems too easy. Does this hold up long term with the heat?
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I recognize the word duct tape was used by a poster but we use aluminum tape on all of these applications.

A zip tie seems too easy. Does this hold up long term with the heat?
The type of zip-tie I'm talking about is about 3/8" wide [other use is riot control handcuffs], not the type used for electrical work. The screws and tape are the most commonly used and the reliability is the best.
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Old 12-06-2011, 03:38 PM   #15
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Got it - I could probably use the zip ties for the riot control but maybe not a good idea for the heat duct .

Thanks for your input
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i own a HVAC company and this is the first thing I looked at after getting new RV home. I put a panduit strap on each duct run.
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Old 02-16-2012, 09:42 PM   #17
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Have your people checked into the wheel hub/lug nut problem that I am having on my 270 Crusader? Sent photographs in to RS at corporate and Three Way Camper here in Marietta. GA. Would like an answer from someone soon...cannot take it out like it is..thanks RV Guy


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Yes, there are several people on this. I'm pretty sure I know the answer but I'm getting confirmation from our vendor first before posting an answer. Needless to say, there are alot of folks here (and a couple of self-professed experts) waiting for an answer and we understand the anxiety involved with the appearance of the situation.

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I have done HVAC for 20 years, If you are using flex pipe, Take a plastic tie rap around and pull it tight unless you have the tool to do it automatically (makes it a lot tighter). Then put a 1/4" self tapping drive screw though the tie and into the metal duct then a good grade of duct tape around the connection. Either household or RV HVAC, it's all the same recommend procedure. Hope this helps, safe and warm wishes.
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Great question - this has been the source of alot of discussion at all of our plants the last 24 hours as we've found a couple of different ways that it's being done including running a self-tapper in some situations. We are reviewing all of our installations for a best practice that we can use across the board.

OK, Iím impressed. A manufacturer rep that admits to a problem and works to resolve the issue instead of posting a bunch of BS and excuses as to how this couldnít have happened during the build of the trailer.

We're in the market for a new trailer and I wish I could say that I would be considering the purchase of a Prime Time fifth wheel but the nearest dealer is over 250 miles away.
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