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Old 08-07-2012, 01:00 PM   #11
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Our last TT (Keystone Passport) was the same way...no external vent from the range hood. We didn't notice it until after we purchased. Our current TT has an external range hood vent, which we greatly prefer.
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Old 08-07-2012, 01:32 PM   #12
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Another reason for wanting an exterior vent is the smell that is caused from cooking. In the small confined space of an RV, some cooking odors are going to be pretty obnoxious. Even with an exterior vent, we try and avoid cooking anything with strong odors like bacon, garlic, etc. and mostly use the cooktop only for boiling things like veggies if there is no room on the grille.

Wondering - is it possible to retrofit an exterior vent? Wouldn't it just be a case of installing a new hood, cutting a hole (assuming structure isn't in the way) and installing a vent hood on the outside?
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:45 PM   #13
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This is not a case of forgetting to unlock the exterior venting -- there is no exterior venting.

We were supplied with the documentation for all the components in the trailer and the installation instructions for the range hood indicate that it must be installed with appropriate exterior venting.

It appears that Shasta (Forest River) is installing components in a way not recommended by the manufacturer of said components.

In discussions now with our dealer regarding who will pay for this to be fixed.
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Old 08-07-2012, 03:48 PM   #14
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If they used the word "MUST", it just might be a safety issue, after all.

That's the angle I would take in getting this resolved.

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Old 08-07-2012, 10:39 PM   #15
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The apartment that our son and his wife lived in after they were first married had a big gas log fire in the living room. I was surprised there was no chimney - the exhaust came into the room. When I queried it, he said he'd had asked the management about it and they said that the CO output from the fireplace was actually less than from the gas stove in the kitchen and that wasn't vented either.

At my suggestion, they put an extractor fan through the wall to outside that came on whenever the fireplace was on.

In the RV, your kitchen extractor fan will take care of any CO emissions from the stove. Just remember to have it on whenever the stove is burning.
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Old 08-09-2012, 03:33 PM   #16
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Just an update -- our dealer has agreed to fix this. According to them the range hood must be vented to the outside.

It is not clear whether this is a one-off problem from the factory or not.
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Old 08-09-2012, 03:55 PM   #17
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Just an update -- our dealer has agreed to fix this. According to them the range hood must be vented to the outside.

It is not clear whether this is a one-off problem from the factory or not.
Surprised because like Herk said the microwave in mine has filtering for removing air contaminants.
There's a Fantastic vent within a few inches of the stove. It can move much more cfm than the "vent" fan can produce.
Finally I would think the less cuts or openings cut in laminated walls the less changes of later year delamination due to water ingress. The worst damage of all. I had a vent in the side and had to change the hood and door twice in 8 years as it deterioated.
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Old 08-09-2012, 04:02 PM   #18
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Another reason for wanting an exterior vent is the smell that is caused from cooking. In the small confined space of an RV, some cooking odors are going to be pretty obnoxious. Even with an exterior vent, we try and avoid cooking anything with strong odors like bacon, garlic, etc. and mostly use the cooktop only for boiling things like veggies if there is no room on the grille.

Wondering - is it possible to retrofit an exterior vent? Wouldn't it just be a case of installing a new hood, cutting a hole (assuming structure isn't in the way) and installing a vent hood on the outside?
Outside kitchen will remove all those odors ! Lol
One of the main reasons we have one.
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Outside kitchen will remove all those odors ! Lol
One of the main reasons we have one.
Yea, we know, it's really your wonderful wife's way of keeping your sorry rear out of the trailer and out of her sight and it's probably not just the cooking odors either. I bet she makes you do the dishes out there also.
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Old 08-09-2012, 04:17 PM   #20
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Yea, we know, it's really your wonderful wife's way of keeping your sorry rear out of the trailer and out of her sight and it's probably not just the cooking odors either. I bet she makes you do the dishes out there also.
Half true!
I do 90 % of the cooking so I don't mind.
I do my dishes only ! Lol
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