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Old 09-03-2014, 08:40 PM   #1
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Range Hood Vent Flap Broken

Hi everyone - I checked the posts but did not find a problem similar to mine. The two tabs on my range hood vent flap have broken off and the vent flap will now fall off, exposing a hole to the inside of the trailer, a 2010 Mini Lite. I need to keep the lower swivels fastened to keep the hole covered. I think I may need a total replacement. Any thoughts? Thanks
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Old 09-03-2014, 08:50 PM   #2
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Get a pc of bronze brazing rod the complete length of the flap plus enough to extend into the pivot holes and secure it to the flap with a wrap of thin alum and pop rivets and some silicone to keep it from shifting. Did it to our 08 Flagstaff and it was still holding when we traded it off 4 yrs later.
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Old 09-03-2014, 09:15 PM   #3
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Get a pc of bronze brazing rod the complete length of the flap plus enough to extend into the pivot holes and secure it to the flap with a wrap of thin alum and pop rivets and some silicone to keep it from shifting. Did it to our 08 Flagstaff and it was still holding when we traded it off 4 yrs later.
pvillebly, from experience, I can tell you that this fix will work out better than buying a new unit. I bought a new one and went through the de-caulk/re-caulk, etc., process and the new one broke on the next trip!
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Old 09-04-2014, 01:40 AM   #4
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I have a related problem: one of the lower swivels is missing. Are replacements available?
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Here is my fix.

http://campinglifewithmatt.blogspot....-vent.html?m=1
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Old 09-04-2014, 07:04 AM   #6
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What I suggest is after a fix, or to prevent flap failure, I wedge a piece of pipe insulation up under the outside cowl putting pressure against the flap before flight. Also, added that to the pre-flight check list. That takes care of flapping (thus wear and tear) during flight.
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Old 09-04-2014, 07:27 AM   #7
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We have one fix for broken flap pins in the FAQ.
I fixed mine that way years ago and it will never break again.
2 tiny brass hinges from the hardware store and 30 minutes time
and it's fixed for good.
See post 5 in this thread for pictures--
Lost Range Vent Cover and a possible easy fix

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or,just order a replacement damper.....

Heng's Polar White Replacement Damper for Exhaust Vents - Range, Hood & Vent Parts - Ranges & Cooktops - RV Appliances
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And if you plan on taking 6 trips on the highway, order a dozen as you'll need them.
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Old 09-05-2014, 12:04 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone for the great information. I took a look at my vent and decided to go with a total replacement as mine has yellowed quite a bit. Hope the new polar white unit will dress up my MiniLite. Played it safe and ordered an extra damper flap and will also file all the other repair techniques as I expect my flap will break again in the future.
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