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Old 08-09-2015, 08:05 PM   #1
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Creaking vents - Hot lights

I have a new Cedar Creek fiver which has creaking in the AC air vents. It does it anytime the AC is running or just air is flowing through. The funny thing is it's only in the back near the rear AC. The front AC is doing the same thing, but only in the same rear vents. Anybody have the same problem?

Another question, I read about people saying the overhead lights are hot, I also thought F.R. stated in their adds that they are suppose to be a much cooler light. Well, the ones I have are hot also, all of them. Seems something is wrong here. I do know I had porcelain puck lights in my last RV and they were much cooler.

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Old 08-09-2015, 08:38 PM   #2
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My CC is a 2012 model and all of the lights were incandescent light bulbs. They produced a bunch of heat. I switched them all out for LED lamps. No more heat and they don't use as much power. Win-win!
What year model is your CC?
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Old 08-09-2015, 09:33 PM   #3
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I believe the new CC uses led light modules in the ceiling lights based on several reports here ( search melted lights) the LED drivers (not the LEDs themselves) are either poor quality or undersized and they get very hot and have melted the lens. If you have these lights you should contact FR and insist they replace them.
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Flybob is right ... at least the 2015's and newer have round LED's that run extremely hot (actually the circuit board the LED's are imbedded in). I'd keep an eye on them and not leave them on if you leave the fiver. So ar all I've got is replacements for burnt up wiring on the circuit board or melted lenses. My A/C had more of a vibrating or growling sound near the rear ducts. I ended up taking the screws out of the base of the unit on the roof, tilting it over, and looking inside the ductwork. Wires laying everywhere. I wire tied them up off the duct floor, replaced the screws and bonnet ... no more noise. 2016 Silverback
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Old 08-10-2015, 09:34 AM   #5
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I have replaced all lights in my 2015 36CKTS. Picked the up up the first week in February and by the end of February the lights were failing. CC sent me new ones and said it was a bad batch.


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Old 08-10-2015, 03:59 PM   #6
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Have any of you looked to see if the insulation in the ceiling is on the lights holding in the heat. Also several of the luxury line coaches are now putting a couple pipe vents in the roof near the top of the rise to vent the "attic" area of heat and help vent out any moisture from cold air going through the AC ducts. Even though they are thin aluminum covered Styrofoam the will condensate on extreme weather days. I have felt the moisture on the vents after a customer was complaining of drips.
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Old 08-10-2015, 09:02 PM   #7
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I have a new Cedar Creek fiver which has creaking in the AC air vents. It does it anytime the AC is running or just air is flowing through. The funny thing is it's only in the back near the rear AC. The front AC is doing the same thing, but only in the same rear vents. Anybody have the same problem?

Another question, I read about people saying the overhead lights are hot, I also thought F.R. stated in their adds that they are suppose to be a much cooler light. Well, the ones I have are hot also, all of them. Seems something is wrong here. I do know I had porcelain puck lights in my last RV and they were much cooler.

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Anyone who has the "Puck" lights are not just hot, they are WAY to hot to touch without burning your hand, and this is because they are Halogen lights" not incandesant bulbs Both are hot but the halogen could cook and egg!

I like so many for the heat issue, the power issue, the cooling issue from the lights, and the power bill ( I am seasonal) I went to LED years ago, I also purchased them direct and saved a ton of money all the way around. And now the halogens are all Led and are cool to the touch.

As for the AC issue all I can think of (I do not own a new CC, but they went to a full return style ac system a couple of years ago, and it should like you are hearing the vent system filling with air, to provide the system with all the benefits of a full return system.
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Old 08-12-2015, 05:57 PM   #8
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Regarding the creaking of the vents? We had the same noise. Removed the vent grills and found several pieces of broken styrofoam insulation sticking up in the vents, most I Could reach and tape down but, there was one that was past my reach I took a coat hanger and got it to come loose. Now no noise.
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Old 08-12-2015, 07:58 PM   #9
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With our new 2016 Silverback 29RE I've noticed the LED lights that have the push button On-Off switch are warmer than the wall switched puck ceiling lights. Keeping an eye on the push button units 😳
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I agree ... all my LED ceiling light circuit boards run hot, but the pushbutton LED's run noticably hotter. We don't use the push button ones unless we just have to after 4 of mine (so far) have either shorted out or melted the lenses. I've talked at length with the warranty reps at Forest River and sent photos of my burnt up lights, but all the light manufacturer is willing to do so far is keep sending me relpacements. I beg to differ with silverback 35TS ... 2015 and 2016 units have LED ceiling lights not "halogen".
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