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Old 01-02-2014, 04:40 PM   #31
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I doubt DW would allow me to cut I to the wall either. Secondly, I'd be a little unsure of myself. Thank you letting me know that it can be done. As full timers, that may be a really good idea. Please send pics, either of you guys. Thanks!
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Old 01-02-2014, 04:51 PM   #32
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You can find pics here! Cedar Creek RV Owners Club • View topic - Changing Microwave to exhaust out of camper
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Old 01-02-2014, 05:19 PM   #33
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I will have to get DW to help me send a picture but Cedar Creek has a template and if I can sometime this weekend I will take a picture of it and post it
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Old 01-03-2014, 08:40 AM   #34
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Joe,

Great project, a little scary with the internal wires, but doable. Where did you get the vent? Looks like a good project and I may give it a try. If I run into problems I live just south of you on Eagle Bend Island on the Nassau River (North Jacksonville) maybe I could take a look at your install.
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:05 AM   #35
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In response to Post#24...
Without discussing (or arguing) the merits of the of individual points, I must admit that I'm stuck on the one labeled as #3, Odors. I wonder why one would want to remove those wonderful cooking aromas that we love. The smell of coffee and breakfast permeating the unit and waking us from our sleep. Garlic and onions sautéing in preparation of the evening meal. Bread and cookies baking in the oven and the list goes on.
X2.

And we cook a lot of stuff outside, which reminds me - they say that the "grill marks" on food are carcinogens too...

Anyhow, I could see where maybe with a park model or for a full timer, no outside vent is an issue. Just have it modified. The relatively small cost is a lot easier than trying to fight the manufacturer and the gov't. No different, in my opinion, than adding say a power tongue jack, nice set of wheel chocks, a high end anti-sway hitch. There are lots of good safety-related upgrades people add after they buy an RV.

Every apartment I ever had (and one house) had recirculating fans over the stove. Messy, but not against code. You can still buy/install them, so I doubt you can get much traction in trying to force the RV manufacturers not to use them.
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Old 01-04-2014, 05:19 PM   #36
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Joe,

Great project, a little scary with the internal wires, but doable. Where did you get the vent? Looks like a good project and I may give it a try. If I run into problems I live just south of you on Eagle Bend Island on the Nassau River (North Jacksonville) maybe I could take a look at your install.
Steve, I got the vent from Amazon. Info below:
Ventline (V2111-13) Polar White Horizontal Exterior Wall Vent

The use of the oscillating cutter tool Porter-Cable PCE605K Tradesman 31-Piece 3.0 Amp Oscillating Multi-Tool Kit with Case was paramount to doing a good job. A fine tooth blade and holding it so you only get enough penetration to cut the wood is what saved me from cutting the wires. You're certainly welcome to look at mine, but you probably wouldn't get any more out of a visual since it is all put together. When you get ready, let me know and I can message you my phone number. You can then call whenever you have questions or get into trouble!
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Put a vent in our rig in June '13 when I had to replace the Microwave (Cedar Creek provided the replacement, free). For us, it makes a world of difference when cooking. Two things to remember: small whole to start, enlarge as needed, and (2), flip the fan in the Microwave.
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Put a vent in our rig in June '13 when I had to replace the Microwave (Cedar Creek provided the replacement, free). For us, it makes a world of difference when cooking. Two things to remember: small whole to start, enlarge as needed, and (2), flip the fan in the Microwave.
Good advice Greentow. When I get around to this mod, I'm going to take it slow an easy when cutting....My DW will be happy,happy,happy when she has her vent
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Old 01-07-2014, 02:23 PM   #39
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Hey spock, see the link that I posted on post 8 of this thread. Tell the person that does the work to read my post. I found 12 volt DC wires and 120 volt AC wires in the wall where the vent goes. Also, when cutting the hole for my dryer vent, I found another 120 volt AC wire running through the wall at that location.
Thanks I plan to show whoever does the work the pictures on here. I like to smell some things cooking but after I eat the food I don't want to keep smelling the foods that I just cooked, I think I am a good cook. The DW hates the smell of a campfire but we can live with other campers with a campfire. I don't trust myself enough to do the work myself, some things I am good at and I am not good at sawing things and anything to do with electric, I have blew to many fuses at my house to mess with anything electric and I know you are suppouse to measure twice and cut once , I could measure ten times and still get it wrong. I may take camper to a auto body shop and let them do it
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Old 01-10-2014, 05:37 PM   #40
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Good news folks! I found an RV repair guy to install an outside exhaust vent for my recirculating range hood. If you have one of those new vibrating type saws (mine is 800 miles away at home) the job is a cinch. It cuts through fiberglass and aluminum like butter and makes a really clean rectangular hole. Yes, there were wires running through the new hole, but with the shallow cut of the vibrating saw, they are much easier to avoid. And there was no need to buy a new hood - he just cut a matching hole in the back of the existing hood with 4” rotary grinder cutoff wheel, and taped over the recirculating passage with metal insulating tape. A bit more of the tape applied to seal the wall penetration, install the vent, seal with a little caulk and the job was done. The outside flapper type vent is a standard item available at most RV dealers for about $20.
Ours new vent works like a charm (just remember to open a window slightly to provide a little fresh air while it is running). And a big bonus is the smoke alarms don’t go off in the middle of a fry job! By the way, you folks without outside range vents whose smoke and CO alarms don’t go off when you are cooking in a closed space might want to check to make sure your alarms are in good working condition.
I should also mention I found a small sticker on the underside of my recirculating range hood stating: “Suitable for use in recreational vehicles only. To reduce risk of fire and to properly exhaust air, be sure to duct air outside - Do not exhaust air into spaces within walls, ceilings or into attics, crawl spaces.” Sounds like darned good advice to me - too bad the trailer manufacturer chose to ignore it.
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