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Old 01-22-2014, 11:30 AM   #11
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Basement Ducts

Don't forget...on my 2006 Sandpiper 335RLT 5er there is also a duct going to the basement (storage compartment). It does well to keep the water filter, tanks and pipes and other stuff I keep down there from freezing. However, it does reduce the flow in the bedroom register. My fix is a small ceramic 750/1500 watt electric heater from Lowes.

Turbs, I am looking fwd to see your mod...Thanks for sharing
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Old 01-26-2014, 07:47 PM   #12
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I emptied out the storage area and found the outlet for the hot air. It had been damaged by pushing stuff into the area repeatedly. Effectively the vent was wide open. In addition I looked at the vent fitting and it protruded almost 2" into the duct work. The duct work itself was only about 2" deep; this effectively blocked of a great amount of the air flow. As Turbs pointed out, the routing of the duct work is pretty haphazard, it comes out of the kitchen area, under the storage area with one vent in it, then across the rest of the storage area up a flexible tube to more duct-work that goes back across the top of the storage area to the bedroom vent and finally the bathroom.

I plan to move the vertical pipe from the front of the storage area, back to where the vent is, and block off the unused duct-work.

Closing off the vent in the storage area restored some of the airflow in the bedroom / bathroom, but I think there is room for improvement.
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:35 AM   #13
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I emptied out the storage area and found the outlet for the hot air. It had been damaged by pushing stuff into the area repeatedly. Effectively the vent was wide open. In addition I looked at the vent fitting and it protruded almost 2" into the duct work. The duct work itself was only about 2" deep; this effectively blocked of a great amount of the air flow. As Turbs pointed out, the routing of the duct work is pretty haphazard, it comes out of the kitchen area, under the storage area with one vent in it, then across the rest of the storage area up a flexible tube to more duct-work that goes back across the top of the storage area to the bedroom vent and finally the bathroom.

I plan to move the vertical pipe from the front of the storage area, back to where the vent is, and block off the unused duct-work.

Closing off the vent in the storage area restored some of the airflow in the bedroom / bathroom, but I think there is room for improvement.
Dont forget pictures!

Sounds good!

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Old 01-27-2014, 11:55 AM   #14
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Thanks for the reminder, I would probably totally forgotten to take any.

Just need to make up a shopping list now. The plan is to run flexi-pipe straight up from the storage floor vent to the overhead ducting, block off both the floor and overhead ducting where the current flexi-pipe runs and maybe put an additional, adjustable vent in the overhead duct work for the storage area. We very rarely camp anywhere we'd need to use heat in that area so I will probably not bother.

Once I start I will look at the feasibility of removing the rear wall in the storage area, and if it is simple I will try to put the vertical flexi pipe there so as not to reduce space.
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Thanks for the reminder, I would probably totally forgotten to take any.

Just need to make up a shopping list now. The plan is to run flexi-pipe straight up from the storage floor vent to the overhead ducting, block off both the floor and overhead ducting where the current flexi-pipe runs and maybe put an additional, adjustable vent in the overhead duct work for the storage area. We very rarely camp anywhere we'd need to use heat in that area so I will probably not bother.

Once I start I will look at the feasibility of removing the rear wall in the storage area, and if it is simple I will try to put the vertical flexi pipe there so as not to reduce space.
Can wait to see !

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I had a problem with my Sabre furnace not heating well and short cycling the burner. Had the dealer check it out and they removed over 20 feet of extra flexible duct work. When it was built if there was a fairly straight 3 foot run they would have 6 or more feet of duct work snaked around instead of cutting to fit. Furnace now works 100% better, as it should.
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Old 02-02-2014, 02:23 PM   #17
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The Plot Thickens

Today I decided to do some further investigating into the heating issue, specifically the ductwork around the furnace area. I decided on the hi-tech approach, and stuck my digital camera into the ductwork. The results were a little surprising. They are shown below in a plan sketch of the ducting.



So it now seems that other than taking the base off the rig and mosifying the ductwork, the best solution is to:

1> Put adjustable registers into the living area and close them down at night,
and;
2> Clean up the ductwork in the storage area to give a smoother airflow.


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