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Old 08-13-2012, 10:45 AM   #1
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We recently purchased a Salem cruise light 181bh it has a double bed with a bunk above in the rear. We just returned from glacier national park. Everything worked well my husbands only complaint was the bed was soo hot. No air circulation. I was curious if anyone has any tips or hints. He is thinking of talking to the rv dealership about adding another window. Has anyone ever done so? I think it will be very expensive if they will do it at all.
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:05 AM   #2
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You probably have a roof vent in the bedroom...you could add a fan to that.

It's not impossible to add a window, but it'll be expensive. The extra window is no guarantee of better ventilation if it's still outside.

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Old 08-13-2012, 10:40 PM   #3
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That's the problem we only have a vent and fan in the bathroom.

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Because of the bunk and cabinet above the heat stays in and is almost like a cave
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:42 PM   #4
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Maybe a clip on fan? I know there is a plug in for it, maybe that might help?
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:46 PM   #5
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That will work for us when we have hook ups, but we spend a lot of time in campgrounds with no power. I'm not keen on buying tons of batteries every time we go camping
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:55 PM   #6
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What about exchanging out the bathroom vent fan for a Fantastic Fan? It can run off your trailer battery when there are no hook ups. Most Fantastic Fan models are reversable so you can remove the warmer air or bring in cooler air.

I did this and was worth the investment. The bathroom is on the other end of the trailer from the bed.

But got to say that I haven't ran the Fantastic Fan much without hook ups so someone else will need to add their two cents on this suggestion.

Also keep in mind the heat issue is more of a problem during the hotter months.
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:02 PM   #7
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Also what about tent fans? I know they usually run on batteries but might be worth the cost and effort if it makes the bed area comfortable.

Of course it wouldn't hurt to price adding a window either.

I have a different unit but I like to open my emergency window which is in the bed area.
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If you are handy with tools you this would be rather simple, if not, you can consider the cost of the window + an upcharge, + labor.

Overall, it could be a good investment and probably less than $200

My suggestion - go for it...
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12 volt fans are available - I found some at Flying J.

I would start by upgrading the fan in the bathroom vent. The fan in our bathroom vent was dinky and doesn't really do much. The fantastic fans (and similar brands) move much more air.

When plugged into shore power the clip on fans (Walmart) work well. I put one in each bunk. I have small rectangular fan that sits next to the bed and helps to pull in the cooler outside air. An additional bonus is the fan white noise helps mask outside noise and helps the children fall asleep.

Instead of adding a window I'd probably put in another vent with fan (like a fantastic fan) in the bedroom area. I think that would actually exhaust the heat faster.
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Just curious...if one wanted to add a new window would the dealer/service department do that or would it need to go back to the manufacturer? I would like a larger window in the bed area of my Rockwood 2109S or better yet to have the front window with a screen so it could be opened.
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