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Old 04-28-2016, 03:59 PM   #11
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maybe you could use some kind of industrial strength balloon or bladder on a hose, stick the hose down the duct then slowly inflate to open the duct up.

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Old 04-28-2016, 04:36 PM   #12
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I'm hoping, a new AC unit is installed in the front room - it's ready for it!!

If that's done, then I think I can eventually add another vent in the bathroom area, where the existing vent is crushed. By adding a vent there, I would be able to work in the area that has an issue, fix it, then put a vent cover back up there.

I think the bathroom could use a vent anyhow!!

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Old 04-28-2016, 04:53 PM   #13
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I don't know why FR lets this stuff out of the factories and I'm sure your unit was built in a different factory than mine. Same thing happened with our FW, duct work was "crushed" somewhere between the kitchen and bedroom. It came with only one AC in the rear and couldn't cool the BR in FL heat and humidity.

In all fairness, our dealer was great and their tech is the one who found the problem. FR's solution was to install a second AC in the BR at their cost. It seemed like a good idea at the time but it caused a build up of extreme condensation in a four foot area on the ceiling where the ducting wasn't letting air flow go by. So, don't let them do any more blocking of the ducting because you'll end up with mold/mildew problems somewhere down the road, after your warranty expires.

The real fix is to reverse the build and remove the roof, as you were told. We subsequently experienced some other serious problems. After a lot of negotiation, FR agreed to bring the FW back to the factory for the major repairs. We were in the 11th month of ownership at that point. They also agreed to extend our warranty an additional year. In the end, we decided we just didn't want to deal with FR and a unit we no longer trusted to go long term. However, FR has a reputation of really doing a good job with factory repairs, so my suggestion is to find the proper contact person at FR and start a dialogue.
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Old 04-29-2016, 08:09 AM   #14
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You stated that it is less than 1 year old. It's under warranty. Why not have it fixed properly????? You might miss the 16 camping season SO WHAT! If the crushed place can be found by measurement, the ceiling can be cut out and the repair can be made. Then a Fake Vent put in its place. Or a flat sealed off return vent put in it's place. No one will every be the wiser as to what went on. Think outside the box. The material required can be bought at Home Depot.
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Old 04-29-2016, 09:44 AM   #15
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If you have a larger RV the second A/C is worth it. On hot days one 15k A/C doesn't keep up and the second one will make the difference. This doesn't fix the crushed vents problem but is an easy satisfying result.

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