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Old 06-29-2010, 11:54 AM   #1
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Changing/cleaning AC filter

I have a new 2010 Flagstaff 829RGSS. During the pre-delivery walk-through the tech said I should unscrew the inside plastic vent cover (on the ceiling) to remove the filter for changing/cleaning. That does seem normal to me.

However, this cover is caulked around the edges which indicates to me that it wasn't made to be removed routinely. Obviously, I can cut the seal to remove it, but I'd like to know if that is truly my only option. In previous TTs that had the same type of AC vent cover I don't remember them being caulked.

Was it just caulked by mistake for some reason?

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Old 06-29-2010, 03:36 PM   #2
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I don't ever recall an AC vent cover being caulked around the edges on the inside. I think it must have been caulked in error.

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Old 06-29-2010, 05:08 PM   #3
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I have never seen the AC vent caulked either. I would contact Forest River and talk with them. Since your RV is new that would mean it had to be done at the factory or possibly the dealer caulked it to stop it from vibrating. None the less IMHO it is not right and the factory should know and/or explain why it has been caulked. If it is an error or was done to fix poor workmanship Forest River needs to know. They also need to know that there are a lot of their customers and future customers visiting this site and when workmanship problems arise .... well you know what I mean.
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Old 07-10-2010, 07:53 AM   #4
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There are 2 tabs on the A/C intake, usually at each end of the intake. If you push on these tabs, It should swing down and expose the filter which will almost fall out. I rinse mine out with some mild detergent and warm water and let dry and re-install.
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Old 07-10-2010, 08:41 PM   #5
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If you rinse the filter with water from the opposit way in which the filter collects the dirt and then use a paper towel to dry it then you can install it right a way. When I do this process I turn the a/c off so that there is no additional dirt pulled in by the return with out the filter in place.
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