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Old 03-22-2015, 08:39 PM   #1
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Added the Fabulous Operating Products SAM-1 range hood upgrade. It is everything they say and more. On low speed (3 speed) it draws more air to the outside than the old hood and you can barely hear it. On high it really moves air. The LED light is a major improvement, as well; having a bright setting and a low like a night light setting. The damper opens and closes from the inside. It is made in the USA by a small company. I saw it in Trailer Life.

If installed on a Ventline hood, it is easy and the instructions are for this brand. However, on the Heng it isn't easy; some metal work involved. For the faint of heart, it might be better to buy the Ventline then upgrade.

Almost makes me want to cook something on the stove!
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Old 03-22-2015, 10:59 PM   #2
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Very glad to hear this report. I had actually just placed an order for one this past week and am looking very forward to receiving and installing it. Your report is exactly the results I was hoping to have too.


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Old 03-22-2015, 11:23 PM   #3
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I also ordered the kit last week and received it Saturday. TT is put away until the weather warms up a bit before I start installation. Getting ready to get going again but 2 inches new snow on the ground with another couple by morning here in Minnesota. Looking forward to the improvement.
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Added the Fabulous Operating Products SAM-1 range hood upgrade. It is everything they say and more. On low speed (3 speed) it draws more air to the outside than the old hood and you can barely hear it. On high it really moves air. The LED light is a major improvement, as well; having a bright setting and a low like a night light setting. The damper opens and closes from the inside. It is made in the USA by a small company. I saw it in Trailer Life.

If installed on a Ventline hood, it is easy and the instructions are for this brand. However, on the Heng it isn't easy; some metal work involved. For the faint of heart, it might be better to buy the Ventline then upgrade.

Almost makes me want to cook something on the stove!

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I also saw this product review in Trailer Life. May I ask how long it took to install? Where did you get one?
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Old 03-22-2015, 11:31 PM   #5
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I bought the first one sold at Goshen last year. It works great and does the job quietly! Worthwhile upgrade! The nuts on the Pancake motor where loose, i tightened them and added looking notches in the threads.
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Old 03-23-2015, 10:25 AM   #6
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To answer a couple of questions and note that or B and B. First a response from the company owner, Larry Milks (I have no affiliation, just a happy customer)

"You can order on line through Scott Nehoda using: RVVent.com website then hit the SAM1 hyperlink. Scott does business through PayPal.

I do not offer range hoods but have purchased Ventline hoods (the absolute easiest to convert) on line that we converted for testing, prototypes and displays. Many discounted scratch and ding models are available but Ventline series B, PH, SO and T are also out there new. You're looking for the exact width, depth, height and color to convert and reinstall under cabinet. Depending on the year and model, some Heng's are reasonable to convert, others tough.

If you go through the installation pictures on our web site; Home, you'll see probably the toughest Heng's hood we converted that had almost 40 spot welds we cut to get to the original hood that we easily fit from there. A auto body spot weld cutter does a nice job but you should come up with an extension for it to make life easiest. Virtually any hood can be converted to SAM-1 but one should plan on an unrushed half to full day installation. Hoods with monitor panels require a Dremmel tool to properly cut opening and fit our ventilator.

Clint, any questions or issues contact me direct by return email, phone 1-810-969-4450 or cell 810-441-2633 any time (I'm on an eastern clock)."

It took me slightly less than 4 hours, but part of that time was getting silicone off the outside of the camper and working with a hole cut by FR, that was over an inch too large. Also, the Heng model I started with is nothing like the one in the picture; so there most be a lot of models out there. I am sure the range hood I have must be the poorest made, which made installation harder than some. I do recommend looking at the installation instructions Larry suggested.

And like B and B suggested, I also checked fasteners, but didn't think to add lock-tite.

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Hi Clint,
Thank you very much! I do have a ventline hood so I ordered the Sam-1 upgrade. I bought it on rvvent.com. They asked what color exterior grille and had to go to storage lot and look before I bought. There are 2 colors, white or black for the grille. I'll have to paint some of the grille to match my exterior. I called Fabulous Operating Products and talked to Larry. I found out he was one of the original owners of Fantastic Vent. Sounds like a good pedigree for the Sam1.

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Old 03-23-2015, 08:03 PM   #8
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I purchased the SAM-1 and received it today. However, since it was 14 deg when received, still snow bound and camper still covered, it will be a while until I can install it. Not sure what model vent hood I have.
Looking forward to improved results where the smoke alarm does not go off when making toast!
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My brother and sister in law installed their SAM-1 in December. They leave it running non-stop with the light on low unless they are cooking. The motor is so quiet you cannot hear it running unless it is on medium or high.
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As stated above, when this thread started I had just ordered a SAM-1 Range Hood Upgrade Kit by Fabulous Operating Products. I originally heard of the kit through a post somewhere here on this Forum and began researching it as the loud and obnoxious range hood fans in our current and previous travel trailer had always been almost intolerable.

I emailed the company with a few questions and one of the owners promptly emailed me back the next day, answered my questions, gave a little more insight into their operation and suggested a couple different vendors I could purchase one through.

I decided to order through Bud's Trailer Center in Burton, Michigan. Very polite and helpful vendor, would definitely purchase through them again. Ordered on the 20th and received on the 26th. Total cost including tax and shipping was $210. I know, some people are probably thinking that is a lot of money for a fan and light kit, but if it makes it where you can actually hold a conversation inside the RV while the fan is operating it is well worth it.

The Range Hood Kit was packaged well, looked well constructed and installed easily. My vent hood apparently is one of the ones that it fits best, as I did not have to do any metal fab work. I will say the weight difference between the original "Tin Box" and the new one was dramatic. I would bet the new one weighed four times what the old one did.

It took me about an hour to complete the installation which was fairly straight forward. I did not change my outside vent cover as I preferred the style on my RV already versus the one that came with the kit.

When I first started the fan I immediately realized my $210 investment was well worth it and I knew my Bride would be pleased when she heard it. The LED light strip is very nice and bright too. I love the three speed option of the fan. As far as noise from it, I would not go so far as to say you can not hear it run on low speed. But, the amount of noise from it is more what I would expect and consider very acceptable for a fan to accomplish its job in this application.

I did attempt to perform noise level test before and after the installation, which I realize are in no way scientific before someone starts getting all technical and such. I just wanted someway to try and see what difference there was besides me feeling good because I spent money on an upgrade.

Using a Decibel App on my Iphone I took ambient noise level readings without anything running inside the RV and kept getting right around 38-40 db. (Like I said, I understand the accuracy of an Iphone App for measuring sound pressure is not ideal) With the original fan unit the readings were 78-80 db. After installing the SAM-1 I had 57-60 db readings whether the fan was on low, medium or high speed. All of the readings were taken with the phone laying next to the stove top in the exact same location.

So, bottom line is I found a 20 db noise reduction, have a very, very happy wife and would highly recommend this Range Hood Upgrade Kit to anyone who has one of the obnoxiously noisy OEM fans that you can't talk over inside the RV and the neighbors three sites down can hear from the outside.
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