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Old 11-20-2017, 01:19 PM   #1
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Stove fan vent

I consider myself pretty experienced and I do a lot of my own RV repairs but my vent for the stove , ie; the outside flap, itís secured itself somehow with two little tabs at the bottom and I have tried everything to try to figure out how I push those so the flap will open again, I did not realize it but my flapper has been closed or never opened in the 3 1/2 four years weíve owned our RV and I would like to figure out how to open it. I have pushed it in up down sideways took a screwdriver and try to pop it open nothing work, and I do not want to break it. does anybody know how to unfasten it?
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Old 11-20-2017, 01:32 PM   #2
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I have had the tabs on our wildwood stove vent glue themselves to the flapper and it took a little bit of effort to get them to rotate. The tabs should rotate. It's possible the pins they rotate on have corrode and swollen to the point they won't move.
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Old 11-20-2017, 01:35 PM   #3
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The two tabs at the bottom push up and pull out. Later RJD
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They are difficult. I do one side first. Put your thumbs underneath one and push up and away from the camper.
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Old 11-20-2017, 03:27 PM   #5
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Thanks a lot guys. GOT IT!!!
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Old 11-20-2017, 03:27 PM   #6
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They are difficult. I do one side first. Put your thumbs underneath one and push up and away from the camper.
X2 They are a really rotten design.
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Old 11-20-2017, 04:27 PM   #7
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X2 They are a really rotten design.
Well it might not be so bad if the doggoned vent wasn't seven feet off the ground... Reaching those tabs on tiptoe, with outstretched fingertips, is a chore.

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Old 12-23-2017, 10:20 PM   #8
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What first alerted you to the issue of them not opening. I ask because my 371REBH almost blows the burners out when I have the vent fan on.. makes it hard to cook evenly with all the flames blowing to one side,,
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Old 12-23-2017, 11:00 PM   #9
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Our fan was not removing much air and I was checking why and saw it was closed. Wow ur fan really moves a lot of air if itís doing that.
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What first alerted you to the issue of them not opening. I ask because my 371REBH almost blows the burners out when I have the vent fan on.. makes it hard to cook evenly with all the flames blowing to one side,,
Your fan is sucking air out, not blowing it in, right? If not it may wired backwards.
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Old 12-24-2017, 08:24 AM   #11
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Our fan was not removing much air and I was checking why and saw it was closed. Wow ur fan really moves a lot of air if itís doing that.
It's surprising for sure and frustrating as heck.. this may lead me to a resolution, so thank you.
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Your fan is sucking air out, not blowing it in, right? If not it may wired backwards.
Yes, the air seems to be coming from all-around the microwave.

I may need to pull it down and look for issue.
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Yes, the air seems to be coming from all-around the microwave.

I may need to pull it down and look for issue.
Sounds like the damper plate is not installed for wall venting. Look in your microwave manual. You will need the damper plate and will have to remove and rotate the fan motor to push air outside. What you describe is the fan motor is positioned for recirculation.
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Sounds like the damper plate is not installed for wall venting. Look in your microwave manual. You will need the damper plate and will have to remove and rotate the fan motor to push air outside. What you describe is the fan motor is positioned for recirculation.
I will look at that in a few days, unless I find time today (doubtful though).. Thank you
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Well it might not be so bad if the doggoned vent wasn't seven feet off the ground... Reaching those tabs on tiptoe, with outstretched fingertips, is a chore.

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Same here with my 304. Not the tallest person, so I used a step stool to reach it, then I made a wooden handle that I can reach it with now. Unlatching it is ok, but locking it back in for travel still is a little difficult.
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You would be Amazed at the number of people with "TT,5th wheels,MHs" that I have ask after they take me a Tour of their unit",Do you Ever Open your Stove Vent"? Their answer is always the same,"It is Automatic when you turn on the fan! Then I show them the 2 Tabs that must be "Pushed In & Up & Out" in order to OPEN these "New Improved Style" I will not Open them for them because Some take a LOT of force to achieve freeing the Door Flap! Some people have used the stove vent for "YEARS" not knowing the flap is closed! In regards to Air coming out around the MW,this is True the Air has to go somewhere if the Flap door is closed! Youroo!!
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You would be Amazed at the number of people with "TT,5th wheels,MHs" that I have ask after they take me a Tour of their unit",Do you Ever Open your Stove Vent"? Their answer is always the same,"It is Automatic when you turn on the fan! Then I show them the 2 Tabs that must be "Pushed In & Up & Out" in order to OPEN these "New Improved Style" I will not Open them for them because Some take a LOT of force to achieve freeing the Door Flap! Some people have used the stove vent for "YEARS" not knowing the flap is closed! In regards to Air coming out around the MW,this is True the Air has to go somewhere if the Flap door is closed! Youroo!!
Thank You!

The dealers should really go over that with a person when the purchase their unit.. as the assumed automatic is where I was. Just figured poor installation/quality control as that is the root of most of our issues..
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I will look at that in a few days, unless I find time today (doubtful though).. Thank you
You are welcome. Keep us posted.
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Even worse. Some RVs (MINE) do not even have the vent installed and the air sucks up from the burners and the blower sends it up toward the ceiling. Wonderful feature - NOT!! I'll have to R&R MW, cut wall, install vent, ... simple 5 minute job at factory will be all day event for owner.Don't even get me going about FR!


Aside from not having access to a bathroom while driving, my TT was better! It even had a complete outside Kitchen and better storage inside.
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Your fan is sucking air out, not blowing it in, right? If not it may wired backwards.
That was my first thought.
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