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Old 06-20-2016, 11:37 AM   #1
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Closing the stove vent when traveling

So that little tiny flapper cover on the outside of your trailer for the stove vent. The dealer tells me to close it whenever traveling but its so darn hard to open and close I would prefer to just leave it open. Since it is completely surrounded with a vent shield (the only opening is straight down) I am assuming this would be OK but need to hear from the experts first.
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Ours opens easily on one side, but really stiff on the other. It does get easier over time, though. What I do is open the easy side, and then run my fingers under it to help pry the other side open. It's not perfect, but it does work.
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Old 06-20-2016, 11:57 AM   #3
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It's ideal to keep it close during tow. Although you do have a cover over it, during the tow, the Venturi effect will 'suck' the flapper door open, thus allow debris and bugs to enter. The trick we'd found when opening and closing this flapper is to push up under each tab, then push in or pull out.

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So that little tiny flapper cover on the outside of your trailer for the stove vent. The dealer tells me to close it whenever traveling but its so darn hard to open and close I would prefer to just leave it open. Since it is completely surrounded with a vent shield (the only opening is straight down) I am assuming this would be OK but need to hear from the experts first.
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Old 06-20-2016, 12:01 PM   #4
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Unsnapped it when we got it home from the dealer. Hasn't been re-latched since!
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My worry would be bugs and critters entering while the vent is not in use. I understand the vent cover keeps out the rain, but creepy crawlers can still find their way in an open vent.
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My worry would be bugs and critters entering while the vent is not in use. I understand the vent cover keeps out the rain, but creepy crawlers can still find their way in an open vent.
There's a screen under the vent flap. And gravity tends to keep the flap shut.

You want creepy crawly and flying insect issues? Try the small thermal exhaust ports on the water heater and furnace. Them bugs'll force their way in there.

What about the lovely weather-protected space (open at the bottom) that protects the propane tanks.
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Old 06-20-2016, 01:34 PM   #7
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I generally leave mine open during the season and close it during winterization. Over 2 years of ownership and not one single problem. No critters, no bugs, nothing.

The ONLY problem is when it gets windy outside and the flap begins flapping around. That gets annoying, and I'll snap it closed if that happens.
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Had the same problem. When I finally got it open I put dielectric grease in the grooves which seems to have helped. Usually keep it closed unless I am using the stove.
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