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Old 06-19-2018, 09:09 AM   #1
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Northpoint 377rlbh (and others most likely) - vent on interior steps

I know i have read on here about someone or maybe multiple people sealing off or insulating the area around the vent in the middle step leading up to bedroom and bathroom. What exactly is that vent for? That is my main question.

It opens up to the area behind the outdoor kitchen and the vacuum hose is accessible from it. I am wondering if it serves any purpose other than access to a few wires and such from the inside without having to crawl into the belly to get to them.

This week where i am camping it is very hot and i have noticed as soon as someone turns on the bathroom fan you can feel the hot air being pulled in through that vent. With the outdoor kitchen open it is even worse.

I have some insulation that i am going to put in there to help but figured i would ask what people thought the purpose of it being there is for.

Thanks for any input.

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Old 06-19-2018, 09:24 AM   #2
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Return for furnace. i live in florida and dont close off that vent instead the back wall in the basement i closed off instead because i get the same as you when the basement door is open. i insulated the area to isolate the basement area off from the furnace area. But remember that if you cold camp you need that to be open.
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Old 06-19-2018, 09:24 AM   #3
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It's the cold air return for the furnace. It is pulling the air out of the basement

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Old 06-19-2018, 10:06 AM   #4
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So i figured it was the furnace return but did not see anything going directly to the furnace. Was expecting a return line to the furnace. But since the furnace pulls from the basement i see there needs to be access to pull cold are from the interior. Guess i would like a vent with a damper or one that that can be opened or closed depending on your needs, AC or heat.
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Old 06-19-2018, 10:08 AM   #5
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Noticed the issue myself when running fireplace and bathroom fan was on on a colder day. Pulled cold air onto the floor by the stairs.

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Old 06-19-2018, 10:24 AM   #6
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On our 16 Eagle 321 RSTS we have 3 of those vents one in each step. Kind of annoying I continually catch the heals of my shoes on them. If anyone comes up with a better idea let us know! I would be sure Jayco went the cheapest way possible.Thanks
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Old 06-19-2018, 01:37 PM   #7
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Our 2016 Model doesn't have that vent and I have seen no difference in the furnaces over the last 3 years.
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Our 2016 Model doesn't have that vent and I have seen no difference in the furnaces over the last 3 years.
Yours doesn't have the vent? My '16 does...that's a strange one!
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Mine has the vent. I cover it with reflectix during the summer to prevent extra heat entering from opening the outdoor kitchen
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It also keeps warm air circulating in the storage area, which also accesses the holding tanks and other things in the storage that you may not want to freeze in cold weather.
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