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Old 06-29-2022, 08:40 PM   #1
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Outside Stove Vents on our RV's - Do you know this??

A lot of RV'ers don't know this and I admit, i didn't until 1.5 years after owning mine.. The outside stove vent has two locking tabs to either lock or unlock the vent to allow the stove exhaust to vent outside. From the factory this trap door is locked closed. Simply push in on the two tabs opposite of each other and that will release the vent door to allow exhaust.
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This is a common newbie issue. Not sure if the dealers don't tell the new owners, or if the new owners are just overwhelmed with info.

Glad you figured this out.

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Old 06-30-2022, 05:23 AM   #3
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So the question is, does anyone actually lock it closed after they find out that it has to be unlocked?
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Old 06-30-2022, 05:35 AM   #4
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Mine stays unlocked. Older 5er vent used to slap in any wind and make annoying noise, that one was always locked unless fan was needed. BUT I didn't need a ladder to reach it either.
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I usually open it at the CG and close it before travel. A couple weeks ago, we stayed on the coast and the laminar wind coming off the ocean would blow it open and closed all night long, driving me crazy. So I had to open and close it after every use. And..it requires a ladder to get to it. I'm 6ft even and can't reach it.
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I always latch mine when moving. The older ones were famous for breaking off from flapping. Just another thing to add to the checklist!
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Never heard of it, better go look and see where it might be located
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Problem is they are so cheap they barely open when unlocked.
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We keep ours locked between trips.
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Never heard of it, better go look and see where it might be located
^^^^ This!! actually is a problem!!

Our daughter and SIL, about burned there last 5er up because they didn't realize that it had to be open when using the range hood, and it melted the entire back of that area of the wall!!

No one, during setup, ever said anything about that being closed, and needing to open it. I was there for pre-delivery, and they did NOT mention it...
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Problem is they are so cheap they barely open when unlocked.
I don't believe that the "distance" that they open, actually matters. It's the fact that they can exhaust the air out of that port. When it's closed, that air just recirculates inside of there, and just gets hotter and hotter...
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If the idea is to LOCK / UNLOCK for each trip, then make a way to UNLOCK it from the ground!! I'm 6', and standing on my tippy-toes, I still am about a 1' short of unlocking.

I'm not going to drag the ladder out every time to LOCK / UNLOCK. That seems silly...

YMMV...
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If the idea is to LOCK / UNLOCK for each trip, then make a way to UNLOCK it from the ground!! I'm 6', and standing on my tippy-toes, I still am about a 1' short of unlocking.

I'm not going to drag the ladder out every time to LOCK / UNLOCK. That seems silly...

YMMV...
Fortunately I can reach mine from the front door steps. Interesting though is that at home I have a vent hood and exterior vent (larger than on my RV) which has a small magnet that will break away allowing the vent to open when the vent fan turns on, then it clicks back closed when the fan is off. That design is what should be on our RV's. ~CA
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Fortunately I can reach mine from the front door steps. Interesting though is that at home I have a vent hood and exterior vent (larger than on my RV) which has a small magnet that will break away allowing the vent to open when the vent fan turns on, then it clicks back closed when the fan is off. That design is what should be on our RV's. ~CA
...and THAT would be a fabulous idea.

When we got our unit, the person DID tell us about that at our PDI, but it didn't really sink in, UNTIL our daugher and SIL had the issue with theirs. They just said "open it" when using the vent, and literally kept moving.

No mention of the fact that it's 10' in the air, and how to deal with that...
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I am presuming correctly that this vent is somewhere in the vicinity of the range inside? My bride does use the range, but mostly we grill food outside.
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My 2020 HT has the same vent in the picture (as, I assume, most RV's have now) and it is about 8' above ground most of the time. I am able to open (and close) mine with the tip of the handle of a broom. Those tabs need to be pushed up slightly to release, and it works well with a broom handle. To close it, I am able to push on the cover next to that tab and it latches easily. Give it a try and I bet you'll find it works. You have to be gentle, but it beats getting the ladder out!
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it's the outside vent up high in line with our stove location.. If you don't use your stove, then no concern for you...
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I am presuming correctly that this vent is somewhere in the vicinity of the range inside? My bride does use the range, but mostly we grill food outside.
The vent cover is located outside on the sidewall. It is attached to the stove hood.
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In the old days there was a lever to open it from the inside. That is no longer an option. IMO, a magnet strong enough to keep it closed when moving would not allow it to open when the fan was on.

I am getting ready to move out of here today and will be closing mine. I have a long stick that I have used for years and can open or close it from the ground.
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This was pointed out on our PDIs on both trailers that we bought new. Should be on every PDI.
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