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Old 12-30-2011, 07:44 AM   #11
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Can you post some pics as to where this air is coming in? If campfire smoke is entering the living area then something certainly is not right. I would think that trailer should be tight as a drum. On the caulking issue, it sounds like either they used the wrong caulk or did not let the area dry thoroughly before applying it or both. I would calmly explain my dissatisfaction to the current dealer about these issues and give them one more chance. If a desirable outcome is not achieved then I would call Jayco and explain the situation to them and possibly request another service location. Best of luck, and please keep us informed.
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Old 12-30-2011, 08:12 AM   #12
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I put insultion to block cold air on my 2010 371rlqs also check spare tire thay cut a big x hole in bottom for cable
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Old 12-30-2011, 09:07 PM   #13
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The louvered grill on the front of the furnace is the cold air return system. The furnace exhaust is outside the trailer and there is no way it will exhaust into the trailer. The furnace also draws in outside air for combustion. Find a better dealer.
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:52 AM   #14
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.However being an ac/heat guy ,since the heater ducts seem to be installed wrong I wouldnt trust this heater not to pull the CO(carbon monoxide) from the outside flue (with blower running) thru the return air since campfire smoke comes in RV now.Test the CO monitor reguarly.
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Old 12-31-2011, 11:11 AM   #15
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The louvered grill on the front of the furnace is the cold air return system. The furnace exhaust is outside the trailer and there is no way it will exhaust into the trailer. The furnace also draws in outside air for combustion. Find a better dealer.
On my rig, the furnace is on an outside wall with no return access to the inside. The stair slots are the return air route. In my case, blocking them would affect operation of the furnace.
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Old 12-31-2011, 03:16 PM   #16
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[QUOTE=vanwassup;47750]But you can see sunlight all over down there.....so there is circulation from outside air....[/QYUOTE]

You should not see sunlight in the area under the stairs. That area should be sealed tight from outside air. The only air access into the space under the stairs should be from the sealed underbelly area below the floor and the louvers allowing cool air return from the living area. If there is outside air entering that area the entry points should be sealed.
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We just laid a carpet runner over these stairs (mostly to keep the rug in better/new condition). The draft has been cut down immensely and so far, no problems with the heat.
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We just laid a carpet runner over these stairs (mostly to keep the rug in better/new condition). The draft has been cut down immensely and so far, no problems with the heat.
While that appears to provide a temporary fix, the original problem remains with the potential to allow moisture, campfire smoke, insects, and critters from the outside. That still needs to be addressed and I would find another dealer to do it if you don't want to dig into it yourself.
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While that appears to provide a temporary fix, the original problem remains with the potential to allow moisture, campfire smoke, insects, and critters from the outside. That still needs to be addressed and I would find another dealer to do it if you don't want to dig into it yourself.
I believe that it would also increase the likelihood of frozen water pipes in below freezing weather.
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I have had the entire area you are talking about fully exposed to run wires through the underbelly of my Eagle. There is no ductwork running to the stair vents. They do however offer a positive airflow return for the heating system. If you block every outlet for air to go out while the heat is on it will restrict the flow.

The area under the stairs is an extension of the cargo compartment and you do have open access to the underbelly from there. You could have pit smoke coming in from the exterior if the smoke was to travel under the unit and through an access hole not properly sealed with your cooktop exhaust fan on.

To properly insulate this area you should pull off the cargo area walls and see where you can seal and attach insulation to exposed walls to hold the furnace heat better. Simply blocking the stair vents may lead to other issues. I don't camp in the winter yet so it has not been on my to do list, but there is a significant area of exposure there to seal. Some fire resistant, non paper backed insulation would work best. I would avoid rigid foam since your in an area surrounding a heat source.
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