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Old 11-15-2017, 04:58 AM   #1
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Over stove exhaust vent question

We usually cook outside of our camper, but sometimes (like this past weekend when it was cold outside) it's more convenient to use the stove in the camper. The over the stove fan on our 92 T-2470 was ducted to the outside of the camper with a door that closed when not in use. Our 07 T-2499 has the type that pushes the air through a screen, but the air stays inside. It seems to me that at least some of the moisture generated while cooking was directed outside the camper in the older model, but that it stays in the camper on the newer one.
Does anyone know if there would be much of a benefit to retro-fitting a ducted vent in the new camper? Does a kit exist?
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I can't speak on the benefit, but you caught my interest- I researched a little bit and ductless range hoods are pretty rare. The ones that truly are have louvers on the front slanted part to vent the air out. IIRC, mine doesn't have any louvers, and a 2499 I found online doesn't appear to either. So, I'm not sure how they vent the air. It almost seems like if you took down the hood, you'd find it's a disguised vented model that isn't vented.

Here's a link to a similar complete range hood. It looks like the Sunline one, just with a name added on the label: https://www.ebay.com/itm/RV-TRAILER-...-/221914595119

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There's just that metal piece screwed onto the back of it to create the ducting. The outside vents have a flange that protrudes in through the wall, which would meet up to this duct and probably go around or inside it. Something tells me our range hoods just had this duct piece removed and either not covered or covered with a flat plate. So instead of buying a new range hood, you could probably make your own duct, buy an outside vent, and make it work.

Here's the outside vent piece for a Heng style: https://www.amazon.com/Hengs-J116AWH.../dp/B006JRLIVS

Here's the Heng catalog, and it doesn't show anything about a duct piece available separately in the parts list- but if it was, it would be like a dozen of them. Might be worth giving them a call to see if they do have one they could sell, because for likely $10 or less, that would be worth it vs. making one.

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Old 11-15-2017, 07:19 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply Jon, ours does have louvers at the front top of the range hood.
The fix looks pretty simple and inexpensive, I'll consider it for a Spring project!
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Thanks for the reply Jon, ours does have louvers at the front top of the range hood.
The fix looks pretty simple and inexpensive, I'll consider it for a Spring project!
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Interesting, I'll have to check mine for louvers now next time I'm up there, or see if I have any close up pics on my home computer. But yeah, a vent cap and some putty tape and screws and you'll have yourself an outside vent for probably under $20. Most RV dealers carry at least one or two types of outside stove vents since they can be broken, so you can look for it locally if you want too.
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Thanks for the reply Jon, ours does have louvers at the front top of the range hood.
The fix looks pretty simple and inexpensive, I'll consider it for a Spring project!
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JMHO, don't do it. Our 2499 was not vented, the Arctic Fox is. Sunline dropped those vents--per a much older thread--because they weren't worth the effort, prone to leaks and noisy. Open the window above the sink an inch or two and turn on the fan--it's far more effective than any range vent. If you want real ventilation change the whizzer in the bathroom to a proper fan--Maxxair or Fantastic.

The vent on our AF is the cheapest piece of plastic I've ever seen. It turned yellow the first year and is now brittle and I chipped the corner when I hit it with my wash mitt. The outside flap cannot be secured, despite the fragile clips, and it "chatters/buzzes" in the wind. Trust me, Sunline got it right when they dropped the vent.

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Old 11-15-2017, 12:22 PM   #6
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Also, pick up a magnetic induction hotplate if you don't have one. It's much better, and especially cooler than cooking with gas, plus you can take it outside. We like ours so much we always take it back into the house.

Saw one at Costco for less than CDN$50 just yesterday. Should be even less in US$.

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Well Henry, certainly thoughts for consideration. Thanks for sharing your own experiences. I hadn't thought about the leaks since our old camper vent cover was pulled shut by a rod controlled by a lever on the front of the hood. I guess these retro fits are "closed" by gravity.
As far as the noise, I think they're all noisy.
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Well Henry, certainly thoughts for consideration. Thanks for sharing your own experiences. I hadn't thought about the leaks since our old camper vent cover was pulled shut by a rod controlled by a lever on the front of the hood. I guess these retro fits are "closed" by gravity.
As far as the noise, I think they're all noisy.
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Sunline went to the gravity close style in 1995, so there weren't many years with it as lever close.
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I'll throw this into the mix...

The vented exhaust hood stopped in the 2003 model year. From 2004 on there was no outside vent. I can quickly tell the age marker by the lack of vent cover or if it has one, when we are looking at the newer campers.

I'm helping my neighbor now with his 2005 Keystone Cougar TT. He has a lot of delam... Seems I'll be doing a delam camper fix here come next spring.... It has the exhaust vent. The plastic is heavily yellowed and I can see the 2 plastic swing tabs to hold the door shut outside. I'm sure everyone remembers to open those tabs outside before they turn the fan in inside, right?

Hope this helps

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Our Lance stove hood vents to the outside. It works great. I'd hate to boil a pot of noodles without it.
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Our Lance stove hood vents to the outside. It works great. I'd hate to boil a pot of noodles without it.
What does yours look like and how does it work? Maybe you have a new gizmo...
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Steve said its just a standard hood vent. The outside cover he thinks looks to be a higher quality than what the Fox and Tweety had, but I guess time will tell. It definitely helps though.
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Thanks for the reply Jon, ours does have louvers at the front top of the range hood.
The fix looks pretty simple and inexpensive, I'll consider it for a Spring project!
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I checked this on Saturday, I really didn't think I had louvers. But I do! Between the textured black paint and most of them covered by the cabinet, they are both hidden and mostly ineffective!
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This past weekend, we visited our daughter and Son-in-law who have our T-2470 Sunline. I looked at the outside vent which is in excellent shape. It's plastic, but not even yellowed. The logo on it looks like a square outline with something in the middle. I don't know if that means anything to anyone or even if one purchased today would be of similar quality since it seems almost everything has been cheapened these days.
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