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Old 03-24-2015, 02:12 PM   #1
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Fabulous Operating Products range hood upgrade

Has anyone tried this range hood upgrade kit. It was in the April Trailer Life and is a (supposedly) higher volume, quieter squirrel cage fan upgrade for several existing hood models.

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Just read this in the mag. Need to check size of the hood fan and light unit!
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I await some experts to see if this is a quick and easy replacement.
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Old 03-25-2015, 07:49 AM   #4
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WAIT! I am awaiting some experts to see if this is a quick and easy replacement....and quieter, with more airflow!

I asked first....you're up!
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I am thinking the flapper opening mechanism could be modified with a bellcrank to open and close the stainless vent flap too?????
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OK Rich, I will weigh in here. I measured the fan box exterior at the top and it measures 18.5 x 12 x 2.5, the kit says it is for 12x9.5x4. Maybe if you pull our fan apart the tin box remaining up inside the shell is that size, but it is not obvious to me. Moreover, the external dimensions of the outside vent are 11.5x 5.5, the kit has a 12 x 5.25 dimension although I do not know the size of the hole in the AS shell.
So, the quick installation is not obvious to me from looking at the pictures or reading the instructions. If someone has installed this kit please speak up. It is still possible that the inside and outside holes in the AS shell are correct for this, but I do not know how to find out without taking everything apart.
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Larry, I don't have my AS at home. What hood does yours have? Pic?
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Baraldi. I replaced the halogen lights with LED but it is stock 2012 other than that.
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Sent e-mail inquiring about using this with the Baraldi but but no reply yet. I'm not a super DIYer but from what I can see it might be possible but it would take some major engineering to make it work.
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OK, different than mine. Here's the only pic I can find that shows even part of the hood. I want to say it is Dometic and looks like the one in the TL article??

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Sorry I don't have a better one.

hmmmm, pic shrunk down???????


EDIT: It is a Ventline...see here:
http://www.ventline.com/
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You would hope the cutouts are standard for these fan units, but who knows?
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Probably won't fit the Baraldi vent hoods on later models. Mine has the boxy Ventline B model I think. It might fit mine but I don't like the shape and would rather have the Baraldi even if its a bit noisier. Ventline doesn't exactly win design awards for their vents.

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Fine! I broke down and ordered one. My vent is a Ventline B series. I'll let ya'll know in a couple weeks.
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Well OK, although that may not help me.....when you pull the old one, and the vent, please measure the cutouts and let us know.
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