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KJRitchie 11-05-2014 05:45 PM

Baraldi Vent Easy to Install?
 
Is the Baraldi vent hood a plug and play install? I have the Ventline hood and would like to upgrade but not if I have to fabricate fittings to the existing vent opening.

2008 Classic 25fb.

Thanks

Kelvin

Al and Missy 11-06-2014 06:42 PM

i just completed an install in my 2001 Safari, It was not plug and play, but not too difficult. Hardest part was figuring out how to do it. I bought $10 worth of aluminum extrusions from Lowes to adapt to the hole in the wall.

I'm in the process of writing it up and will post as a reply to this thread.

Al

Al and Missy 11-06-2014 07:55 PM

You asked about this when I posted about buying it. It didn't really take this long. I was away from home and didn't start until yesterday.

Al

Al and Missy 11-06-2014 08:02 PM

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Picture 1 is the original Ventline hood. Note that it is spaced away from the edge of the cabinet. At the lower back edge you can just see the black z-bracket that support the rear of the hood. In my experience it is an installation aid rather than a structural support.

Al and Missy 11-06-2014 08:04 PM

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Picture 2 shows the hood removed. Note the frame around the top that create a cavity for routing wires. Long screws go through the top surface of the hood and up through the holes in this frame to secure the hood to the bottom of the cabinet.

Al and Missy 11-06-2014 08:06 PM

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Picture 3 shows the top front right corner of the Baraldi vent. Note there is no mounting frame on top. The top surface of the hood would be up against the cabinet. On the right side you can see a set of mounting holes in a horizontal protrusion along the side. The Baraldi is apparently intended to mount on extensions of the cabinet sides or on rails attached to the cabinet bottom. I thought about mounting it that way, but it would require a trim piece on the front and the fan would slide over to the right about a half inch which turned out to be critical. I removed the plastic wire holder and relocated it and the wiring to the right side of the rear panel. this required drilling three holes in the panel. The wiring is sufficient to reach the new location so no splicing was required.

Al and Missy 11-06-2014 08:09 PM

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Picture 4 shows the rear wall with the original hood removed, but the z-bracket and the foam gasket are still in place.

Al and Missy 11-06-2014 08:11 PM

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Picture 5 shows the hole in the wall and the vent flap on the exterior. The pencil lines are the location of the bottom of the new hood when mounted flush with the bottom of the cabinet. Note that there is a gap where the hole in the wall extends below the bottom of the fan.

Al and Missy 11-06-2014 08:14 PM

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Picture 6 shows my solution to the problem. I bought two aluminum extrusions at Lowes. One was a 1/16 thick 1/2 x 1/2 angle. The other was a 1/16 thick 1" bar. I cut a piece of each the same length as the original z-bracket and screwed them to the wall. The bar was placed against the wall and the angle on top with the horizontal flange on top and even with the line for the bottom of the vent.

Al and Missy 11-06-2014 08:15 PM

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Picture 7 shows how I held the vent in place to mount it, since I was by myself. A helper would have been handy. The rear is resting on the new bracket and the front is held in place with a bungie cord while I drill and screw through the top of the hood into the bottom of the cabinet.

Al and Missy 11-06-2014 08:17 PM

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Picture 8 shows the completed job. Way more light, way more air movement and a much larger vent screen area.

Al and Missy 11-06-2014 09:01 PM

A note if you are considering this upgrade. I got my vent from nwrvsupply.com. This vent may be different from the one Airstream uses and sells. The sides are not stainless, but are painted gray hammertone. Mine is a Baraldi Swing (same name as Airstream's) 12 volt unit that was surplus stock intended for use in a Monaco coach. The dimensions are similar but not identical to those quoted by Airstream. The gray color and green stripe seen in the pictures on the front of the hood are a plastic wrap protector.

Al

KJRitchie 11-07-2014 02:13 PM

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I have the "box" grey Ventline which is a different design.

I checked nwrvsupply. They state the box dimensions of 22 3/4"w x 12 3/4" d x 2 3/4" h.

Another source is airstreamsupply.com. The price is about $100 more and the dimensions are slightly different; 22 3/4" x 14 3/4". The photo seems to show its all aluminum and not grey.

I wonder if the external vent hold for the 2009 models is cut in the same place as the 2008 models that used the box Ventline. I've attached what my vent hood looks like.

Kelvin

Al and Missy 11-07-2014 02:20 PM

It is pretty easy to drop the ventline, at least mine was. There are four screws that go through the top along the sides, two on the left and two on the right. That would let you see what the hole looks like.

Also, that 2-3/4 dimension is just the top part of the box above the side mounting rails. IIRC the total height is 5".

Al


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