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Old 04-13-2021, 08:12 PM   #1
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61 bambi stove top vent

There is a space behind the stove top on my 61 Bambi where the warm air from the refrigerator rises. It is surrounded by a decorative grill. There is also a piece of aluminum closing off most of this vent hole. It doesn't look factory but wondering if it is?
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Old 04-14-2021, 12:30 AM   #2
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Yep, I believe so. I the late 50’s-early 60’s they did vent into the trailer - usually by a window.

Check out this link for photos of other ‘61 Bambi’s with the same vent.

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Our 58 Overlander has a vent like that for the oven/broiler, with the exhaust fan directly above. Here's the original configuration:

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I enlarged the opening to the width of the stove to make sure heat and moisture from burning propane could be vented easily.

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The opening in the stove top to the left of the oven vent is original. It lets heat off the back of the stove out. Why it was covered up originally is beyond me.
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Old 04-14-2021, 04:04 PM   #4
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It looks like you are missing the linoleum that goes in that area. It also looks like they tilted up the metal that goes in that area so nothing fall back there. I have pictures of that area in my blog at my website here under "it's curtains" https://bambiairstream.com/
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Old 04-15-2021, 12:26 PM   #5
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Thanks for the picture. That makes more sense than what I have. Do you know of a source for that metal? Different subject but yours lights are different than mine. My fixtures contain a 12 volt and a 110 volt bulb. Mine is from Ohio so maybe they made them different.
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Thanks for the picture. That makes more sense than what I have. Do you know of a source for that metal? Different subject but yours lights are different than mine. My fixtures contain a 12 volt and a 110 volt bulb. Mine is from Ohio so maybe they made them different.

We have a '61 TradeWind that we are working on right now that has a similar fridge "vent" system. There is space behind the fridge, then a small scoop covering some small holes in the inner skin that then go up through the roof. It also has the gold metal lattice "fence" to keep stuff from falling back into the chasm.


We may not be using the original fixtures (ours has the two-socket fixtures like yours...one for 12V and one for 120V). Also, we may not be reusing the lattice metal.



I was going to try to preserve the aura of the '61 while modernizing a good bit, but in the end, much of the interior and fittings need redone anyway as it is just worn out.


So, my metal lattice and/or fixtures might be available if you are interested.
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Old 04-16-2021, 12:48 PM   #7
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Thanks. I will keep that in mind once I start on that area.
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