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Old 06-12-2020, 03:58 PM   #1
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Range Vent Flapper

When the wind come up in the evening the range vent flap makes noise banging around until I finally go out and secure it.

Is there a hack for this?

Tried the site searh and xyz site:airforums.com search with no joy.
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Old 06-12-2020, 04:04 PM   #2
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Yes, outside on the side of the flap is a little latch to secure it during travel.
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I use a custom spring actuated wind stream removable,(when brain fart causes failure to remove) gizmo.🥴

Added benefit...more flow less fan noise when door held open.👍

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Old 06-12-2020, 08:55 PM   #4
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Brilliant!

Did you make the gizmo on a 3d printer?
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Old 06-13-2020, 05:29 AM   #5
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Brilliant!

Did you make the gizmo on a 3d printer?
Good one!
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Old 06-13-2020, 06:31 AM   #6
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I use a custom spring actuated wind stream removable,(when brain fart causes failure to remove) gizmo.🥴

Added benefit...more flow less fan noise when door held open.👍

Bob
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That looks pretty ingenious. I wonder if it might have any other uses.
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Old 06-13-2020, 07:56 AM   #7
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the std vent has 2 SS clip that are meant to rotate in place when traveling , is windy or the stove is not in use.

take a closer look. I would be surprised if the clips are missing
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Old 06-13-2020, 12:04 PM   #8
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The little holder clips are still there and work fine when engaged.

The problem is after cooking at night I forget to engage the clips. After going to bed, when the wind comes up, the flapper starts flapping and banging around necessitating a quick run around the trailer in the dark to secure the flapper.

Gonna go see if I can find a gizmo in aluminum or stainless for the esthetic.
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Old 06-17-2020, 05:21 PM   #9
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I saw another solution for this same kind of thing on a different forum, way long ago. The poster had super-glued a couple of steel washers on the outside of the flap, and a couple of weak magnets on the coach body side of the flap. He glued the magnets on the bottom inside corners of the duct, and the steel washers were placed over where the magnets could attract them.

He had a lot of trial-and-error to get the amount of 'stick' right, but the idea was that as the flap closed, the magnets would hold it closed; then when he turned on the fan, the air pressure from the fan would 'pop' the flap open and the range fan functioned.

When he shut the fan off, the air pressure decreased, and the flap closed.

Sort of an automatic thing here, if you get the idea.
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Old 05-19-2024, 11:46 AM   #10
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the std vent has 2 SS clip that are meant to rotate in place when traveling , is windy or the stove is not in use.

take a closer look. I would be surprised if the clips are missing
Did a search to find this thread.

On my new to me FC 25RBT, the range hood vent is in fact missing the two turn buttons that would normally hold the flap closed. All I have is a couple holes.

Iíve sourced a complete external vent cover at Woodland Airstream for under 40, including the gasket set. I can do that, or just use a commercial plastic or aluminum turn button there, but I thought Iíd ask, does anyone know of a source for the original vent hood turn buttons that come with the hood cover?
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In my opinion if the vent is old enough to be missing the turn buttons, it's old enough to be replaced. The plastic on these (like all plastic parts) can become brittle and suddenly crack when you touch it.

Take the opportunity to replace it now, in your driveway and on your schedule, rather than on the road somewhere after you pull into a campsite and discover that half of it is missing.
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In my opinion if the vent is old enough to be missing the turn buttons, it's old enough to be replaced. The plastic on these (like all plastic parts) can become brittle and suddenly crack when you touch it.

Take the opportunity to replace it now, in your driveway and on your schedule, rather than on the road somewhere after you pull into a campsite and discover that half of it is missing.
Thanks Richard. That’s a fair point.
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Old 05-19-2024, 02:44 PM   #13
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Thanks Richard. Thatís a fair point.
Except those 'turn buttons" are not secured well. I lost one after a few years, well before plastic degradation was an issue.
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If all is well, except that the flapper turn /lock piece has come off, then I have used industrial sticky back velcro to secure the flap closed during travel. Just use 2 smaller pieces of velcro A on the flap, and the frame, and then a piece of the velcro B about the size of a 2 inch piece of scotch tape to run across the frame connecting both of the A pieces. (do on each end)
Bonus that when you are camped and the barometric vent hood relief damper is open you can simply hang piece B on the piece A on the frame so it doesn't get lost.
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