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Old 07-20-2011, 03:31 PM   #71
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Great welding job on the rub rails - I'd really like to acquire that skill & equipment one of these days.

I'm curious about something though: I don't understand how that vent works - it looks like the rain would just go right into it, almost like it's upside down or something? Maybe it's just a visual illusion, or I'm not seeing it clearly in the pic?
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Old 07-20-2011, 04:58 PM   #72
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It's the way it was made. It's installed right. Just looks odd. It's a fairly common RV vent cover.
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I think copper line for the gas is not a good idea due to vibration. When you flare copper the material gets stressed at the flaring point and may break due to vibration from driving ( a problem that does not exist with static applications). Probably an approved flexible hose from your line to the appliance would be a better idea.
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Old 07-20-2011, 05:23 PM   #74
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Now you tell me, after we bought and used the flaring tool......I would agree with that that the vibration could pose a problem. I have but a short run to the water heater and it is fastened against the wall with rubberized gromets so I think on that one I am safe, but I will take a closer look at the other appliances to make sure that we don't have a problem.

And the vent does look like it is upside down but it is not, the little hole are on the top and we have had plenty of rain in Seattle with no leakage...

Rain and cold go away, how can I ever paint the bus in this weather.


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Old 07-20-2011, 05:38 PM   #75
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I think copper line for the gas is not a good idea due to vibration. When you flare copper the material gets stressed at the flaring point and may break due to vibration from driving ( a problem that does not exist with static applications). Probably an approved flexible hose from your line to the appliance would be a better idea.
I'm sitting typing this in a 1977 sticks-n-staples RV with the original copper tubing. No flexible tubing in the whole thing (except for the homemade "Extend-a-stay" we built). It has 93,250 miles on it. LP to the furnace, range and water heater. You had better be very careful about the flexible METAL tubing that are for gas appliances. The stuff that is articulated will rust and leak in a very short time.

Like this...


Don't get this, it will break at the articulation and leak. It was not made to handle being moved a lot. We prefer the iron pipe with shutoff valves and flexible rubber gas hoses. (I think the one pictured is for water hook up but the gas one looks just like it)
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Great welding job on the rub rails - I'd really like to acquire that skill & equipment one of these days.

I'm curious about something though: I don't understand how that vent works - it looks like the rain would just go right into it, almost like it's upside down or something? Maybe it's just a visual illusion, or I'm not seeing it clearly in the pic?
The white cover has the 3 recesses that have openings along the top. The back, sides and bottom of each recess is solid. It isn't truely a vent so much as a ventilated cover that covers the working parts of the refrigerator. RV fridges usually vent burner gases out through the roof.
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Old 08-23-2011, 02:21 PM   #77
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Well it has been awhile since we posted anyhting, so here it is short and sweet.


Should be able to store the required things up here.
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Old 08-23-2011, 04:11 PM   #78
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Hello, I have the same lower vent for my fridge. Yours does look to be upside down, it should have the twist latches on the bottom. If water runs over your it will fill up. Also if you plan on using your fridge on propane, I would line the back wall and upper vent with thin metal. The reason being, I recently took apart a 2008 travel trailer and found the panelled wall behind the exhaust portion of the fridge charred slightly. Also you want the back of the fridge well sealed from the interior of your vehicle in case of propane leak, it should leak outside. I know its sounds a little over kill, but I have had a leak from a fridge in a trailer. I just happened to notice it when I went in to grab a beer, could barely breathe. Both kids were sleeping inside at the time. Scary... I just installed my fridge, I lined the bottom. top and sides of the opening with metal flashing and then sealed it. once the fridge was in place I used spray foam to finish the job. (sorry no pics of installation). Now I sleep better.. That's all for now, thanks, Carl
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Old 08-23-2011, 07:38 PM   #79
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If I flip my vent over so that the latches are on the bottom so will be my little vent holes in each vain of the vent, the way it is the picture the holes for the vent are on top and no water can get in. Perhaps they have changed the way the vents are made because I am 100 % sure that it is in correctly.
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Your right, I just looked at mine. The design is the same but the latch is on the bottom, sorry about that. Cheers
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