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inhof009 06-18-2020 10:39 AM

Covering for front vent
 
I've got a vent for the driver heater that is always open to air, and can flow through the heater when it is switched to "fresh air". However, in the winter times, it serves no purpose other than drag (why pull fresh air instead of more efficiently heating the interior?).

So I put some duct tape on it, which is working fine, but it occasionally requires re-taping. Was wondering if anyone knows of a cover/plug commercially available or has custom made one and could give me some suggestions?

This is the vent:
https://i.imgur.com/dw8g3HV.jpg

jazty 06-18-2020 12:52 PM

Maybe take a closer look on the inside. On my Thomas there is a little lever down by the driver's left foot which is used for opening or closing a flap that lets air flow through that vent. It is labelled "Recirc" and "Fresh".

inhof009 06-18-2020 12:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jazty (Post 392372)
Maybe take a closer look on the inside. On my Thomas there is a little lever down by the driver's left foot which is used for opening or closing a flap that lets air flow through that vent. It is labelled "Recirc" and "Fresh".

I know I have a selector for "recirc" and "fresh" similarly to that, but it's a switch that controls something electronically. Even if I have it set to "recir", I can hear the wind whistling in that vent, so I'm pretty sure it doesn't fully "close" the vent.

jazty 06-18-2020 01:01 PM

Might want to get down there with a flash light and poke around then. You might have an electronic flap that opens and closes a vent down there. That vent might have damaged weather stripping. I know mine did. The adhesive had mostly failed and the weather stripping was dangling. I replaced the weather stripping to keep the wind out.


Alternatively you can engineer an outside manually applied cover, but having an easy way to open close the vent from the drivers seat is a nice convenience.

inhof009 06-18-2020 01:03 PM

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Originally Posted by jazty (Post 392374)
Might want to get down there with a flash light and poke around then. You might have an electronic flap that opens and closes a vent down there. That vent might have damaged weather stripping. I know mine did. The adhesive had mostly failed and the weather stripping was dangling. I replaced the weather stripping to keep the wind out.


Alternatively you can engineer an outside manually applied cover, but having an easy way to open close the vent from the drivers seat is a nice convenience.

Didn't know there was a flap that was actually supposed to move. Could be the issue. I'll look into that, thanks!

jazty 06-18-2020 01:05 PM

Every bus manufacturer does things a little differently, but it's worth a looksee anyway!


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