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Old 05-19-2018, 01:43 PM   #1
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Endura Range Vent Install

The old Ventline vent ran true to form. As it yellowed the lock tabs also broke off one by one. So I installed an Endura Range Vent. They certainly look sleek, don't have the flimsy little tabs and promise not to yellow. So what's not to love.

After removing the old Ventline the first surprise was that the hole cut in the range hood didn't match the hole cut in the trailer side. On the bottom about an inch of material used to seal the joint between the hood and the trailer side was protruding into the air path. At the top the cut out in the range hood left an inch of metal protruding downwards into the air path. So a little trimming was in order for maximum air flow. I also wanted to leave the door open, so to speak, for installing another type of fan later.

The opening in the trailer side is about a quarter inch too narrow in both directions. So a little trimming was in order.

I installed it according to the directions. They say use a gasket or buytl tape but don't provide a gasket. Fortunately I had buytl tape. I notice that ETI didn't use anything but caulk. Fortunately my good old Tumbler silicone remover made quick work of cleaning it off the trailer side.

The trailer side isn't perfectly flat. This creates two problems. One, the continuous hinge doesn't like not straight. It binds at one point but further open than it can go with the hood on. Secondly, vertically, the side isn't flat. This can be seen in the side view. It isn't much but it makes installing the hood extremely difficult. If I was doing it again I'd make the hood sides slightly concave.

Those latches. I hate them. I have a feeling that they're not going to last much longer than the Ventline's. Might be wrong but I don't like them. Also the juries out on the amount of air can move by the opening that's limited by the hood. The juries still out on that one.

Most mods I feel good about doing. But this one, time will tell.

Ron
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Old 05-19-2018, 03:34 PM   #2
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The 2013 Casita that we used to own came with the Endura vent. It didn't yellow but those tabs were very difficult to open - so much that I had the constant worry of breaking them each time I had to open it. Also, the outside cover breaks off fairly easy.

I was pleased with the tabs on the Ventline vent - tabs are easy to open/close. But it does yellow and degrade fairly quickly.

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Old 05-19-2018, 03:46 PM   #3
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I was pleased with the tabs on the Ventline vent - tabs are easy to open/close. But it does yellow and degrade fairly quickly.

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Paint it with Krylon Fusion paint for plastic. Colour "Dover White".
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Old 05-19-2018, 07:02 PM   #4
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I masked off my ventline and shot it with the fusion. Gloss white since I have new gel coat. Looks like new and won’t yellow now.
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Old 05-19-2018, 07:10 PM   #5
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The 2013 Casita that we used to own came with the Endura vent. It didn't yellow but those tabs were very difficult to open - so much that I had the constant worry of breaking them each time I had to open it. Also, the outside cover breaks off fairly easy.

I was pleased with the tabs on the Ventline vent - tabs are easy to open/close. But it does yellow and degrade fairly quickly.

You just can't win!
Actually for $200 you can win....do the SAM-1 upgrade. Solves all the problems mentioned in this thread and more. Moves the damper inside and comes with high quality exterior vent.

FOP SAM-1 Range Hood Fan Upgrade Kit
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Is this it?
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Old 05-19-2018, 08:35 PM   #7
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Hummm, I have a 30 year old Scamp that uses the same vent. Yes it's gotten funky and yellowed. Saturating a sponge with Dollar Tree Awesome Cleaner and a few swipes of the vent.... cleans all that 'nicotine' looking stuff off. It keeps on, keeps on....
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Yup. Thatís it. Canít stress enough how worthwhile the upgrade is. If you have any issues the owner, Larry, is very responsive. I know several members of the forum have spoken with him.
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Actually for $200 you can win....do the SAM-1 upgrade. Solves all the problems mentioned in this thread and more. Moves the damper inside and comes with high quality exterior vent.

FOP SAM-1 Range Hood Fan Upgrade Kit
Glad I did ! And the venting , Wow 3 speeds . The led light 2 switches . What is not to like , a Vent fan that works . Pat
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Yup. Thatís it. Canít stress enough how worthwhile the upgrade is. If you have any issues the owner, Larry, is very responsive. I know several members of the forum have spoken with him.
Dave besides your and Robert's help , I spoke to the owner too . Pat
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