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Old 06-28-2016, 06:14 PM   #61
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I know in the past I had a quote for shipping form Camec, but can't seem to be able to get one. I think I will fire them an email. They did respond with a few requests before.
I heard back quick, as it is early morning tomorrow there. They no longer offer international shipping. Too bad, they have a lot of cool stuff.
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Old 06-28-2016, 10:43 PM   #62
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Does any know why these nicer hoods are not more readily available in the U.S. and Canada?
My guess is that not enough people here are willing to pay for better-quality RV parts. Cheap volume is the motto of the North American RV industry (with exceptions, of course ).

The manual on that website indicates the supplier as "Coast RV Pty Ltd, trading as Coast to Coast RV Services". Coast to Coast appears to be a wholesale distributor, rather than a manufacturer, so I assume that someone else is making the range hood and branding it "Sphere" (Coast's electrical appliance brand) just for Coast to Coast. Their dealer listing page indicates that all of them are in Australia - perhaps one of those dealers would send product here, but other than tediously checking out each of them I don't know how to tell.

The alternative would be to find who makes it for Coast to Coast, and see who else they make it for... but I'm guessing that company has probably just been acquired by Dometic.
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When I study the install closer it appears it should be recessed (note the unfinished side panel in your previous post).
I agree - that's what the Sphere manual shows.

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I had considered a recessed mount, but I think it would be fine surface mounted too. Worst case scenario would be a stainless steel side would be needed on one side, with the other against a gable anyway.
I agree - you could mount it with screw though the holes in the top, and attach whatever you want as a side panel (perhaps using the side mounting holes), such as stainless, or wood matched to the cabinets, or just about any sheet material in a complementary finish. It has a black glass front - you could use a black acrylic side (with polished edges).
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Old 06-29-2016, 08:09 AM   #64
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From Dometic this morning regarding the CK 500.

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That range hood is still going through the approval process so it may be the 4th quarter. As of right now, we do not have an exact release date.
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Old 06-29-2016, 10:40 AM   #65
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retrofit kit

I would rather put the $200 towards a new hood, but has anyone tried this SAM-1 retrofit from Fabulous Operating Products LLC? It apparently is not the easiest on the Heng's model hood due to the spot welding of the original fan enclosure to the hood, but can be done. It gets you a quieter 3 speed fan with much greater capacity, an LED light with two levels of brightness and a slide damper that is indoors (eliminating the outside flapper that must be secured). Note that original fan and light switch on face of hood stay intact and new switches for fan speed and LED brightness are on the new fan enclosure.

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... has anyone tried this SAM-1 retrofit from Fabulous Operating Products LLC?
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It gets you a quieter 3 speed fan with much greater capacity, an LED light with two levels of brightness and a slide damper that is indoors (eliminating the outside flapper that must be secured).
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www.billgehr.com/images/TL_2015-04_Overhead_Overhaul.pdf
That's interesting. Since little if anything of the original hood is used other than the outer case, this looks like it has potential for someone talented in cabinetry - perhaps Chris R, Ian G, etc - to make a custom hood to suit their style and functional requirements.
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Old 06-29-2016, 01:15 PM   #67
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That's interesting. Since little if anything of the original hood is used other than the outer case, this looks like it has potential for someone talented in cabinetry - perhaps Chris R, Ian G, etc - to make a custom hood to suit their style and functional requirements.
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The "maybe some day Dometic" or the Camec Range Hood both look like good alternatives to the stock Escape supplied hood. My biggest problem with the standard hood is at 6', I can't see the back of the stove when standing in front of it without ducking or standing back against the refrigerator.

Still, since I don't cook anything but an occasional soup inside, I'll probably skip any of them...
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My biggest problem with the standard hood is at 6', I can't see the back of the stove when standing in front of it without ducking or standing back against the refrigerator.
That's a reason to make a custom housing which doesn't protrude as far... if you have a use for a hood, of course.

I think this is more of an issue in RVs than in houses because the upper cabinets in RVs don't step up as much (if at all) over the stove, so the hood is lower.
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and a slide damper that is indoors (eliminating the outside flapper that must be secured).
I like that feature.

Hmm, that gets me thinking, and that's sometimes not a good thing. I have some left over push-pull solenoids. Maybe I could use one of those to do the same thing and save having to do the exterior lock and unlock routine.

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