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Old 04-18-2016, 11:06 PM   #1
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Sticky external stove vent

Just picked up our new 19 ' Escape.. Got it home and all tucked away and was checking things out and noticed when I turned on the exhaust fan for the stove I walked outside and noticed the little flapper door was quite sticky and the fan didn't have the poop to open the flapper and yes the little tabs to keep it closed while traveling were open. Living on the island and a little apprehensive taking it back to have it replaced... Ferry costs.. That will be a $500 trip.
Ideas anyone ? I really don't want anyone touching this that didn't build it.. It kind of looks as though it's gotta go back and be taken off and replaced.
Anyone else with this experience ?

Maybe have to call Escape and get some direction ..

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Old 04-18-2016, 11:19 PM   #2
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On our 2012 19 we have the same issue. The fix for us was to take a small bulldog clip and clamp the flap open when we set up. It has become a routine and not that big of a deal for us. We found that the hood fan was better at making noise than moving air.

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Old 04-19-2016, 12:03 AM   #3
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Just disappointed is all, I just towed it home from the ETI and found this today. I literally had to go out and list the vent open to get any air flow at all. Then it would stick wide open when the fan was shut off, wasps and flies and little crawlies come to mind with a vent stuck open...
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Old 04-19-2016, 01:05 AM   #4
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Yup, you're right, the fan really doesn't have enough poop to fully open the flap.

Ditto holding it open. We use a red clothespin which is a good reminder to close and lock the flap before hitting the road. It is much more effective with the flap fully open.

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Old 04-19-2016, 07:07 AM   #5
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Common issue with these types of vents. Actually with use it will loosen up, or you can stand there and flip it up and down a bunch of times. Maybe squirt some dry lubricant in the slots/tabs.

I replaced the same vent on my Scamp years ago the things I mentioned above helped. Just remember, it's not going to ever stand straight out when using the fan without some help as mentioned.
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Old 04-19-2016, 07:27 AM   #6
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There is an interior screen to keep bugs out....
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Old 04-19-2016, 10:15 AM   #7
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I can't say how well the flapper works as I didn't discover the little tabs until I was getting the trailer ready for storage. And the light in the vent isn't anything to write home about either. Loren
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Old 04-19-2016, 05:22 PM   #8
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Here is the problem and the fix.
The grease screen inside contains a charcoal filter, I believe this set-up is designed for a recirculating system and not an externally vented system, you can get just the mesh screen which clips inside under the hood. If you remove that mesh screen the vent works great, lots of flow, the charcoal filter is just too restrictive for that type and size of fan.
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Old 04-19-2016, 05:41 PM   #9
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Vent sticking

A little lubrication and exercising the flap should help. Since you have to flip the little tabs to secure the flap before moving, that will be on you exterior checklist. Therefore, the hold open clothespin, chip clip or whatever is no big deal. To me anyway.
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Old 04-19-2016, 09:30 PM   #10
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I wasn't aware there was an inside screen and didn't want bugs to come in---(we get enough of the tiny guys with lights on in the evening and them coming in through the window screens)
Thanks--I do have clips already packed..

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