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Old 08-19-2014, 03:33 PM   #1
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AC Vents

Sometimes a solution is sooooo simple...

I haven't gotten around to pulling my AC unit to re tape the vents, since I have pretty decent air flow this is a low priority on my long TO DO List.

I tried something this weekend that I think I'm going to stick with. I simply popped the centers out of the 4 AC vents in the den. I didn't notice any appreciable drop in the temperature at the thermostat, but man it sure felt a lot cooler with the down draft blowing on you.

I never close these vents so the caps don't matter. DW was bothered by the foil of the vent hose showing but I think I can fix that with a little KILZ white primer.

I always leave the AC vents in the bedroom and bathroom closed to force the air flow from the bedroom AC into the den. Even with these vents closed my bedroom & bath are like an icebox and I have to set that zone 5 to 6 degrees below the den to keep the bedroom AC running so it will help cool the den.

In 100 degree temps this weekend I was able to keep the trailer in the mid 70's during the heat of the day. I'm happy with that!!!
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Old 08-19-2014, 04:00 PM   #2
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Not to rain on your parade, but I keep my vents intact and have the same temps you do on 100+ days.
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Old 08-19-2014, 04:05 PM   #3
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Not to rain on your parade, but I keep my vents intact and have the same temps you do on 100+ days.
As mentioned I didn't notice any drop in the temperature, but you could actually feel the breeze from the vents while sitting on the couch and that seemed to make a difference.
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Old 08-19-2014, 06:08 PM   #4
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I am going to pull the AC this spring and do some taping then. I can't fathom they did a stellar job on mine. That said, 90+ days will freeze out my wife. Never have I had 2 AC units, let alone 3. My acceptance of the current setup may be tainted, but I for sure am happy with it.
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Old 08-20-2014, 04:58 AM   #5
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I did the same thing (dropped the center plates) from my vents and noticed that the AC seemed to work much more efficiently. This was even after I pulled the AC from the roof and sealed the ducts.
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Old 08-20-2014, 02:08 PM   #6
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I'm with the Toad, I pulled mine a few months ago and let the cold air trick my mind into thinking the AC was really working better.

Having more air movement can't hurt if it helps the occupants feel cooler.
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Old 08-26-2014, 07:23 PM   #7
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Hi, I picked up a 3970 Thursday. I am having an issue with the living area not cooling down. The A/C is not cooling nor cycling on and off like it should. It has good readings on the air temp but I suspect that the air flow is not as good as it should be. Any clue what might be a good fix? Thanks Jim
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Old 08-26-2014, 07:30 PM   #8
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Here is a good thread on the duct not work (work)
Air conditioners, the vent ducts are not working!!!
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Old 08-26-2014, 10:51 PM   #9
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I live is southwest Arizona so I know heat. I have re-taped the ducts up top and removed the vent shrouds in an attempt to cool the unit better. The problem with these things in there are to many cubic feet, not that great of insulation and not enough air conditioners. On a 105 degrees day I am doing good to keep main living area at 83 degrees. The bedroom is not a problem and the garage is better than the main living area.

What does make a world of difference are a couple or more strategically placed FANS.
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After reading all this stuff about duct work, and correcting my own it seems this is a bigger issue than schwintek. At least the air duct system can be corrected by owners, whereas schwintek is another story.
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I did the same thing (dropped the center plates) from my vents and noticed that the AC seemed to work much more efficiently. This was even after I pulled the AC from the roof and sealed the ducts.
Did you see a need to remove the AC and re-tape on yours? Just curious what you found...
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Did you see a need to remove the AC and re-tape on yours? Just curious what you found...
I realize the question was not directed to me. But, I removed the AC and re-taped my duct work. The job the factory did was pretty shabby. I can not say that I noticed a better a flow afterward though.
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Did you see a need to remove the AC and re-tape on yours? Just curious what you found...
I removed the AC and re-taped the ducts, then removed all the vents and re-taped the openings. This improved air flow considerably, but on very hot days it still didn't cool the camper well so that's when I removed the diffuser plates or whatever you call them. That seemed to allow the cold air to make its way down to our level.
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