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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

HVAC: Moving A Vent

Our RV is a toy hauler. It was “converted” to a travel trailer by the original owners, before we bought it. They basically removed the rear ramp and walled off the back of the RV. This turned the “garage” into just an empty room. Unfortunately, KZ (the company of our RV) wasn’t planning on anyone living in the garage so they never piped heat into that room. I was preparing to write this lengthy and thorough blog post about what my Husband did to redirect our hallway furnace vent to a new one he drilled out in the girls’ room. But, he is worried that somebody out there will do exactly what he did and screw their RV up, because everyone’s RV’s are different. Long story short, he’s worried about liability issues and doesn’t want someone to turn back around and try to sue us or something. :( As much as I’d like to disagree with him I can’t. He’s right. We just happened to luck out that where our original hallway vent is, there was nothing to the left of it and we were able to just remove it, drill out a big hole (AFTER CHECKING BETWEEN THE TWO WALLS TO MAKE SURE THERE WAS NO WIRING RAN BETWEEN THEM RIGHT THERE), move the vent to the left and hook it into the hole. We had a spare vent cover and badda-boom, badda-bing, we have ourselves some genuine hot air blowing into the girls’ room now! :) This is the area where our hot water heater, furnace, sewer vent tubes, all the ventilation tubes, and water tubes run. If had made even the slightest cut off course, we would be in a lotta trouble and he doesn’t want that happening to someone else. With that being said, I am going to post just a couple of the pics of him in action, but not all of them, and I am not going to step-by-step go through “How To” do this. There is a LOT more to what he did than what I am going to post here.

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If you get the bright idea to do the same after reading my blog, we can’t stop you, but you’re on your own and you will proceed at your own risk. We will not be held liable for any of your errors.

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Sticking his hand into the hallway vent to feel around and look inside to see what’s all in there. We weren’t even sure if this project was going to happen.

cut hole diagram

He had to trace where he wanted the vent hole to be and because he couldn’t cut inside to the outside, he drilled pilot holes to show him where the outline of the vent hole would be. You can see how close we were to our sewer vent tube in the diagram above.

1. Pilot hole. 2. Pilot hole. 3. Soon to be new vent hole. 4. Sewer Vent Tube

He had to be EXTREMELY DILIGENT while cutting out the vent hole. Right next to it there was our sewer vent tube and if he had cut that…well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty.

He eventually made his way through both walls after checking that no wiring was ran in between them. He cut out a perfect circle, then…

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…the vent tube got re-routed to this hole, we replaced both vent covers and now we have a heated bedroom. I have a feeling we’re still going to need our electric fireplace during the winter if we’re somewhere cold though.

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Before and After.

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Thanks babe for doing this for the girls. I’m so lucky to have married a handy man! I love you and appreciate all that you do for this family. :)

Now, the next project we need to get around to for their room will be to build the girls a Dutch Door (the barn door that can open at the top, or bottom or click together and open as one single door). This project will include building a door frame, door jamb, any other door parts and inserting a threshold on the floor so we can stop tripping over the crappy linoleum that I stapled down to the sub-floor. Yikes. We’re also going to insert a kitty door so the boys can get into their room whenever they “gotta go”. I’m hoping we can get some cool looking, old-world style hammered iron-looking hinges and a door pull to compliment the style.

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