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Spott

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Posted: 12/13/09 04:51pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We like to winter camp but one problem we seem to have is the lack of heat at & around the pillows and the very front wall, to help with this I have installed two 120mm computer fans and a rheostat.

I had two places I thought about adding them and decided on the second

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Here is a before shot of the bulkhead

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and beginning to remove the trim, it was glued and nailed so it took a bit of work to remove it without damage

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After prying the luan away on the bed side I checked to make sure there wasn’t any wires in the way, I could also slide in a fan to see how far apart I could install them.

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I could then mark and drill the openings, by hanging a towel below the cuts I was able to catch almost all the saw dust in the towel (I held the towel open when I didn’t have a camera in my left hand)

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Here’s with a fan slid into place

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From the bed side I had to remove the luan in order to run power and install the controller,
I removed the controller from its case before installation inside the wall

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Wires & jumpers to test run

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Fans and controller from living area

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My favorite helper/observer

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Getting the wires to a source wasn’t easy but where there’s a will there’s a way

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Finished on the bed side

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Finished in the living area

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Fan label

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I got the fans, controller and extra grills at CoolerGuys.com
Yes, there are cheaper fans but my main goal was flow and low sound level, so I chose these

Gentle Typhoon fans

Variable speed controller

Extra grills

Extra screws

below is a video so you can hear them running (click photo)

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I will report back after we get out camping and see how they work out


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sleepy

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Posted: 12/13/09 05:08pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice looking install.. waiting your report. Then ... me too

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Posted: 12/13/09 07:26pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice! I like it!


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Posted: 12/13/09 09:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One vote for Listing this mod in the TCU sticky! Great JOb!


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Posted: 12/13/09 10:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice job. If I may, I have a question for you, do you think that Varible speed controler would work with the one speed bathroom fan? Or with a one speed kitchen hood fan? Thanks in advance.


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Posted: 12/13/09 05:28pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi Bruce: Good idea, it will also help push the humidity out of the bunk area.
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Posted: 12/13/09 11:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice install. With our furnace in the 1161, I installled a marine style varible flow vent cover as the heater would put too much heat up there and make sleepy sometimes uncomfortable. Where I had issue of getting heat was in the bath even so it had a duct vent the flow was weak...so I installed an in-line blower that can be switched off. It comes on with the heater and really moves the hot air aft and into the tank compartment no more frozen dump valves.

Your rheostat makes me think that I should change out the on-off to a variable speed switch. Sure helps to make the bath cozy for a shower. Moving air helps with condesation and you'll notice a differance.

Great job on the install and good details...supports the effrots taken by all of us to make things better.

I support another vote to have this made a TCU sticky. Capt PJ


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Posted: 12/14/09 01:56am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bruce,

What a great idea! A great looking installation too. Your right, never enough heat to the bed area. I think a lot of people are going to do that mod. Now if you could come up with a way to get my A/C to run that quiet.

Jim


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Posted: 12/14/09 07:50am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey thanks for opening up that area in the camper, I always wondered what sort of structure was under that part of the roof (not overly impressed though with what is there BTW, but it looks at least as good as other manufacturers I'd guess). When I've been up on the roof I've notice some flex in that area, it's a long span in the fiberglass buildup which I think would benefit from some width-wise contours (monday-morning quarterbacking of course).

Can the fans run in reverse to pull air (stale/moisture) out of the sleeping air? Let us know how it works. Thanks.

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Posted: 12/14/09 11:47am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

othertonka wrote:

Nice job. If I may, I have a question for you, do you think that Varible speed controller would work with the one speed bathroom fan? Or with a one speed kitchen hood fan? Thanks in advance.
I would think it would work fine as long as the ratings aren't exceeded, you'd have to check with the guys that sell them for the ratings. My other concern would be humidity in the bathroom, if it will shorten the life of the controller.

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