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Old 10-23-2012, 02:51 PM   #1
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Bedroom furnace duct

I have what looks like a regular furnace duct at the bottom of the front bedside table (bed runs sideways), on my 5360 Dolphin, that has cold air coming out of it .
Does anyone know if this is a furnace duct, or some kind of a fresh air duct? If it "is" a furnace duct, it would be the only one on the left side of the motorhome.
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Old 10-23-2012, 06:17 PM   #2
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Might look in the basement and see if some duct work got bumped and dis-connected. Jim
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We have a 2005, Dolphin 5320 and it's got the same duct that you're describing. I believe ours is round and can be rotated to direct the heat in different directions. It is in fact a heat duct, at least on ours it is. We're in Northern Nevada and we've stayed in the coach in the back yard during the winter when it was in the 20's cold, and windy and never experienced cold air coming out of it. I'd agree with the other post that there might be a hose or duct pipe that has become disconnected somewhere.

Maybe try this. Fire up the furnace and let it get up to operating temperature. Place your hand over any other duct and get a feel for the temp and amount of the air coming out. Then place you hand over the duct outlet in question and see if it feels the same. I'd bet if you don't feel the same warm air as you do from other duct outlets, there's a hose disconnected somewhere.

By the way, your fresh air intake duct should be on the side of the bed, facing the rear of the coach. Just under the bed you'll see a 10x20 air filter. Just lift the bed up. I know this doesn't exactly pertain to your question, but I hope it's maybe helpful info also. When I finally discovered where that filter was, I was blown away. It looked like it was wearing an angora sweater from being so clogged. When I replaced it, the air flow increase was like a stage 2 upgrade on a Harley. It made a huge difference in the speed of cooling and heating.

Hope this is helpful.
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:12 PM   #4
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Pulled the duct cover off tonite, and there's no hose attached to it, and it's not in the space under the drawer. I do see a 4" or so hole in that space going thru the wall between the bedroom and bathroom, which would be at the lower corner of the tub.
Possibly the hose has come disconected and somehow been pulled thru that hole.
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The dolphin is one down from the troplcal which had the extra heater in the bathroom under the cabinet. it heated the bedroom at that duct. I replaced thebedroom cabinet duct vent in mine with a closed vent option on line for 5bucks.
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Sounds like you might be on the right track, now just find the hose that's supposed to be hooked up. Good luck as we all know how much room there is to work on stuff in a RV. Jim
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Good luck as we all know how much room there is to work on stuff in a RV. Jim
You got that right !

Today I aimed a flashlight into the hole between the bedroom & bathroom, and used my mechanic's mirror to have a look in there. No sign of a heating hose, just the bottom of the tub !

Wolfpack Fan..... Does your Dolphin also have a duct in the bathroom, like LandKinaMoho describes?
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Wideglide, yes I've got a heater duct in the bathroom. Sounds a little different than the one Landkinamoho describes though. No tub there. Toilet room is on passenger side, shower on the right. There's a duct in the toilet room though. Sounds like maybe your dolphin didn't have heat ducted to the bedroom, but the spot for it was installed. I think there's a bit of a cookie cutter approach with a lot of RV builds. Then if the trim level calls for the particular option, it's easilly installed. Sounds like that might be the case with yours. Maybe the best option is to just close it off to stop the cold air from coming in.
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Our 1998 Sea View is exactly the same. There is a vent but no hose attached. I thought maybe it was to let the heat from the bedroom into the area under the tub to keep the pipes from freezing?
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Wideglide, yes I've got a heater duct in the bathroom. Sounds a little different than the one Landkinamoho describes though. No tub there. Toilet room is on passenger side, shower on the right. There's a duct in the toilet room though. Sounds like maybe your dolphin didn't have heat ducted to the bedroom, but the spot for it was installed. I think there's a bit of a cookie cutter approach with a lot of RV builds. Then if the trim level calls for the particular option, it's easilly installed. Sounds like that might be the case with yours. Maybe the best option is to just close it off to stop the cold air from coming in.
Yes, that does appear to be the case. I'll just seal it up.
I do have one functional duct in the bedroom, under the breaker box.
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I guess as long as it's comfortable in the bedroom, that's what's important. We actually keep it pretty cool at night in the motorhome and enjoy the costco fleece sheets and a nice thick comforter. Wish there was a programable thermostat for the motorhome, like we've got in house.
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I sealed up the dummy furnace hole today !

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I've got close to the same money invested in my bike, as I have in the MH !!

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great looking bike! I ride a couch. 05 Ultra. Took it to Sturgis this year behind the Dolphin. Great trip!
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