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Old 05-18-2012, 08:37 PM   #1
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Winnebago / Itasca Aqua Hot Exhaust problem

Hope this post will help the new shopper, and if anyone has found a solution please post here. The problem is serious and should be valid enough for a recall. The 2012 Winnebago and Itasca 42 qd floorplan has a serious flaw in that the manufacturer has vented the diesel fumes from the Aqua Hot system to the patio side of the coach, essentially asphyxiating any one trying to sit under the awning or on the patio side of the coach (passenger side).... Not only is the outdoor enjoyment seriously hampered by smelly, black, fumes, but they really thought this one through when they dumped the exhaust right DIRECTLY under a bedroom window, yes, those bedroom windows will have to remain CLOSED while the Aqua Hot is on, if you do not want stunk up skunk exhaust fumes in your coach.... Of course you know carbon monoxide poisoning is less risk with diesel but it does STILL EXIST.....

Contacted Winnebago to ask when the recall was coming and was told that THIS WAS DONE BY DESIGN....???? (due to the full wall slide on this floorplan)...

beware buyers of this flaw, it is embarassing to "smoke out" your newly met camping friends on the first sit down at your $380,000 RV..... Cmon Winnebago, RECALL this and get us a pipe out the rear...Of course I could always just "turn it off" everytime I wanted to be on the patio side of my coach...but kinda defeats the purpose of such a pricey component???

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Old 05-19-2012, 02:56 AM   #2
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Until you get it redesigned and installed, use a Genturi.

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Old 05-19-2012, 06:03 AM   #3
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WOW, hard to believe a manufacturer would engineer something like this. You would think they would know where the last bolt would be installed. What happened to the CAD drawings.???? They should be able to come up with a solution, I know if I spent that kind of money I would be very persistent to arrive at a solution quick and not just recieve lip service. Please keep us informed, I have friends that are considering the aqua hot system.
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Old 05-19-2012, 06:36 AM   #4
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Having the Aqua Hot on the driver's side is not a complete solution. I have been on the patio eating and have to rushed to turn it off, because of the diesel fumes blowing under the coach. That said it is much better than the patio sided. Ever notice that Wanderlodges have the engine exhaust routed high in the rear cap. Big rig trucks also bhave their diesel exhaust routed high so the driver when loading/loading and just checking straps/chains without breathing as much fumes. Same thing for houses.
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As mentioned above, the Genturi system does make a difference, but I am not sure it would work in your case since it sounds like you would have to run it through a hole in the awning....not a great idea. Amazon.com: Camco 44461 RV Gen-Turi Generator Exhaust Venting System: Automotive
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